48th Annual ACM Awards Nominations – Carrie Underwood Scores 2 Nominations, Kelly Clarkson Scores 1

It’s time to announce the nominations for the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards, ya’ll! This is the show that brands itself as a big old country music party that goes down in Vegas. Scotty McCreery is the reigning New Artist Of The Year and will be helping to announce nominations, as will Ryan Seacrest. Refresh this space for updates as nominations are announced!

The nominations will be announced by digital press conference, and we can follow along together at the ACM Awards twitter and the ACM Facebook page.

Nominations summary: Eric Church leads the nominations with appearances in 5 categories, followed by Little Big Town, Taylor Swift (suffering no consequences from her nearly 100% pop album), and 1/2 of country music’s power couple of the moment, Miranda Lambert, with nominations in 4 categories apiece. Blake Shelton is nominated in 3 categories, as are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eli Young Band. Carrie Underwood and Kacey Musgraves are nominated in 2 categories apiece.

The ACM nominations press release is out and adds in extra nominations for producer credits. It bumps up Eric Church to 7 nominations, Hunter Hayes to 6 (thanks to writer and producer credits in 2 categories), and Miranda and Taylor to 5 nominations.

Entertainer Of The Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Female Vocalist Of The Year
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Watch Ryan Seacrest make the announcement:

Male Vocalist Of The Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Toby Keith
Blake Shelton

Vocal Duo Of The Year
Big & Rich
Florida-Georgia Line
Love & Theft
Thompson Square

Vocal Group Of The Year
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band

New Artist Of The Year (fan-voted)
Jana Kramer
Brantley Gilbert
Florida-Georgia Line

Here’s Scotty with the announcement:

Album Of The Year
Blown Away, Carrie Underwood
Chief, Eric Church
Red, Taylor Swift
Tailgates & Tanlines, Luke Bryan
Tornado, Little Big Town

Song Of The Year (award to artist and songwriter)
“A Woman Like You” (artist: Lee Brice, songwriters: Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford, Jon Stone)
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (artist: Eli Young Band, songwriters: Will Hoge, Eric Paslay)
“Over You” (artist: Miranda Lambert, songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton)
“Springsteen” (artist: Eric Church, songwriters: Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell)
“Wanted” (artist: Hunter Hayes, songwriters: Hunter Hayes, Troy Verges)

Single Of The Year (award to artist and producer)
Eli Young Band, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”

Video Of The Year
Eric Church, “Creepin'”
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”
Little Big Town, “Tornado”
Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go Ground”
Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Zac Brown Band, “The Wind”

Vocal Event Of The Year
“Don’t Rush” – Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill
“Easy” – Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield
“Feel Like A Rock Star” – Kenny Chesney and Tim Mcgraw
“Let It Rain” – David Nail featuring Sarah Buxton
“The Only Way I Know” – Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church

Specialty Instrument(s) Player Of The Year
Eric Darken
Glen Duncan
Jim Hoke
Bryan Sutton
Ilya Toshinsky

Piano/Keyboard Player Of The Year
John Jarvis
Charlie Judge
Gordon Mote
Steve Nathan
Michael Rojas

Fiddle Player Of The Year
Glen Duncan
Larry Franklin
Aubrey Haynie
Hank Singer
Joe Spivey

Steel Guitar Player Of The Year
Dan Dugmore
Mike Johnson
Greg Leisz
Russ Pahl
Scotty Sanders

Guitarist Of The Year
Tom Bukovac
J.T. Corenflos
Jay Joyce
Rob McNelley
Brent Mason

Percussionist/Drummer Of The Year
Eddie Bayers
Matt Chamberlain
Chad Cromwell
Chris McHugh
Greg Morrow

Bass Player Of The Year
Dennis Crouch
Kevin “Swine” Grantt
Larry Paxton
Jimmie Lee Sloas
Glenn Worf

Audio Engineer Of The Year
Chuck Ainlay
Derek Bason
Mills Logan
Steve Marcantonio
F. Reid Shippen

Producer of the Year
Brett Beavers
Buddy Cannon
Dann Huff
Jay Joyce
Michael Knox

Songwriter Of The Year
Rodney Clawson
Dallas Davidson
Josh Kear
Luke Laird
Shane McAnally

The 48th Annual ACM Awards will be cohosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan and air on CBS Sunday, April 7th at 8 PM Eastern.

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