2015 50th Annual ACM Award Nominations

Miranda Lambert leads all nominees for the 2015 ACM Awards!

The 50th Annual ACM Awards Nominations

Miranda Lambert has always been a favorite of the ACMs and that’s not changing this year as she leads the nomination list for the 50th ACM Awards with 8. The superstar artist on RCA Records was nominated on the strength of her album Platinum and singles. The superstar is followed by critical favorite Dierks Bentley, who scored seven nominations on the strength of his superb album Riser. Florida Georgia Line scored five with four each for Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church.

There are some big but AWESOME surprises in nearly every category. Including Garth Brooks and Miranda Lambert making the Entertainer of the Year (which has a fan-voted component) along with Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Dirks Bentley and Brad Paisley join the Male vocalist of the Year nominations with ACM nomination regulars in Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Blake Shelton. This gives the Male Vocalist category 6 nominations.

The major shake up is the female vocalist of the Year category where Martina McBride and Brandy Clark join Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood. The year of year’s continues for the newly-signed Warner Bros recording artist. In the vocal duo category, the Brothers Osborne and Maddie & Tae join Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line and the Swon Brothers. What’s interesting here is that Big & Rich are missing, given their huge year and previous success at the ACM’s it’s a little surprising. Also, none of these nominees were making hit records and/or signed to record deals three years ago. The Vocal Group category is the least surprising list of nominees in that every act nominated here was nominated in this category in one of the past three years. Perhaps the only surprise is Rascal Flatts over Eli Young Band for the #5 slot here with Lady Antebellum, Previous winners Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band (who may be front runners with LBT for 2015’s win given new label partners).

The Album category shows the ACM’s willingness to be different as Jason Aldean’s Old Boots New Dirt is joined by Little Big Town’s acclaimed Pain Killer, Miranda Lambert’s Platinum (the likely winner as all but her first album have previously won this award), Dierks Bentley’s Riser and Eric Church’s The Outsiders. Vocal Event of the year features “Lonely Tonight,” “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,” “Somethin’ Bad,” “This Is How We Roll” and, in a mild surprise, The Cadillac Three’s “The South,” which features FGL, Dierks Bentley and Mike Eli. That probably beat out Brantley Gilbert’s “Small Town Throwdown.” The video of the Year nominations include “Cop Car,” “American Kid,” “Drunk On A Plane,” “Somethin’ Bad” and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” the stunning final song of Glen Campbell’s career (it’s a front-runner for an Oscar this year).

Song of the Year (goes to the songwriters) “American Kids,” “Automatic,” “Drink A Beer,” “Follow Your Arrow,” “Give Me Back My Home Town,” and “I Hold On.” The biggest surprise here may be that only two of these songs, Lambert’s “Automatic,” and Chesney’s “American Kids” also are in the Single of the Year category. Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” took home this award from the CMA last fall. The Single of the Year category includes “Dirt,” “Drunk On A Plane” and “I Don’t Dance” in addition to “Automatic” and “American Kids.”

The annual event will take place from AT&T Field in Texas this April and will be hosted by “Bluke," Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.

The 2015 ACM Award Nominations:

  • Jason Aldean
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Florida Georgia Line


  • Jason Aldean
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Brad Paisley
  • Blake Shelton


  • Brandy Clark
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Martina McBride
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood


  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae
  • The Swon Brothers


  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Rascal Flatts
  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Old Boots, New Dirt – Jason Aldean/Producer: Michael Knox/Record Label: Broken Bow Records
  • Pain Killer – Little Big Town/Producer: Jay Joyce/Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Platinum – Miranda Lambert/Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf/Record Label: RCA Nashville
  • Riser – Dierks Bentley/Producers: Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston/Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • The Outsiders – Eric Church/Producer: Jay Joyce/Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • American Kids – Kenny Chesney/Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney/Record Label: Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville
  • Automatic – Miranda Lambert/Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf/Record Label: RCA Nashville
  • Dirt – Florida Georgia Line/Producer: Joey Moi/Record Label: Republic Nashville
  • Drunk On A Plane – Dierks Bentley/Producer: Ross Copperman/Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • I Don't Dance – Lee Brice/Producer: Lee Brice/Record Label: Curb Records

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

  • American Kids – Kenny Chesney/Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally/Publishers: Big Red Toe Music (BMI), Creative Nation Music (BMI), Farm Town Songs (BMI), Smack Ink (ASCAP), Songs Of Universal, Inc. (BMI), Twangin And Slangin Songs (BMI), Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP)
  • Automatic – Miranda Lambert/Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert/Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI), Wruckestrike (BMI)
  • Drink A Beer – Luke Bryan/Songwriters: Jim Beavers, Chris Stapleton/Publishers: House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
  • Follow Your Arrow – Kacey Musgraves/Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves/Publishers: 351 Music (BMI), Highway 508 Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Smack Ink (ASCAP), Universal Music Corporation (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)
  • Give Me Back My Hometown – Eric Church/Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Laird/Publishers: Creative Nation Music (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Songs Of Universal, Inc. (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Twangin And Slangin Songs (BMI)
  • I Hold On – Dierks Bentley/Songwriters: Dierks Bentley, Brett James/Publishers: Atlas Holdings (ASCAP), Big White Tracks (ASCAP), External Combustion Music (ASCAP), Songs of Brett (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)


  • Rodney Clawson
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Luke Laird
  • Josh Osborne
  • Chris Tompkins

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)

  • American Kids – Kenny Chesney/Director: Shaun Silva/Producer: Don Lepore
  • Cop Car – Keith Urban/Director: John Urbano/Producer: Michelle Abnet
  • Drunk On A Plane – Dierks Bentley/Director: Wes Edwards/Producer: Clarke Gallivan
  • I'm Not Gonna Miss You – Glen Campbell/Director: James Keach/Producer: Julian Raymond
  • Somethin' Bad – Miranda Lambert Duet With Carrie Underwood/Director: Trey Fanjoy/Producer: Trent Hardville

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)

  • Lonely Tonight – Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe/Producer: Scott Hendricks/Record Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • Meanwhile Back At Mama's – Tim McGraw Featuring Faith Hill/Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw/Record Label: Big Machine Records
  • Somethin' Bad – Miranda Lambert Duet With Carrie Underwood/Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf/Record Label: RCA Nashville
  • The South – The Cadillac Three Featuring Florida Georgia Line, Dierks Bentley & Mike Eli/Producers: Dann Huff, Justin Niebank/Record Label: Big Machine Records
  • This Is How We Roll – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Luke Bryan/Producer: Joey Moi/Record Label: Republic Nashville


  • gloria

    IMO, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw were both snubbed in entertainer and male vocalist categories. Either of them in place of FGL. I feel either one of them deserved the MV more than Brad Paisley. JMO.