The ACM Nominees Are…

With seven nominations, CHRIS YOUNG leads the pack of nominees for THE 57th ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, announced Thursday morning. He is followed by WALKER HAYES (a first-time nominee), MIRANDA LAMBERT and CHRIS STAPLETON with five apiece.

JORDAN DAVIS, CARLY PEARCE, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, MORGAN WALLEN, and producer/songwriters SHANE McANALLY and JOSH OSBORNE each received four nominations. WALLEN’s recognition is particularly notable since he was deemed ineligible for the ACMs and other awards last year after TMZ shared a video of him shouting a racial slur. Earning triple nominations this year are JASON ALDEAN, KANE BROWN, LUKE BRYAN, ASHLEY McBRYDE, LAINEY WILSON and producer DAVE COBB.

Among the developments the ACM is touting, female artists earned nominations in every major category for which they are eligible, and 37% of this years’s nominations went to women, an increase from an average of 35% over the last five years. Also, 35% of those being recognized this year are either first time nominees overall, or earned first-time nods in their respective categories.

The show, co-hosted by DOLLY PARTON, JIMMIE ALLEN and GABBY BARRETT, is set for MONDAY, MARCH 7th, streaming live and commercial free exclusively on PRIME VIDEO from ALLEGIANT STADIUM in LAS VEGAS beginning at 8p (ET).

Following is a list of nominees in the major categories. There is no New Duo of Group of the Year category for 2022 as the ACM deemed there were no eligible artists in the category.

Awards are voted on by the more than 4,600 professional members of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, which has increased its membership by 12% in the past year.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

ERIC CHURCH

LUKE COMBS

MIRANDA LAMBERT

CHRIS STAPLETON

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

GABBY BARRETT

MIRANDA LAMBERT

ASHLEY McBRYDE

MAREN MORRIS

CARLY PEARCE

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

JIMMIE ALLEN

LUKE COMBS

THOMAS RHETT

CHRIS STAPLETON

MORGAN WALLEN

DUO OF THE YEAR

BROOKS & DUNN

BROTHERS OSBORNE

DAN + SHAY

LOCASH

MADDIE & TAE

GROUP OF THE YEAR

LADY A

LITTLE BIG TOWN

MIDLAND

OLD DOMINION

THE CADILLAC THREE

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

TENILLE ARTS

PRISCILLA BLOCK

LILY ROSE

CAITLYN SMITH

LAINEY WILSON

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

HARDY

WALKER HAYES

RYAN HURD

PARKER McCOLLUM

ELVIE SHANE

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

29: Written in Stone – CARLY PEARCE

Producers: SHANE McANALLY, JOSH OSBORNE, JIMMY ROBBINS, TONY BROWN

Record Company-Label: BIG MACHINE RECORDS

Country Again: Side A – THOMAS RHETT

Producers: DANN HUFF, JESSE FRASURE, MATT DRAGSTREM

Record Company-Label: BIG MACHINE LABEL GROUP

Dangerous: The Double Album – MORGAN WALLEN

Producer: JOEY MOI, JACOB DURRETT, CHARLIE HANDSOME, MATT DRAGSTREM, DAVE COHEN

Record Company-Label: BIG LOUD RECORDS / REPUBLIC RECORDS

Famous Friends – CHRIS YOUNG

Producer: MARK HOLMAN, COREY CROWDER, CHRIS YOUNG, CHRIS DeSTEFANO

Record Company-Label: RCA RECORDS NASHVILLE

The Marfa Tapes – JACK INGRAM, MIRANDA LAMBERT, JON RANDALL

Producers: JACK INGRAM, MIRANDA LAMBERT, JON RANDALL

Record Company-Label: VANNER RECORDS / RCA RECORDS NASHVILLE

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

Buy Dirt – JORDAN DAVIS featuring LUKE BRYAN 

Producer: PAUL DiGiIOVANNI

Record Company-Label: MCA NASHVILLE

Famous Friends – CHRIS YOUNG and KANE BROWN

Producers: COREY CROWDER, CHRIS YOUNG

Record Company-Label: RCA RECORDS NASHVILLE

Fancy Like – WALKER HAYES

Producers: WALKER HAYES, SHANE McANALLY, JOE THIBODEAU

Record Company-Label: MONUMENT RECORDS

If I Didn’t Love You – JASON ALDEAN and CARRIE UNDERWOOD 

Producer: MICHAEL KNOX

Record Company-Label: BROKEN BOW RECORDS; MACON MUSIC, LLC; BBR MUSIC GROUP, BMG

You Should Probably Leave – CHRIS STAPLETON

Producers: DAVE COBB, CHRIS STAPLETON

Record Company-Label: MERCURY NASHVILLE