Keith Urban Leads 2017 ACM Nominees With Seven, Miranda Lambert & Maren Morris Get Six

Keith Urban performs in 2016
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Keith Urban performs during Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight New Year's Eve Celebration on Dec. 31, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

Keith Urban leads all nominees for the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards with seven nods, including five for his album Ripcord, as well his seventh bid for Entertainer of the Year and 10th for Male Vocalist of the Year. Just behind him are Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris, which have six nominations each and Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw with five apiece. 

The dynamic duo of Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to host the show for a second year. The ACM's, produced for TV by dick clark productions, will air live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2 (8 p.m. ET) on CBS. Seven-time Female Vocalist of the Year Lambert is nominated in that category as well, in addition to her fifth nomination in the Album of the Year category for her acclaimed double-album The Weight of These Wings. 

Lambert’s “Vice” is up for Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Video of the Year. She was also nominated twice for "Vice" in the Song of the Year category, as both artist and songwriter. Lambert already holds the record for Vocalist of the Year wins and if she wins this year it will mark her eighth consecutive victory in that category.

Keeping the momentum from her breakout year, first-time nominee Morris' six nods included Female Vocalist of the Year and New Female Vocalist of the Year, in addition to bids as both producer and artist in the Album of the Year race for. She also earned noms as both artist and producer in Single Record of the Year for “My Church.”

FGL notched their fifth nomination in the Vocal Duo of the Year category, as well as their second bid for Entertainer of the Year and a look for Album of the Year for Dig Your Roots. Sixteen-time ACM nominee McGraw got two nominations in Single Record of the Year as both artist and producer for "Humble and Kind," and Song of the Year and Video of the Year for the same track.

If Urban wins Entertainer of the Year he will be eligible for the Academy's prestigious Triple Crown Award, which is given to artists who've won New Male/Female Vocalist of the Year, Male/Female Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.

Other multiple nominees include Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton with three each. Below is the full list of nominees, voted on by the Academy of Country Music's professional membership:

Entertainer of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Big & Rich
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

Vocal Group of The Year

  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts

New Male Vocalist Of The Year Presented By T-MOBILE

  • Kane Brown
  • Chris Janson
  • Chris Lane
  • Jon Pardi
  • Brett Young

New Female Vocalist of the Year Presented By T-MOBILE

  • Lauren Alaina
  • Cam
  • Brandy Clark
  • Maren Morris

New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year Presented By T-MOBILE

  • A Thousand Horses
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Maddie & Tae

Album of the Year 

  • Black – Dierks Bentley
  • Dig Your Roots – Florida Georgia Line
  • HERO – Maren Morris
  • Ripcord – Keith Urban
  • The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert

Single Record of the Year

  • "Blue Ain’t Your Color" – Keith Urban
  • "H.O.L.Y." – Florida Georgia Line
  • "Humble And Kind" – Tim McGraw
  • "My Church" – Maren Morris
  • "Vice" – Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year

  • "Blue Ain’t Your Color" – Keith Urban
  • "Die A Happy Man" – Thomas Rhett
  • "Humble And Kind" – Tim McGraw
  • "Kill A Word" – Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens
  • "Tennessee Whiskey" – Chris Stapleton
  • "Vice" – Miranda Lambert

Video of the Year Presented By XFINITY

  • "Fire Away" – Chris Stapleton
  • "Forever Country" – Artists of Then, Now & Forever
  • "Humble And Kind" – Tim McGraw
  • "Peter Pan" – Kelsea Ballerini
  • "Vice" – Miranda Lambert

Songwriter of the Year

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Luke Laird
  • Hillary Lindsey
  • Shane McAnally
  • Lori McKenna

Vocal Event of the Year

  • "Different For Girls" – Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
  • "Forever Country" – Artists of Then, Now & Forever
  • "May We All" – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw
  • "Setting The World On Fire" – Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk
  • "Think Of You" – Chris Young Featuring Cassadee Pope

For the full list of nominees click here.


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