ACM Awards shut ladies out of high nation class (once more)

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Though nation stars Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton led Friday’s Academy of Nation Music nominations with six apiece, the group has once more shut out feminine artists from its high class: entertainer of the yr.

This yr’s nominees for that race embrace Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett.

The academy acknowledged that it snubbed feminine nominees for entertainer of the yr however touted the variety of ladies in different classes and the way that displays a altering tide in male-dominated nation music.

“Whereas our entertainer of the yr class is dominated by male artists this yr, the academy is thrilled to acknowledge all of our deserving nominees and to have fun two necessary feminine firsts: For the primary time ever, the one of the yr class options all feminine artists and the audio engineer of the yr class consists of its first-ever feminine nominee,” stated Damon Whiteside, chief govt of the Academy of Nation Music, in a press release to The Instances Friday.

Whiteside stated that the general ACM artist nominees this yr are 43% feminine and bests the academy’s five-year common of 34%.

“A few of the different nice tales are that our reigning entertainer of the yr is Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris is tied for many nominations this yr, and Miranda Lambert continues her reign because the most-nominated artist in ACM Awards historical past,” Whiteside added. “These are all very optimistic indicators of the continued significance and recognition of ladies in Nation.”

The ACM Awards got here up towards the identical challenge in 2019, when males completely comprised the class too. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Keith City and Stapleton have been nominated as that yr’s high entertainers, with City finally taking dwelling the prize.

Final yr, in a shock twist, Underwood and Rhett tied for the highest prize of entertainer of the yr — the primary time the award had been cut up between two artists — beating out Church, Bryan and Combs. A girl hadn’t gained the award since Taylor Swift did so in 2011.

Girls did certainly make a finer displaying within the single of the yr area: Morris, Miranda Lambert, Gabby Barrett, Ingrid Andress and Carly Pearce (who duets with Lee Brice on “I Hope You’re Completely satisfied Now”) have been this yr’s nominees.

Noticeably absent was beleaguered nation star Morgan Wallen, who was not nominated this yr as a result of he was barred from ACM eligibility earlier this month after utilizing a racial slur that was caught on video.

In 2019, the Nation Music Assn.’s rival awards present — the CMAs — tried to handle the underrepresentation of ladies in nation music by tapping three of its most distinguished artists to host the awards present: Underwood, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire labored to highlight feminine nation artists all through the night time.

Now again to the ACM nominations.

Trailing Morris and Stapleton within the variety of 2021 nods are Lambert with 5 nominations, together with Rhett and Ashley McBryde with 4 apiece.

“The Bones” and “Higher Than We Discovered It” artist Morris — the defending ACM feminine artist of the yr — can also be nominated within the feminine artist, single, track and video classes in addition to group of the yr with the Highwomen. She acquired twin nods within the track class as songwriter and artist, bringing her 2021 nominations tally to 6.

Stapleton can also be nominated within the male artist, track and album classes, receiving twin nominations within the track class as each songwriter and artist, and within the album class as artist and producer.

R&B star John Legend acquired his first-ever ACM Awards nomination for “Hallelujah,” his duet with Underwood, which was nominated within the video class. Legend’s “The Voice” costars and lovebirds Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have been nominated within the music occasion of the yr for his or her duet “No person However You,” which additionally makes Stefani a first-time ACM Awards nominee.

The 56th ACM Awards will probably be broadcast on CBS on April 18 from three venues in Nashville, together with the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe. The present will even be out there to stream stay on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ upcoming world streaming service.

For the whole listing of nominees click on right here. Listed here are among the high classes:


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


  • “Born Right here Dwell Right here Die Right here” — Luke Bryan
  • “Mixtape Vol. 1″ — Kane Brown
  • “By no means Will” — Ashley McBryde
  • “Skeletons” —Brothers Osborne
  • “Beginning Over” — Chris Stapleton


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


  • “Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
  • “One Night time Requirements” – Ashley McBryde
  • “Some Individuals Do” – Outdated Dominion
  • “Beginning Over” – Chris Stapleton
  • “The Bones” – Maren Morris

Feminine artist

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

Male artist

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


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


  • Girl A
  • Little Huge City
  • Outdated Dominion
  • The Cadillac Three
  • The Highwomen

New feminine artist

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

New male artist

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


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


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

Music occasion

  • “Be A Gentle” – Thomas Rhett that includes Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith City
  • “Does To Me” – Luke Combs that includes Eric Church
  • “I Hope You’re Completely satisfied Now” – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
  • “No person However You” – Blake Shelton that includes Gwen Stefani
  • “One Beer” – HARDY that includes Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson
  • “One Too Many” – Keith City, P!nk

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