Luke Bryan accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 48th ACM Awards in Las Vegas last April. The Leesburg native will be shooting for the top prize for a second year in a row this April, along with Male Vocalist and Album of the year. (Reuters)
NASHVILLE — Leesburg’s Luke Bryan, the reigning Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, is once again up for country music’s top prize at the 49th annual ACM Awards, which he will co-host with fellow Entertainer of the Year nominee Blake Shelton on April 6.
In fact, the co-hosts will compete against each other for that and two other top awards — Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year.
Florida Georgia Line, meanwhile, has garnered four nominations. FGL is competing for Vocal Duo of the Year and they face off against Bryan and three others for Album of the Year with “Here’s to the Good Times.” “Cruise (Remix)” is up for Vocal Event of the Year and “Cruise” for Single Record of the Year.
Competing against Bryan and Shelton for Entertainer of the Year are Miranda Lambert, George Strait and Taylor Swift.
The field for Male Vocalist includes Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Shelton and Keith Urban.
In the Album of the Year category, Bryan has been nominated for “Crash My Party” and Shelton for “Based on a True Story.” Rounding out the field with those two and Florida Georgia Line are Kacey Musgraves, “Same Trailer, Different Park,” and Tim McGraw, “Two Lanes of Freedom.”
Nominees are Female Vocalist of the year are Sheryl Crow, Lambert, Musgraves, Swift and Carrie Underwood.
Competing with FGL for Vocal Duo of the year are Big & Rich, Dan + Shay, Love and Theft, and Thompson Square.
The field for Vocal Group of the Year is Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band.
In addition to “Cruise,” Single Record of the Year nominees are “Highway Don’t Care,” McGraw, featuring Swift and Urban; I Drive Your Truck,” Brice; “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Lambert, and “Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker, featuring Lady A.
Song of the Year nominees are “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” Gary Allen, artist; Allan, Hillary Lindsey and Matthew Warren, writers; “I Drive Your Truck,” Brice, artist; Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary, writers; “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Lambert, artist; Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Musgraves, writers; “Mine Would Be You,” Shelton, artist; Alexander, Harrington and Deric Ruttan, writers, and “Wagon Wheel,” Rucker, featuring Lady A, artists; Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor, writers.
Up for Video of the Year are “Better Dig two,” The Band Perry; “Blowin’ Smoke,” Musgraves; “Highway Don’t Care,” McGraw, featuring Swift and Urban; “I Drive Your Truck,” Brice; “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Lambert, and “Two Black Cadillacs,” Underwood.
Competing against Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise (Remix),” featuring Nelly, for Vocal Event of the Year are “Boys ‘Round Here,” Shelton, featuring Pistol Annies & Friends; “Highway Don’t Care,” McGraw, featuring Swift and Urban; “Wagon Wheel,” Rucker, featuring Lady A, and “We Were Us,” Urban and Lambert.
The show in Las Vegas will be telecast starting at 8 p.m. on CBS.