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Urban receives seven ACM nominations

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Keith Urban leads the Academy of Country Music with seven nominations in five categories, including his seventh for Entertainer of the Year and 10th nod for Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban is nominated twice, as both artist and producer, in the Album of the Year category for "Ripcord."

Urban received an additional two nominations, for both artist and producer, in the Single Record of the Year category for "Blue Ain't Your Color," which is also nominated in the Song of the Year category.

Seven-time Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert received six nominations and is once again nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.

First-time ACM nominee Maren Morris earned six nominations in four different categories. Morris received nominations in both Female Vocalist of the Year and New Female Vocalist of the Year categories.

Reigning Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line leads group nominations with five nods, including their fifth nomination in the Vocal Duo of the Year category. Florida Georgia Line is also nominated for the second time in the Entertainer of the Year category

Sixteen-time ACM Award winner Tim McGraw received five nominations in four categories. He earned two nominations in the Single Record of the Year category, as both artist and producer, on "Humble And Kind."

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Florida Georgia Line Carrie Underwood Keith Urban

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean Dierks Bentley Thomas Rhett Chris Stapleton Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Kelsea Ballerini Miranda Lambert Maren Morris Kacey Musgraves Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR Big & Rich Brothers Osborne Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line Maddie & Tae

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR Eli Young Band Lady Antebellum Little Big Town Old Dominion Rascal Flatts

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE Kane Brown Chris Janson Chris Lane Jon Pardi Brett Young

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE (four nominees only) Lauren Alaina Cam Brandy Clark Maren Morris

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE A Thousand Horses Brothers Osborne Dan + Shay LOCASH Maddie & Tae

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]
Black - Dierks Bentley Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr. Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Dig Your Roots- Florida Georgia Line Producer: Joey Moi Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
HERO - Maren Morris Producers: busbee, Brad Hill, Maren Morris Record Label: Columbia Nashville
Ripcord - Keith Urban Producers: Jeff Bhasker, busbee, Nathan Chapman, Nitzan Kaikov, Dann Huff, Tyler Johnson, Johnny Price, Nile Rodgers, Keith Urban, Greg Wells Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville
The Weight of These Wings- Miranda Lambert Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]
Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville
H.O.L.Y. - Florida Georgia Line Producer: Joey Moi Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
Humble And Kind - Tim McGraw Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw Record Labels: McGraw Music, Big Machine Records
My Church - Maren Morris Producers: busbee, Maren Morris Record Label: Columbia Nashville
Vice - Miranda Lambert Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
Blue Ain't Your Color - Keith Urban Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen Publishers: WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Music Of The Corn (ASCAP), HillarodyRathbone Music (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Spirit Catalog Holdings (S.a.r.l.), Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP)
Die A Happy Man - Thomas Rhett Songwriters: Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI), Cricket On The Line (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI), Eastman Pond Publishing (BMI), Music of Big Deal (BMI), Nice Life (BMI), Frederic And Reid Music (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI), Brodsky Spensive Publishing (BMI)
Humble And Kind - Tim McGraw Songwriter: Lori McKenna Publishers: Songs of Universal Inc (BMI), Hoodie Songs (BMI)
Kill A Word - Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde Publishers: Emileon Songs (BMI), Little Louder Songs (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Mammaw's Fried Okra Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)
Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton Songwriters: Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove Publishers: Universal-Songs Of PolyGram International (BMI), EMI Algee (BMI)
Vice - Miranda Lambert Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Smack Hits (GMR), Kobalt Music Group, Ltd. (GMR), Anderson Fork In The Road Music (ASCAP), Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc. (ASCAP), Smackville Music (ASCAP)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY XFINITY [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]
Fire Away - Chris Stapleton, Director: Tim Mattia, Producer: Jennifer Rothlein
Forever Country - Artists of Then, Now & Forever, Director: Joseph Kahn Producers: Nathan de la Rionda, Jil Hardin, Charleen Manca, Joanna Carter, Chandra LaPlume, Sarah Trahern, Damon Whiteside
Humble And Kind - Tim McGraw, Director: Wes Edwards, Producer: Jennifer Rothlein
Peter Pan - Kelsea Ballerini, Director: Kristin Barlowe, Producer: Michelle Abnet
Vice - Miranda Lambert, Director: Trey Fanjoy, Producer: Ashley Bergeron Ford

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR*(Off Camera Award) Ashley Gorley Luke Laird Hillary Lindsey Shane McAnally Lori McKenna

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]
Different For Girls - Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr. Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Forever Country - Artists of Then, Now & Forever Producer: Shane McAnally Record Label: MCA Nashville
May We All - Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw Producer: Joey Moi Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
Setting The World On Fire - Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia Nashville
Think Of You - Chris Young Featuring Cassadee Pope Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young Record Labels: RCA Nashville, RCA Records

Radio Awards:

The following previously announced radio awards will be presented during the ACM Party for a CauseŽ event at The Joint on Saturday, April 1 in Las Vegas, NV.

NATIONAL ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR Big D, Bubba, Patrick Thomas, Carsen The Big D and Bubba Show Cody Alan CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan Kix Brooks American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks Lon Helton Country Countdown USA Tracy Lawrence Honky Tonkin' with Tracy Lawrence

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - MAJOR MARKET Chris & Nina KMLE-FM Phoenix, AZ George, Mo & Cowboy Dave KILT-FM Houston, TX Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight WKKT-FM Charlotte, NC Rob & Linda Show - Rob Stone & Linda Lee WYCD-FM Southfield, MI Tanner in the Morning WSOC-FM Charlotte, NC

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - LARGE MARKET (tie within category increased nominees) Ally & Andy WDSY-FM Pittsburgh, PA Big Dave, Chelsie and Statt WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH Dave O'Brien WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman WFMS-FM Indianapolis, IN Marty McFly WSM-FM Nashville, TN Q Morning Crew - Mike, Marty and Janie WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - MEDIUM MARKET Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN Jack Ryan WMYL-FM Clinton, TN Scott Wynn & Sarah Kay WQMX-FM Akron, OH Steve & Geoff KUZZ-FM Bakersfield, CA Steve & Gina in the Morning on Kat 103.7 KXKT-FM Omaha, NE

ON-AIR PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR - SMALL MARKET Ben Butler and Arnie Andrews WCOW-FM Sparta, WI Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL Jason and Ashley "The Q Crew" on Q100.3 KRWQ-FM Medford, OR Scotty Cox & Cara Denis KCLR-FM Columbia, MO The Roger & Carly Morning Show KORA-FM Bryan, TX

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - MAJOR MARKET (tie within category increased nominees) KKBQ-FM Houston, TX KMLE-FM Phoenix, AZ KUPL-FM Portland, OR WIL-FM St. Louis, MO WKKT-FM Charlotte, NC WSOC-FM Charlotte, NC

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - LARGE MARKET KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC WSIX-FM Nashville, TN WSM-FM Nashville, TN WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - MEDIUM MARKET CKRY-FM Calgary, AB KAWO-FM Boise, ID KUZZ-FM Bakersfield, CA KXKT-FM Omaha, NE WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR - SMALL MARKET KCLR-FM Columbia, MO KKNU-FM Eugene, OR KTHK-FM Idaho Falls, ID WCOW-FM Sparta, WI WXFL-FM Florence, AL

The awards show will be April 2 from Las Vegas.

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Cadillac Three, Sellers do it their own way – The way The Cadillac Three lead singer Jaren Johnston told it, the band could have had their choice of opening tours this year for the likes of Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen. No go though because the long-haired singer fronting the rough-and-most-definitely ready trio said the band wanted to do it their own way. Based on this most... »»»
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