Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and more nominated for ACM Awards
The Academy of Country Music announced the nominees for the 56th Annual ACM Awards today, and it quickly got weird – and not just because the pandemic-delayed 2020 show just happened in September.
Despite tying for the Entertainer of the Year prize last fall, Checotah native Carrie Underwood was not only shut out of the top category but she also was left out of the Female Artist of the Year category for the first time in her 15-year career. Furthermore, the ACMs, despite all the talk lately about inserting much-needed equity and diversity in country music, reverted back to all-male, all-white slate of Entertainer nominees: reigning Co-EOTY Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs and Eric Church.
Still, every Single of the Year nomination features a female artist, while for the first time in ACM Awards history, four Black artists are nominated for awards in a single year: Mickey Guyton, Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown and John Legend.
Underwood did snag a nomination for Video of the Year for director Randee St. Nicholas’ clip for “Hallelujah,” the Oklahoman’s holiday duet with EGOT-winning entertainer Legend, who now has his first ACM Awards nod.
Likewise, pop superstar Gwen Stefani now has her first ACM Award nomination for Music Event of the Year for “Nobody But You,” her smash duet with her fiance, Ada native Blake Shelton.
Also in the Music Event of the Year category, Rhett shares a nod for his anthem “Be A Light” with his all-star roster of collaborators: Chockie native Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban.
The Duo of the Year category also features two acts that are half Oklahomans: Brooks & Dunn, which features Louisiana native Kix Brooks and former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn, and Maddie & Tae, which is Maddie Marlow, of Sugar Land, Texas, and Taylor Dye, of Ada.
Former Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert – the most-nominated female artist in ACM Awards history with 68 career nods – earned five nominations, including her 15th nod for Female Artist of the Year, a category she’s won nine times. Her other four nominations are for her hit “Bluebird,” which Lambert penned with Natalie Hemby and Oklahoma native Luke Dick. “Bluebird” is nominated for Single of the Year, Video of the Year and Song of the Year, with Lambert earning an extra nomination in the latter category, which she shares with her co-writers.
The 56th ACM Awards will broadcast live from three iconic Nashville, Tennessee, music venues – the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe – at 7 p.m. April 18 on CBS. The show will be streaming live and on demand on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ upcoming global streaming service.
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