The nominations for the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards mirror the achievements of the best established and rising artists within the style. Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 2019 subject with six nominations every whereas Kacey Musgraves, recent from profitable her Grammy Awards for Golden Hour (album of the 12 months and finest nation album), has 5. Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha every have 4 nods, whereas producer Ian Fitchuk, a first-time nominee, is up for six awards. Following is a take a look at the artists who garnered essentially the most nominations and their most up-to-date album releases.
DAN + SHAY DAN + SHAY Six nominations together with duo, single, music occasion and video of the 12 months
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney scored back-to-back No. 1s on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with “Speechless” and “Tequila” -- the latter incomes raves from pop vocalists Demi Lovato and Kelly Clarkson. Both songs are featured on the pair’s self-titled third LP, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart final July. In addition to the six ACM nods they acquired as a duo, Smyers is nominated in 4 extra classes as a producer and a songwriter. The nominations comply with an look on the Grammy Awards, the place they carried out “Tequila” and took residence their first statuette for finest nation duo/group efficiency.
CHRIS STAPLETON FROM A ROOM: VOLUME 2 Six nominations together with male artist, album, music and entertainer of the 12 months
Stapleton hasn’t launched new music since 2017, however the continued success of his first three studio albums -- all of which ranked within the prime 10 of Billboard’s 2018 year-end Top Country Albums chart -- was sufficient to earn him the title of Top Country Artist of 2018. From A Room: Volume 2, which has Stapleton vying for awards in six classes, completed at No. 7 for the 12 months. His 2015 major-label debut, Traveller, was No. four, and From A Room: Volume 1, which took residence ACM album of the 12 months honors in 2018, ranked ninth on the year-end listing. Stapleton additionally notched his first No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart in March 2018 with “Broken Halos,” which gained the Country Music Association (CMA) awards for each single and music of the 12 months final November.
IAN FITCHUK (PRODUCER) GOLDEN HOUR Six nominations together with producer and album of the 12 months
Fitchuk, a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer, has collaborated with artists throughout all genres, together with Kesha, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Shania Twain, Shawn Mendes, Amy Grant and Kacey Musgraves, whose Golden Hour album he co-produced. Raised by classical musicians and educators, the Chicago native moved to Nashville to check jazz piano at Belmont University however wound up hitting the highway with a jam band. Now one in every of Music City’s most wanted innovators, he’s up for six awards, thanks largely to his work on Musgraves’ LP.
KACEY MUSGRAVES GOLDEN HOUR Five nominations together with feminine artist, album and music of the 12 months
Musgraves’ validation as a rustic music star started in April 2018 when her genre-blending album Golden Hour debuted atop the Top Country Albums chart and culminated in February when the countrypolitan singer-songwriter gained in all 4 of the Grammy classes wherein she had been nominated, together with finest nation album and album of the 12 months. She additionally nabbed the CMA Award for album of the 12 months in November. On the dwell entrance, Musgraves performed the Mane Stage at Stagecoach and toured with Harry Styles (the 2 did a canopy of Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One”) earlier than embarking on her personal sold-out headlining tour, Oh, What a World, in January.
DIERKS BENTLEY THE MOUNTAIN Four nominations together with album and male artist of the 12 months
The bluegrass-loving Bentley was first acknowledged by the ACMs in 2004, when he took residence prime new artist honors. His climb continues this 12 months with 4 nominations, together with video of the 12 months, which he has gained twice beforehand, and album of the 12 months, which incorporates the Country Airplay No. 1 and No. 2 singles “Woman, Amen” and “Burning Man” (that includes Brothers Osborne), respectively. The latter serves because the title to Bentley’s present tour, which additionally options Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Knights. His Seven Peaks music competition will even return over Labor Day weekend.
BROTHERS OSBORNE PORT SAINT JOE Four nominations together with duo, video and music occasion of the 12 months
Brothers Osborne, the reigning ACM and CMA duo of the 12 months, named their 2018 sophomore album after the coastal Florida metropolis the place they recorded the 10-track undertaking, which showcases TJ’s baritone and John’s guitar shredding. Led by the fiery single “Shoot Me Straight,” Port Saint Joe debuted at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart. The duo is on the highway and has bought out three reveals at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the place they had been joined by a slew of shock visitors together with Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris and Lee Ann Womack. Brothers Osborne will be a part of Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show tour starting in July.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE CAN’T SAY I AIN’T COUNTRY Four nominations together with duo, music and music occasion of the 12 months
Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have constructed their profession on enormous hit singles, together with their 2012 debut, “Cruise,” which spent 24 weeks atop the Hot Country Songs chart -- a report on the time. It was the primary nation tune to earn a diamond certification from the RIAA and stays the duo’s best-selling nation digital single. “Meant to Be” -- the pair’s 2017 collaboration with pop songstress Bebe Rexha -- is one other blockbuster, tenting out for a record-breaking 50 weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs and climbing to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The recipient of Billboard’s first Country Power Players Trailblazer Award in 2018, FGL will hit the highway this summer time in help of its fourth studio album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country.
BEBE REXHA EXPECTATIONS Four nominations together with single, music and music occasion of the 12 months
Brooklyn-born Rexha’s success transcends style: She has logged hits as a author of “The Monster” -- Eminem’s 2013 Rihanna-featuring, Grammy-winning single -- and her 2018 monitor “I’m a Mess,” which earned her a Grammy nod for finest new artist. But it was her collaboration with Florida Georgia Line on “Meant to Be” that propelled the singer-songwriter-producer’s profession to a good increased stage. Written with David Garcia, Josh Miller and FGL’s Tyler Hubbard, “Meant to Be” spent a report 50 weeks at No. 1 on Hot Country Songs and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100. Rexha is climbing the charts with “Last Hurrah,” the lead single from her upcoming sophomore album.
THE 2019 NOMINEES
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Chris Stapleton Keith Urban
FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Miranda Lambert Ashley McBryde Maren Morris Kacey Musgraves Carrie Underwood
MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Dierks Bentley Luke Combs Thomas Rhett Chris Stapleton Keith Urban
DUO OF THE YEAR Brothers Osborne Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line LOCASH Maddie & Tae
GROUP OF THE YEAR Lady Antebellum LANCO Little Big Town Midland Old Dominion
NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Danielle Bradbery Lindsay Ell Ashley McBryde Carly Pearce
NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Jimmie Allen Luke Combs Jordan Davis Michael Ray Mitchell Tenpenny
NEW DUO OF THE YEAR High Valley LANCO Runaway June
This article initially appeared within the March 9 problem of Billboard.