Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton Top Nominations at 2021 ACM Awards

The ‘My Church’ hitmaker and the ‘Starting Over’ star are leading nominees at the upcoming Academy of Country Music Awards with a total of six nods each.

AceShowbizMaren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead the 2021 ACM Awards nominations with six apiece.

Maren is up for Female Artist of the Year while Chris will compete for the Entertainer and Male Artist of the Year honours.

Miranda Lambert follows with five nominations, including her 15th nomination for Female Artist of the Year.

Lambert is the most nominated female artist in the history of the Academy of Country Music Awards with 68 nods.

This year’s nominations list, released on Friday (26Feb21), makes history as every Single of the Year nod features a woman artist – Lambert, Gabby Barrett, Carly Pearce, Ingrid Andress, and Morris. A record four black artists – Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Mickey Guyton, and John Legend – are also nominated.

The full list of nominees is:

Entertainer of the Year:

  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Female Artist of the Year:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Carly Pearce

Male Artist of the Year:

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Combs
  • Eric Church
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton

Duo of the Year:

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year:

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New Female Artist of the Year:

  • Ingrid Andress
  • Tenille Arts
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Mickey Guyton
  • Caylee Hammack

New Male Artist of the Year:

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Travis Denning
  • HARDY
  • Cody Johnson
  • Parker McCollum

Album of the Year:

  • “Born Here Live Here Die Here” – Luke Bryan
  • “Mixtape, Vol. 1” – Kane Brown
  • “Never Will” – Ashley McBryde
  • “Skeletons” – Brothers Osborne
  • “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year:

  • “Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
  • “I Hope” – Gabby Barrett
  • “I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
  • “More Hearts Than Mine” – Ingrid Andress
  • “The Bones” – Maren Morris

Song of the Year:

  • “Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
  • “One Night Standards” – Ashley McBryde
  • “Some People Do” – Old Dominion
  • “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton
  • “The Bones” – Maren Morris

Video of the Year:

  • “Better Than We Found It” – Maren Morris
  • “Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
  • “Gone” – Dierks Bentley
  • “Hallelujah” – Carrie Underwood and John Legend
  • “Worldwide Beautiful” – Kane Brown

Songwriter of the Year:

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Michael Hardy
  • Hillary Lindsey
  • Shane McAnally
  • Josh Osborne

Music Event of the Year:

  • “Be a Light” – Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
  • “Does to Me” – Luke Combs feat. Eric Church
  • “I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce & Lee Brice
  • “Nobody but You” – Blake Shelton feat. Gwen Stefani
  • “One Beer” – HARDY feat. Lauren Alaina & Devin Dawson
  • “One Too Many” – Keith Urban & Pink

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