Nominees Announced for 2016 ACM Awards

 Posted by at 9:25 pm on February 1, 2016
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The 2016 ACM Awards will take place in Las Vegas, NV in a few weeks, and today the nominees were announced!  Did your favorites make the cut?

It is surprising to see Blake Shelton not make it in Entertainer or Male Vocalist, and a surprise to not see The Band Perry or Lady Antebellum in the Vocal Group category.  Who else got snubbed?


  • Jason Aldean
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist:

  • Jason Aldean
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Jana Kramer
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo:

  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Joey + Rory
  • Maddie & Tae

Vocal Group:

  • Eli Young Band
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band

New Male:

  • Brett Eldredge
  • Chris Janson
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chase Rice
  • Chris Stapleton

New Female:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Cam
  • Mickey Guyton
  • RaeLynn

New Vocal Duo/Group:

  • A Thousand Horses
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Old Dominion
  • Parmalee


  • I’m Comin’ Over, Chris Young
  • Montevallo, Sam Hunt
  • Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church
  • Tangled Up, Thomas Rhett
  • Traveller, Chris Stapleton


  • Burning House,” Cam
  • “Buy Me A Boat,” Chris Janson
  • “Die A Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
  • “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
  • “I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris Young
  • “Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt


  • “Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
  • “Burning House,” Cam
  • “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
  • “Mr. Misunderstood,” Eric Church
  • “Riser,” Dierks Bentley

Vocal Event:

  • “Hangover Tonight,” Gary Allan f/Chris Stapleton
  • “Home Alone Tonight,” Luke Bryan f/Karen Fairchild
  • “Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban f/Eric Church
  • “Smokin’ And Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert f/Little Big Town
  • “Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney w/Grace Potter

Radio Categories

National On-Air Personality:

  • Blair Garner, Chuck Wicks, America’s Morning Show
  • Cody Alan, CMT After MidNite
  • Lon Helton, Country Countdown USA
  • Lorianne Crook, Charlie Chase, The Crook and Chase Countdown
  • Sam Alex, Taste of Country Nights
  • The Bobby Bones Show
  • Whitney Allen, Jackie Stevens, Mike McNamee, The Big Time

Major Market Personality:

  • Ben Campbell, Matt McAllister, KNIX/Phoenix
  • Cadillac Jack, WQYK/Tampa
  • Chris Carr, Maverick, Kia, KEEY/MInneapolis
  • Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight, WKKT/Charlotte
  • Tanner in the Morning, WSOC/Charlotte

Large Market Personality:

  • AJ & Ashley In The Morning, WWKA/Orlando
  • Dave O’Brien, WLHK/Indianapolis
  • Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt, Kevin Freeman, WFMS/Indianapolis
  • Karen, Scott, Radar, WMIL/Milwaukee
  • Randy Carroll, Jamie Martin, KAJA/San Antonio

Medium Market Personality:

  • Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt, WIVK/Knoxville
  • Broadway, Cory, Jordan, WWYZ/Hartford
  • Buzz Jackson, KIIM/Tucson
  • Scott Wynn, Sarah Kay, Sue Wilson, WQMX/Akron
  • The Dex And Mo Show, WUSY/Chattanooga

Small Market Personality:

  • Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, Tracy Berry, KKNU/Eugene, OR
  • Brent Lane, Candy Ruddy; WYCT/Pensacola, FL
  • Brian Gary, Todd Harding, Susan Moore, KUAD/Fort Collins, CO
  • Scotty Cox, Cara Denis, KCLR/Columbia, MO
  • Sherry St. John, WXFL/Florence, AL

Major Market Station:

  • KMLE/Phoenix
  • WKKT/Charlotte
  • WKLB/Boston
  • WQYK/Tampa
  • WYCD/Detroit

Large Market Station:

  • KAJA/San Antonio
  • WLHK/Indianapolis
  • WMIL/Milwaukee
  • WUBE/Cincinnati
  • WQDR/Raleigh

Medium Market Station:

  • KUZZ/Bakersfield
  • WHKO/Dayton
  • WIVK/Knoxville
  • WQMX/Akron
  • WUSY/Chattanooga

Small Market Station:

  • KKNU/Eugene, OR
  • KTTS/Springfield, MO
  • WGSQ/Cookeville, TN
  • WXFL/Florence, AL
  • WYCT/Pensacola, FL


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