The 52nd ACM Awards® is advertised as “country music’s party of the year®,” a title that has us wishing we were in Las Vegas for the 4 days of events that lead up to the broadcast from Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Sunday, April 2. Luckily, we have our own country music celebration here in Austin on May 6 with the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival, a Music Experience by AT&T.
This year’s ACM Awards will be hosted by Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan and air on CBS at 7 p.m CST. In an interesting addition to this year’s schedule, The Backstreet Boys will be performing with Florida Georgia Line. We’ll be tuning in for that, as well as performances from Bentley and Bryan and many other nominees like Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Maren Morris, all of whom have performed at the Frank Erwin Center.
We’re proud to have had so many great country artists perform here over our 40 year history and excited to see Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town and Dierks Bentley again soon for the iHeartCountry Festival.
We asked our Twitter followers (@erwincenter) who they thought would take home these awards. What do you think of our predictions for the following categories?
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia Line
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Big & Rich
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE
NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE
* four nominees only
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
Black – Dierks Bentley
Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Dig Your Roots– Florida Georgia Line
Producer: Joey Moi
Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
HERO – Maren Morris
Producers: busbee, Brad Hill, Maren Morris
Record Label: Columbia Nashville
Ripcord – Keith Urban
Producers: Jeff Bhasker, busbee, Nathan Chapman, Nitzan Kaikov, Dann Huff, Tyler Johnson, Johnny Price, Nile Rodgers, Keith Urban, Greg Wells
Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville
The Weight of These Wings– Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf
Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records
SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban
Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen
Publishers: WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Music Of The Corn (ASCAP), HillarodyRathbone Music (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Spirit Catalog Holdings (S.a.r.l.), Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP)
Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
Songwriters: Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur
Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI), Cricket On The Line (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI), Eastman Pond Publishing (BMI), Music of Big Deal (BMI), Nice Life (BMI), Frederic And Reid Music (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI), Brodsky Spensive Publishing (BMI)
Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw
Songwriter: Lori McKenna
Publishers: Songs of Universal Inc (BMI), Hoodie Songs (BMI)
Kill A Word – Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens
Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde
Publishers: Emileon Songs (BMI), Little Louder Songs (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)
Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
Songwriters: Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove
Publishers: Universal-Songs Of PolyGram International (BMI), EMI Algee (BMI)
Vice – Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Smack Hits (GMR), Kobalt Music Group,
Ltd. (GMR), Anderson Fork In The Road Music (ASCAP), Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc. (ASCAP), Smackville Music (ASCAP)
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