Academy of Country Music Awards 2016: Complete List Of Nominees, Chris Stapleton Leads With 7, Cam Next With 6

The nominees for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, and it appears as though Chris Stapleton is leading the nominations with seven total.

Stapleton received two nominations for Song of the Year (one as artist, one as songwriter) for “Nobody to Blame,” Male Vocalist of the Year, New Male Vocalist of the Year, two for Album of the Year for Traveller (as artist, and as producer), and Vocal Event of the Year for “Hangover Tonight” with Gary Allan. These nominations are the first for Stapleton as an artist.

Newcomer Cam has been nominated for six awards, the first time ever that she has been nominated for an ACM. She was nominated twice (as artist, and songwriter) for Song of the Year for her hit “Burning House,” New Female Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year for “Burning House,” and is nominated twice (as artist, and as producer) for Single Record of the Year for “Burning House.”

The Complete List of Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Miranda Lambert
Luke Bryan
Eric Church

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Dierks Bentley
Jason Aldean
Brett Eldredge
Chris Stapleton
Eric Church

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Jana Kramer
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band
Eli Young Band

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey + Rory
Maddie & Tae

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
[Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

Eric Church – Mr. Misunderstood
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

Chris Stapleton – Traveller
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Records

Sam Hunt – Montevallo
Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally
Record Label: MCA Nashville

Thomas Rhett – Tangled Up
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Chris DeStefano, Joe London
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

Chris Young – I’m Comin’ Over
Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
Record Label: RCA Records

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Brett Eldredge
Chris Janson
Thomas Rhett
Chase Rice
Chris Stapleton

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Cam
Mickey Guyton
RaeLynn

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
A Thousand Horses
Brothers Osborne
Maddie & Tae
Old Dominion
Parmalee

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)

“Biscuits” – Kacey Musgraves
Director: Mark Klasfeld
Producer: Nicole Acacio

“Burning House” – Cam
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Producer: Trent Hardville

“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
Director: Karla Welch & Matthew Welch
Producer: Amanda Prunesti

“Mr. Misunderstood” – Eric Church
Director: Reid Long & John Peets
Producer: Megan Smith

“Riser” – Dierks Bentley
Director: Wes Edwards
Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)

“Hangover Tonight” – Gary Allan Featuring Chris Stapleton
Producer: Gary Allan, Greg Droman
Record Label: MCA Nashville

“Home Alone Tonight” – Luke Bryan Featuring Karen Fairchild
Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens
Record Label: Capitol Nashville

“Raise ‘Em Up” – Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church
Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban
Record Label: Hit Red, Capitol Nashville

“Smokin’ And Drinkin'” – Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town
Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville

“Wild Child” – Kenny Chesney With Grace Potter
Producer: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
Record Label: Blue Chair, Columbia Nashville

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR
Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)

“Burning House” – Cam
“Buy Me A Boat” – Chris Janson
“Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
“I’m Comin’ Over” – Chris Young
“Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt

On February 18, the Academy of Country Music announced the nominees for Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. This year, the awards have been revised a bit, and a “professional panel made entirely of award-winning songwriters helped select the nominees for the category that were then voted on by the Composer class of ACM Membership to appear on the final ballot.”

“The ACM Board of Directors recently voted to revise the prestigious Song of the Year Award criteria to allow the greater songwriting community a stronger voice in determining the final nominees,” according to Tiffany Moon, the Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Academy of Country Music. “Songwriters are at the inception of all of this; we’re privileged to have their expertise in choosing the most well-crafted songs.”

SONG OF THE YEAR
Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)
Burning House – Cam
Songwriters: Jeffrey Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Cam
Publishers: Marvelous Oaks Records (ASCAP), Creative Pulse Music (BMI), One Year Yesterday Publishing (BMI), Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI), These Are Pulse Songs (BMI), Way Above Music (BMI)

Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Songwriters: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose
Publishers: HillarodyRathbone Music (ASCAP), Hoodie Songs (BMI), Songs of Crazy Girl Music (BMI), Songs of Universal Inc (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

Nobody To Blame – Chris Stapleton
Songwriters: Chris Stapleton, Barry Bales, Ronnie Bowman
Publishers: House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Quackhead Music (BMI), RayLynn Publishing (BMI)

Raise ‘Em Up – Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church
Songwriters: Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston, Jeffrey Steele
Publishers: Jeffrey Steele Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), TomDouglasMusic (BMI), Sony/ATV Harmony (ASCAP), Texa Rae Music (ASCAP)

She Don’t Love You – Eric Paslay
Songwriters: Eric Paslay, Jennifer Wayne
Publishers: Five Stone Publishing (ASCAP), Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP), Songwriters of Platinum Pen Publishing (BMI)

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR *(OFF CAMERA AWARD)
Rodney Clawson
Ross Copperman
Ashley Gorley
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

The 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards will be hosted by Dierks Bentley and the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan. The awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 3 starting at 8 p.m.

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