The nominations for the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards have been revealed, and not surprisingly Georgia-born acts comprise a good chunk of the list.
Valdosta’s Thomas Rhett leads Georgia nominees this year, with nods in four categories: Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (Life Changes), Video of the Year (“Marry Me”), and Vocal Event of the Year (his collaboration with Maren Morris, “Craving You”). Thomas’s father, Rhett Akins, is also nominated for Songwriter of the Year, along with Grammy winner Hillary Lindsey, a Washington, Georgia native.
Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean are both in the running for Entertainer of the Year, with the latter also up for Male Vocalist of the Year. Cedartown’s Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” is nominated for both Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Florida Georgia Line are nominees for Vocal Duo of the Year, while Lady Antebellum (featuring Augusta’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood) are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year.
Northwest Georgia’s Kane Brown (the chart-topping “What Ifs”) is nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year, while Rossville’s Lauren Alaina (who is featured on “What Ifs”) is in the race for New Female Vocalist of the Year. “What Ifs” is also nominated for Vocal Event of the Year.
Reba McEntire will host the 53rd ACM Awards at 8 p.m. ET, Sunday, April 15th on CBS. Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are among those scheduled to perform.