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ACM nominees are...happy

Monday, February 1, 2016 – The ACM nominations are in, and the nominees are...happy.

Cam scored three nominations - Single Record of the Year and Video of the Year, both for "Burning House," and New Female Vocalist.

"I'm ugly crying right now," Cam said. "Just so honored and grateful to be a part of this country music family. The best fans, the nicest & most talented musicians, hardest working live event teams, the most supportive label, and the most dedicated radio stations. I believe that happiness is only real when shared - and my heart is overflowing because I get to share this success with all of you."

Maddie & Tae scored nominations for Vocal Duo of the Year and New Vocal Duo/Group. "Being nominated in a category that's been dominated by The Judds and Brooks & Dunn is so exciting," said Maddie Marlow. "We really grew up on country music, and these sorts of things mean so much to us. To be part of that tradition is, well, pretty incredible."

"And it's awesome being nominated with so many people in the New Vocal Duo or Group category who are part of the new wave in country music," said Taylor Dye. "Not just the past, but being part of the future makes us feel like we're part of a pretty great tradition."

Old Dominion received nominations for New Vocal Group/Duo of the Year and Vocal Group of the year. "As songwriters, we started playing together so our songs would be heard and people would hopefully want to cut them," said lead singer Matthew Ramsey. "So to know that as a band we have been honored by receiving this type of recognition has us all feeling incredibly grateful and truthfully, a little speechless."

Eli Young Band lead singer Mike Eli said of being nominated for Vocal Group of the Year, "We have some really cool new music coming, and this nomination is a great way to get started talking about what we have coming around the corner. We're grateful for the nomination and can't wait to share the new music with our fans. Vegas here we come."

Chase Rice was nominated for New Male Vocalist of the year. "There are a lot of great things happening for us right now, and I can't wait to party in Las Vegas," Rice said. "I'm excited about our nomination for New Male Vocalist of the Year and even more excited about sharing new music with my fans later this week."

Last Friday, he indicated that he would release new music this Friday.

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