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ACM Awards 2021: Here Are The Nominees

ACM Awards 2021: Here Are The Nominees

On Friday, the nominees for the 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards were officially announced! Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead the pack with 6 nods each, and there's several nominations that are of historical significance for the awards show. Find out who's up for an award this year!

The 2021 ACM Awards has officially revealed the full list of nominees for this year's ceremony! The awards show recognizes the best in country music, and is set to take place in April in Nashville, Tennessee. Frontrunners Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton both received 6 nominations, followed by Miranda Lambert, who scored 5.

As Entertainment Tonight mentions, several of the nominations are also of historical significance for the awards show. The ACM Awards has a record number of Black nominees, with John Legend, Mickey Guyton, Kane Brown, and Jimmie Allen all getting nods. The Single of the Year category is also noteworthy, seeing as every performer nominated for that award is a woman!

Here's who has been recognized by the Academy of Country Music for their work in the industry!

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Carly Pearce

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Combs
  • Eric Church
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
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Chris Stapleton at The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize tribute concert at DAR Constitution Hall on March 04, 2020 in Washington, DC

DUO OF THE YEAR

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • The Cadillac Three
  • The Highwomen

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Ingrid Andress
  • Tenille Arts
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Mickey Guyton
  • Caylee Hammack

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Travis Denning
  • HARDY
  • Cody Johnson
  • Parker McCollum

ALBUM OF THE YEAR 

  • Born Here Live Here Die Here – Luke Bryan
  • Mixtape Vol. 1 – Kane Brown
  • Never Will – Ashley McBryde 
  • Skeletons – Brothers Osborne
  • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

  • "Bluebird" – Miranda Lambert
  • "I Hope" – Gabby Barrett
  • "I Hope You’re Happy Now" – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
  • "More Hearts Than Mine" – Ingrid Andress
  • "The Bones" – Maren Morris
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Miranda Lambert attends the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards on April 7, 2019.

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • "Bluebird" – Miranda Lambert; Songwriter(s): Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby
  • "One Night Standards" – Ashley McBryde; Songwriter(s): Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally
  • "Some People Do" – Old Dominion Songwriter(s): Jesse Frasure, Matt Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Shane McAnally 
  • "Starting Over" – Chris Stapleton; Songwriter(s): Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson
  • "The Bones" – Maren Morris; Songwriter(s): Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris, Laura Veltz

The 2021 ACM Awards are set to be broadcast on CBS on Sunday, March 13. Several iconic Nashville locations will serve as the venues, with the show streaming live performances from The Grand Ole Opry House, Bluebird Cafe, and Ryman Auditorium!