The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards Gives Nods to Chris Young, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and More

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards Gives Nods to Chris Young, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and More

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards™, honoring country music’s biggest stars and emerging talent, and celebrating the year’s top hits, most successful collaborations, and thrilling performances.

Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett revealed this year’s ACM Award nominees for Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, New Female Artist of the Year, and New Male Artist of the Year and surprised each other with respective nods in the Male and Female Artist of the Year categories and shared their excitement about co-hosting this year’s show with Dolly Parton.

This year’s show, on Prime Video, will make history and promises to be a nonstop party on Monday, March 7, 2022, 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CST/5:00 p.m. PST from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

Nominee Highlights for the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards:

  • Chris Young leads with seven nominations including Album of the Year and Single of the Year. Young shares three of his nominations with fellow artist and collaborator Kane Brown for their song Famous Friends.
  • Miranda Lambert receives record-tying 16th Female Artist of the Year nomination (tied with Reba McEntire), as well as four other nominations.
  • Walker Hayes receives five nominations as a first-time nominee. This comes 17 years after Hayes moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music.
  • Women continue to see an increase in representation, pulling in 37% of nominations, compared to an average of 35% in the past 5 years (2% increase).
  • The Academy continues its legacy of being the first to recognize artists early in their careers, with 35% of this year’s nominees being first-time nominees overall, or first-time nominees in their respective categories.
  • 57th Academy of Country Music Awards co-hosts Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett receive their first nods in the Male Artist of the Year and Female Artist of the Year categories, respectively.
  • Women make up 50% of the producers and directors in the Video of the Year nominations.
  • Nominations include three members of the LGBTQ+ community. TJ Osborne of Brothers Osborne receives a nomination for Duo of the Year, Lily Rose receives a nomination for New Female Artist of the Year, and Shane McAnally receives four nominations.
  • Chris Stapleton receives five nominations including his fourth nod for Entertainer of the Year and his seventh for Male Artist of the Year.
  • Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton are nominees for Entertainer of the Year. A win for either artist in that category will also clinch the coveted Triple Crown Award, which consists of an Entertainer of the Year win, plus wins in an act’s respective New Artist (male, female, or duo or group) and Artist (Male, female, duo or group) categories.
  • Kelsea Ballerini and Miranda Lambert both receive nominations as producers for the first time.
  • Nicolle Galyon receives her first Songwriter of the Year nomination. She has previously been nominated for three ACM Awards, winning two. She is the second woman to be nominated for Songwriter of the Year.
  • Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris are the first married couple to be nominated in the same year since Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in 2017.
  • All videos nominated for Video of the Year are collaborations for the first time in ACM Awards history.
  • After making history last year as the first female to be nominated for Audio Engineer of the Year, Gena Johnson receives her second nod in the same category.
  • Actor, producer, and director Blake Lively receives two nominations for producing and directing Taylor Swift’s music video I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version). This marks Lively’s first ACM Award nomination and her first nomination at a music award show. Actor and Producer Austin Swift is a first-time nominee, receiving a nod for producer of I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version). Taylor Swift receives her 32nd nomination, her first ACM Award nomination since 2018.
  • The Basement East receives its first nomination for Club of the Year less than two years after being leveled by the tornado that tore through Nashville in March of 2020. The club has since rebuilt and reopened.
  • Jordan Davis, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, and Morgan Wallen each receive four nominations.
  • Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Dave Cobb, Ashley McBryde and Lainey Wilson each receive three nominations.
  • Overall, this year’s nominations include 31 artists and industry creators receiving their first-ever ACM Awards nominations. Cameron Bartolini, Brandon Bell, Ryan Byrd, Priscilla Block, Alexa Campbell, Jacob Davis, Paul DiGiovanni, Jacob Durrett, Kat Higgins, Walker Hayes, Ryan Hurd, Adam James, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins, Billy Justineau, Viktor Krauss, Blake Lively, Todd Lombardo, Josh Matheny, Jason Nix, Kathy Palmer, Lily Rose, Elvie Shane, Caitlyn Smith, Jonathan Singleton, Wesley Stebbins-Perry, Shane Stevens, James Stratakis, Austin Swift, Joe Thibodeauand Lainey Wilson all receive their first ACM Award nomination.

Following is the full list of nominees for the Main Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Industry Awards categories.



