53rd Annual ACM Award Nominations Revealed; Reba To Return As Host


The 53rd Annual ACM award nominations were announced Wednesday morning (March 1) when Reba McEntire visited the set of “CBS This Morning” for the big reveal.

Reba announced the nominees for the top five categories—Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, and Vocal Group of the Year—along with the nominees for Song of the Year during a Facebook Live event.

The Oklahoma native also surprised fans with the announcement that she will be returning to host the 53rd ACM Award show. Reba is no stranger the ACM’s, the “Fancy” singer has hosted the show a total of 16 various times—10 consecutive years, from 2001-2010 as a solo host and then partnering with Blake Shelton in 2011-2012.

Catch all the winners of the 53rd Annual ACM Award show when they air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS.

The nominees are…

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean

Garth Brooks

Luke Bryan

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Chris Young

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Reba McEntire

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line


Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum


Little Big Town


Old Dominion

Song of the Year (Award goes to Songwriter/Artist)

“Body Like a Back Road” – Sam Hunt – (Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)

“Female” – Keith Urban – (Songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally)

“Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert – (Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall)

“Whiskey and You” – Chris Stapleton – (Songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton)

Album of the Year

Breaker – Little Big Town

California Sunrise – Jon Pardi

From A Room: Vol 1 – Chris Stapleton

Happy Endings – Old Dominion

Life Changes – Thomas Rhett

Single Record of the Year (Award goes to the Artist)

“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

New Male Vocalist of the Year

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Devin Dawson

Russell Dickerson

Brett Young

New Female Vocalist of the Year

Lauren Alaina

Danielle Bradbery

Carly Pearce


New Vocal Duo Or Group of the Year

High Valley




Runaway June

Video of the Year

“Black” – Dierks Bentley

“It Ain’t My Fault” – Brothers Osborne

“Legends” – Kelsea Ballerini

“Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett

“We Should Be Friends” – Miranda Lambert

Vocal Event of the Year

“Craving You” – Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris

“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris feat. Vince Gill

“Funny (How Time Slips Away)” – Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson

“The Fighter” – Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood

“What Ifs” – Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina

Songwriter of the Year

Rhett Akins

Ashley Gorley

Hillary Lindsey

Shane McAnally

Josh Osborne