Chris Stapleton

Nominations have been announced for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards. Chris Stapleton leads with eight nominations.

Thomas Rhett earned six, including his second nod for Male Vocalist of the Year. Keith Urban has five, including his eighth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris each received four; both were nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.

Hosted by Reba McEntire, the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on April 15th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. 

Stapleton’s nominations show an impressive longevity for his current run of form. His main nominations relate to country’s best-selling album of 2017, From A Room: Volume 1, which hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200. But Volume 2 is already out, released in December, and that also hit No. 2. So Stapleton will likely get more nominations for that in 2019. Stapleton also recently joined forces with Justin Timberlake on “Say Something.” Looks like the awards industry may struggle to keep up with him.

Selected ACM nominations are:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean

Garth Brooks

Luke Bryan

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban


Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Reba McEntire

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood


Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Chris Young


Album of the Year

The Breaker – Little Big Town

California Sunrise – Jon Pardi

From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton

Happy Endings – Old Dominion

Life Changes – Thomas Rhett


Single Record of the Year

"Better Man" – Little Big Town

"Body Like a Back Road" – Sam Hunt

"Broken Halos" – Chris Stapleton

"Drinkin' Problem" – Midland

"I'll Name the Dogs" – Blake Shelton