  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood


  • Gabby Barrett
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Carly Pearce


  • Jimmie Allen
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Morgan Wallen



  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Maddie & Tae


  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
  • The Cadillac Three


  • Tenille Arts
  • Priscilla Block
  • Lily Rose
  • Caitlyn Smith
  • Lainey Wilson


  • Walker Hayes
  • Ryan Hurd
  • Parker McCollum
  • Elvie Shane

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

  • 29: Written in Stone – Carly Pearce

Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Jimmy Robbins, Tony Brown

Record Company-Label: Big Machine Records

  • Country Again: Side A – Thomas Rhett

Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Matt Dragstrem

Record Company-Label: Big Machine Label Group

  • Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen

Producer: Joey Moi, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Matt Dragstrem, Dave Cohen

Record Company-Label: Big Loud Records / Republic Records


  • Famous Friends – Chris Young

Producer: Mark Holman, Corey Crowder, Chris Young, Chris DeStefano

Record Company-Label: RCA Records Nashville


  • The Marfa Tapes – Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall 

Producers: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall

Record Company-Label: Vanner Records / RCA Records Nashville


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

  • Buy Dirt – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan 

Producer: Paul DiGiovanni

Record Company-Label: MCA Nashville

  • Famous Friends – Chris Young and Kane Brown 

Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young

Record Company-Label: RCA Records Nashville

  • Fancy Like – Walker Hayes

Producers: Walker Hayes, Shane McAnally, Joe Thibodeau

Record Company-Label: Monument Records

  • If I Didn’t Love You – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood 

Producers: Michael Knox

Record Company-Label: Broken Bow Records; Macon Music, LLC; BBR Music Group, BMG


  • You Should Probably Leave – Chris Stapleton

Producer: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

Record Company-Label: Mercury Nashville


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

  • 7 Summers – Morgan Wallen

Songwriters: Morgan Wallen, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally

Publishers: Big Loud Mountain, Bo Wallace Publishing, Smackborne Music, Sony/ATV Accent, Smackstreet Music, Tempo Investments, Warner Geo Met Ric Music


  • Buy Dirt – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan

Songwriters: Jordan Davis, Jacob Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins

Publishers: Anthem Music Publishing II, Bentprop Pub, Big Blue Nation Music, Combustion Five, Jentown, Jordan Davis Music, Smackwork Music, Smack Blue, Kobalt Music Group Music, Universal Music Corporation, WC Music Corp


  • Fancy Like – Walker Hayes

Songwriters: Cameron Bartolini, Josh Jenkins, Shane Stevens, Walker Hayes

Publishers: Songs of SMACK, Rarespark Media Group, Smackworks Music, Smack Blue, Kobalt Music Group, Holy Graffiti Music, Purplebeatz, WC Music Corp


  • Knowing You – Kenny Chesney 

Songwriters: Adam James, Brett James, Kat Higgins

Publishers: 3 Ring Circus, BMG Platinum Songs, Pompano Run Music, Songs of Brett, WC Music Corp


  • Things A Man Oughta Know – Lainey Wilson

Songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson

Publishers: Sony/ATV Accent, Sony/ATV Countryside, Spirit Two Nashville, Super Big Music


VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

  • Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home) – Elle King and Miranda Lambert 

Producers: Angie Lorenz, Wes Edwards, James Stratakis

Directors: Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen Kinigopoulos


  • Famous Friends – Chris Young and Kane Brown 

Producer: Jennifer Ansell

Director: Peter Zavadil


  • I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift featuring Chris Stapleton

Producers: Jil Hardin, Blake Lively, Kathy Palmer, Austin Swift

Director: Blake Lively

  • If I Didn’t Love You – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood 

Producers: Christen Pinkston, Wesley Stebbins-Perry

Director: Shaun Silva


  • Never Wanted To Be That Girl – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde 

Producer: Ryan Byrd

Director: Alexa Campbell



  • Jesse Frasure
  • Nicolle Galyon
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Michael Hardy
  • Josh Osborne


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

  • Buy Dirt – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan 

Producer: Paul DiGiovanni

Record Company-Label: MCA Nashville

  • Famous Friends – Chris Young and Kane Brown

Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young

Record Company-Label: RCA Records Nashville

  • half of my hometown – Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney 

Producers: Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins, Kelsea Ballerini

Record Company-Label: Black River Entertainment

  • If I Didn’t Love You – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood

Producer: Michael Knox

Record Company-Label: Broken Bow Records; Macon Music, LLC; BBR Music Group, BMG

  • Never Wanted To Be That Girl – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde

Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

Record Company-Label: Big Machine Label Group, Warner Music Nashville


The 2021 Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards will be presented to recipients at Academy of Country Music Honors™, a special event held annually in August at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. More details to be announced in coming months.




