BREAKING NEWS — Nominations for the 54th ACM Awards Announced!!!
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2/20/2019
By: @KurtBardella from Arlington, VA

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TOP SHELF

Here are some fun facts about this year’s nominees: Chris Stapleton & Dan + Shay lead the way with 6 nominations each (Dan also earned 4 additional nominations for producing and songwriting!). Kacey Musgraves continued her “Best Month Ever” garnering 5 noms. Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, FGL & Bebe Rexha each received 4 nominations. Jason Aldean is going for his 4th consecutive “Entertainer of the Year” win!

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WITH YOUR BLOODY MARY

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ON THE JUKEBOX

Song of the Year thoughts: I bet when Russell Dickerson woke up this morning, he wasn’t expecting this call! My guess for who wins this one is Dan + Shay’s “Tequila.”

Album of the Year thoughts: Was really glad to see the inclusion of Eric Church’s “Desperate Man” & Dierks Bentley’s “The Mountain.” After her historic GRAMMYs night, hard to imagine Kacey Musgraves’ “Golden Hour” not being the favorite.

Single of the Year thoughts: Stoked to see Jake Owen’s “Down to the Honky Tonk” & Kane Brown’s “Heaven” featured in this category. My money’s on either the record-breaking “Meant to Be” or “Tequila.”

TAILGATE WATCH

Pretty stoked to see DC’s new venue The Anthem nominated for Venue of the Year – Medium Capacity and shoutout to Festival of the Year nominee Stagecoach – which was my fav country music festival event of 2018!

ON THE BAR WALL

CRUSHIN IT

Male Artist of the Year Thoughts: Luke Combs continues his meteoric rise with inclusion in this category. Could see Dierks winning this one but TR is my favorite for this one.

Female Artist of the Year Thoughts: I love that Ashley McBryde was nominated! Momentum wise, Kacey seems like the one to beat.

Duo of the Year Thoughts: This is Dan + Shay’s year

Group of the Year Thoughts: My money’s on Old Dominion but love to see newer acts like LANCO and Midland recognized in this category

BUZZIN

New Male Artist of the Year Thoughts: So excited to see Jimmie Allen in this category and it would be such a neat ACMs moment if he were to win this one so he’s my personal favorite for this one. Logically, since Luke Combs is the only one of these artists who is also nominated in the “Male Artist of the Year” category – wouldn’t it reason he should win this one? Awesome to see Jordan Davis, Michael Ray & Mitchell Tenpenny nominated!

New Female Artist of the Year Thoughts:
What I just wrote about Luke Combs would also apply to Ashley McBryde. Personally, I’m always rooting for Lindsay Ell! Could see Carly Pearce winning this one. Wouldn’t it be something if Carly & Michael Ray won these New Artist of the Year categories and becoming the Prince/Princess of Country Music!

New Duo or Group of the Year Thoughts: LANCO is probably the favorite here but anyone who reads the Morning Hangover knows I love me some Runaway June.

MIXED DRINKS

Music Event of the Year Thoughts: Was surprised (but delighted) to see Dan + Shay feat Kelly Clarkson’s “Keeping Score” nominated – only because it was an album cut and, as of yet, has not been released as a single. BTW – how in the hell did Brad Paisley & Mick Jagger’s “Drive of Shame” not get nominated in this category two years ago – but I digress … this is a tough category as every one of these songs was awesome. I still would like to see FGL & Bebe Rexha win an award for their historic hit “Mean to Be” – it seems to defy logic that a song that spent the better part of an entire year a top the Billboard Hot Country Chart isn’t recognized with some kind of hardware. 

BACKSTAGE PASS

LAST CALL

Sugarland & Taylor Swift’s “Babe” was the most cinematic and has more than 25 million views on YouTube

Midland’s “Burn Out” was the most country and has more than 13 million views

Chris Janson’s “Drunk Girl” was the most important and has 6.7 million views 

Brothers Osborne’s “Shoot Me Straight” was the most hilarious – particularly as “Space Force” was officially created this week & has 1.5 million views

Dan + Shay’s “Tequila” had the biggest impact and has more than 65 million views
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