The ACM Awards have honored the best in country music for more than half a century, and the Academy of Country Music that bestows the honors will announce the nominees for their 52nd annual awards tomorrow, February 16. Who do you think will make the cut?
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Ten-time ACM Award winners Lady Antebellum will announce this year’s contenders on “CBS This Morning” at 8:00am Eastern (delayed on the west coast). After that, at 8:50am Eastern (5:50am Pacific), “Entertainment Tonight” hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier will announce more contenders on ETonline.com. Once those have been revealed, the full list of nominations will be available at ACMcountry.com.
At last year’s ACM Awards, Jason Aldean was the surprise winner of Entertainer of the Year. That was the first victory in the top category for Aldean, who had been nominated four times before. He defeated Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and the previous year’s winner Luke Bryan. But the biggest winner of the night was Chris Stapleton, who won six out of his seven nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year. Lambert claimed Female Vocalist of the Year for the seventh year in a row.
In addition to those names, we might see recent Grammy champs Sturgill Simpson and Maren Morris make an appearance. Two-time Entertainer of the Year champ Carrie Underwood (2008-2009) could also make another strong impact.
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The ACM Award winners will be announced during a live telecast at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday, April 2, from 8:00pm-11:00pm Eastern (tape delayed on the west coast) on the CBS Television Network. Will last year’s champs defend their titles, or will we see a new batch of winners?