  • J.T. Cure
  • Mark Hill
  • Viktor Krauss
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas
  • Glenn Worf



  • Chad Cromwell
  • Fred Eltringham
  • Evan Hutchings
  • Derek Mixon
  • Jerry Roe
  • Nir Z



  • Dave Cobb
  • Todd Lombardo
  • Bryan Sutton
  • Ilya Toshinskiy
  • Charlie Worsham



  • David Dorn
  • Charlie Judge
  • Billy Justineau
  • Gordon Mote
  • Benmont Tench



  • Stuart Duncan
  • Paul Franklin
  • Josh Matheny
  • Mickey Raphael
  • Kristin Wilkinson



  • Tom Bukovac
  • Dan Dugmore
  • Jedd Hughes
  • Rob McNelley
  • Derek Wells



  • Brandon Bell
  • Jim Cooley
  • Gena Johnson
  • Jason Hall
  • Vance Powell



  • Buddy Cannon
  • Dave Cobb
  • Ian Fitchuk
  • Dann Huff
  • Joey Moi




  • Agua Caliente – Rancho Mirage, CA
  • Choctaw Casino – Durant, OK
  • Deadwood Mountain Grand – Deadwood, SD
  • Resorts World – Las Vegas, NV
  • Soaring Eagle Casino – Mt. Pleasant, MI



  • Hard Rock (Live at Etess Arena) – Atlantic City, NJ
  • Laughlin Event Center – Laughlin, NV
  • Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
  • Mystic Lake Casino – Prior Lake, MN



  • Carolina Country Music Fest – Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Country Thunder – Florence, AZ
  • Faster Horses Festival – Brooklyn, MI
  • Tortuga Music Festival – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Windy City Smokeout Festival – Chicago, IL



  • Auburn Rodeo – Auburn, AL
  • California Mid-State Fair – Paso Robles, CA
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days – Cheyenne, WY
  • Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul, MN
  • San Antonio Rodeo – San Antonio, TX



  • Basement East – Nashville, TN
  • Billy Bob’s – Ft. Worth, TX
  • Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
  • Coca-Cola Roxy – Atlanta, GA
  • Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA



  • American Music Theatre – Lancaster, PA
  • Andrew J Brady ICON Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
  • Blue Gate Performing Arts Center – Shipshewana, IN
  • Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL
  • Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN



  • Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion – Gilford, NH
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
  • Saint Augustine Amphitheatre – St. Augustine, FL
  • The Wharf Amphitheater – Orange Beach, AL
  • Whitewater Amphitheater – New Braunfels, TX



  • BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
  • Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
  • Dickies Arena – Ft. Worth, TX
  • Ford Center – Evansville, IN
  • Rupp Arena – Lexington, KY



  • Brent Fedrizzi
  • Michelle Romeo
  • RJ Romeo
  • Shawn Radley
  • Todd Boltin



  • Aaron Spalding
  • Adam Weiser
  • Bradley Jordan
  • Brian O’Connell
  • Ed Warm


IMPORTANT NOTES: Awards counts for artists reflect categories in which they have been recognized as individuals or as part of their duo or group. In some cases, an artist may receive more than one nomination per category, such as producer, director or songwriter which factors into their official count.


Award recipients in each category are noted above in brackets in the Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Music Event of the Year.


Awards are voted on by members of the Academy of Country Music. Membership has increased by 12% in the past year, bringing the Academy’s total membership to more than 4,600 members.


A full database of previous Academy of Country Music Awards nominations and winners can be found on the Academy of Country Music website in the “Winners Search” section found here.


The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards is produced by MRC Live & Alternative. R.A. Clark is executive producer of the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. For more information, log onto or


The health and safety of the artists, fans, industry, staff and partners involved in the ACM Awards is the number one priority. All guidelines set forth by national, state and local health officials will be closely followed and implemented during the production along with additional safety measures to be instated by MRC and the Academy of Country Music.


About the Academy of Country Music Awards™

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards™ is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in country music and will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more with a show so big, only a stadium can hold it. The 57th ACM Awards are looking toward the future with a historic, first of its kind partnership with Prime Video, making history as the first major awards show to livestream exclusively, LIVE from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Monday, March 7, 2022. Tickets for the Awards are available to purchase now at Ticketmaster.


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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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