When the ACM announced the nominations for the 51st edition of the awards show, they left out the Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year categories from the list. They've rectified that today with the announcements of these catories.
Here's the reason for the delay:
“The ACM Board of Directors recently voted to revise the prestigious Song of the Year Award criteria to allow the greater songwriting community a stronger voice in determining the final nominees,” said Tiffany Moon, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of the Academy of Country Music. “Songwriters are at the inception of all of this; we’re privileged to have their expertise in choosing the most well-crafted songs.” A professional panel comprised entirely of award-winning songwriters helped select the nominees for the category that were then voted on by the Composer class of ACM Membership to appear on the final ballot.
Songwriter of the Year nominees:
- Rodney Clawson
- Ross Copperman
- Ashley Gorley
- Shane McAnally
- Josh Osborne
Song of the Year Nominees:
- Cam's "Burning House" (Jeffrey Bhasker, Tyler Johnson and Cameron Ochs)
- Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose)
- Chris Stapleton's "Nobody To Blame" (Stapleton, Barry Bales and Ronnie Bowman)
- Keith Urban's "Raise 'Em Up" f/Eric Church (Tom Douglas, Jaren Johnston and Jeffrey Steele)
- Eric Paslay's "She Don't Love You" (Eric Paslay and Jennifer Wayne)
With today's news, the red hot Chris Stapleton leads all nominees with seven nominations (two for song of the year as artist and writer), Male Vocalist of the Year, New Male Vocalist of the Year, Twice for Album of the year (artist and producer) and Vocal event of the Year for “Hangover Tonight” with Gary Allan. These are all his first nominations as an artist as he was previously nominated for “Song of the Year” in 2014 for Luke Bryan’s “Drink A Beer.”
Cam has six total nominations as does Eric Church. Little Big Town has Five nominations with the addition of the Song of the Year nomination. Check out the full list of nominees in our previous post here.