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54th Annual ACM Awards Nominations

The nominations for the 54th annual ACM Awards were announced on February 20th, and we could not be more excited for one of country music’s biggest nights! For the second year in a row Reba McEntire will host the awards, which will be broadcast live from Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th at 8pm on CBS. This past year has been incredible for country music. Many new artists burst onto the scene with breakthrough singles, while current superstars continued to solidify their careers with more chart-topping hits. Chris Stapleton along with duo Dan + Shay lead the nominations racking up 6 apiece. Kacey Musgraves is the leading female nominee receiving 5 nominations.

Check out the full list of nominations and our predictions for who will win below.

Entertainer of the Year

• Jason Aldean

• Luke Bryan

• Kenny Chesney

• Chris Stapleton

• Keith Urban

Prediction: Keith Urban – This category is a toss up as all five of these artists are very deserving of the honor, but we’re going to give a slight edge to Keith Urban since he won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards this past November.

Female Artist of the Year

• Miranda Lambert

• Ashley McBryde

• Maren Morris

• Kacey Musgraves

• Carrie Underwood

Prediction: Kacey Musgraves – In what should be another very close category, we’re giving the nod to Kacey Musgraves as she looks to build on the success of her big night at the Grammys.

Male Artist of the Year

• Dierks Bentley

• Luke Combs

• Thomas Rhett

• Chris Stapleton

• Keith Urban

Prediction: Chris Stapleton – Chris has won this award two out of the last three years and we think he’ll make it three out of four with another win this year.

Duo of the Year

• Brothers Osborne

• Dan + Shay

• Florida Georgia Line


• Maddie & Tae

Prediction: Dan + Shay – Dan + Shay have arguably had the biggest year in country music out of anyone. They released two #1 singles (‘Tequila’ and ‘Speechless’) and a #1 album.

Group of the Year

• Lady Antebellum


• Little Big Town

• Midland

• Old Dominion

Prediction: Old Dominion – Old Dominion is quickly becoming one of country music’s hottest acts. Look for them to take home the award for Group of the Year for the second year in a row.

New Female Artist of the Year

• Danielle Bradbery

• Lindsay Ell

• Ashley McBryde

• Carly Pearce

Prediction: Ashley McBryde – Ashley’s album ‘Girl Going Nowhere’ made it into the Top 10 on the charts in 2018. You’ll soon be hearing a lot more from this rising star after she wins her first ACM award.

New Male Artist of the Year

• Jimmie Allen

• Luke Combs

• Jordan Davis

• Michael Ray

• Mitchell Tenpenny

Prediction: Luke Combs – We’re not sure how Luke Combs still qualifies as a new artist, but since he’s nominated he is our pick to win because he continues to release hit song after hit song.

New Duo or Group of the Year

• High Valley


• Runaway June

Prediction: LANCO – 2018 was a breakout year for LANCO as they released their debut album ‘Hallelujah Nights,’ which features the #1 single ‘Greatest Love Story.’

Album of the Year

• ‘Dan + Shay’ – Dan + Shay

o Producers: Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers, Matt Dragstrem

o Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

• ‘Desperate Man’ – Eric Church

o Producers: Jay Joyce, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

o Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

• ‘From A Room: Volume 2’ – Chris Stapleton

o Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

o Record Label: Mercury Nashville

• ‘Golden Hour’ – Kacey Musgraves

o Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, Kacey Musgraves

o Record Label: MCA Nashville

• ‘The Mountain’ – Dierks Bentley

o Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

o Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Prediction: ‘Golden Hour’ – It’s Kacey Musgraves’ year. After winning Album of the Year at both the Grammys and the CMA’s we’ll be quite surprised if ‘Golden Hour’ doesn’t receive the top honor again.

Single of the Year

• ‘Down to the Honky Tonk’ – Jake Owen

o Producer: Joey Moi

o Record Label: Big Loud Records

• ‘Heaven’ – Kane Brown

o Producers: Dann Huff, Polow Da Don

o Record Label: RCA Nashville

• ‘Meant To Be’ – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

o Producer: Wilshire for Rock The Soul Ent

o Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

• ‘Most People Are Good’ – Luke Bryan

o Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens

o Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

• ‘Tequila’ – Dan + Shay

o Producers: Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers

o Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

Prediction: ‘Tequila’ – ‘Tequila’ was a career changing song for Dan + Shay, and they are certainly deserving of this award after many feel that they were snubbed at the CMA’s. One of the most played songs on country radio, ‘Tequila’ spent two weeks atop the charts last summer.

Song of the Year

• ‘Break Up In The End’ – Cole Swindell

o Writers: Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill, Jon Nite

o Publishers: EMI April Music Inc. / Nite Writer Music (ASCAP) / Songs of Universal, Inc. / Plum Nelly (BMI) / Big Music Machine (BMI)/ Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI)

• ‘Broken Halos’ – Chris Stapleton

o Writers: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton

o Publishers: WB Music Corp./House of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights/Spirit Catalog Holdings, S.a.r.l. admin. by Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP); Straight Six Music (BMI)

• ‘Meant To Be’ – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

o Writers: David Garcia, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, Bebe Rexha

o Publishers: BMG Platinum Songs/Kiss Me If You Can Music (BMI) (all rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC) Big Loud Mountain (BMI) and T Hubb Publishing (BMI). All Rights Administered by Round Hill Works. Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. on behalf of itself and Songs of the Corn and Jack 10 Publishing. Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (ASCAP) D Soul Music (ASCAP) (adm. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com)

• ‘Space Cowboy’ – Kacey Musgraves

o Writers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves

o Publishers: Smack Hits/Smack Songs, admin by Kobalt Music Group ltd. (GMR); Universal Music Works/We Are Creative NBaSmack Hits/Smack Songs, LLC, admin. by Kobalt Music Group Ltd. (GMR); Universal Music Works/We Are Creative Nation/Jake and Mack Music, admin. by Universal Music Works; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./351 Music (BMI)

• ‘Tequila’ – Dan + Shay

o Writers: Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

o Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), A Girl Named Charlie (BMI) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Buckeye26 (ASCAP) / Jreynmusic (ASCAP)

• ‘Yours’ – Russell Dickerson

o Writers: Casey Brown, Russell Dickerson, Parker Welling

o Publishers: BMG Platinum Songs/Kailey’s Dream / So Essential Tunes / Not Just Another Song Publishing / Hillbilly Science and Research Publishing/Trailerlily Music

Prediction: ‘Broken Halos’ – This is a closely contested category full of amazing songs. We’re picking Chris Stapleton’s ‘Broken Halos’ based on the fact that it also won for Song of the Year at the CMA’s.

Video of the Year

• ‘Babe’ – Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift

o Producer: Roger Hunt

o Director: Anthony Mandler

• ‘Burn Out’ – Midland

o Producer: Ben Skipworth

o Director: TK McKamy, Cameron Duddy

• ‘Burning Man’ – Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne

o Producer: Nate Eggert

o Director: Wes Edwards

• ‘Drunk Girl’ – Chris Janson

o Producer: Ben Skipworth

o Director: Jeff Venable

• ‘Shoot Me Straight’ – Brothers Osborne

o Producer: April Kimbrell

o Director: Wes Edwards, Ryan Silver

• ‘Tequila’ – Dan + Shay

o Producer: Christen Pinkston

o Director: Patrick Tracy

Prediction: ‘Tequila’ – The music video for ‘Tequila’ gave us all the feels. It has 62 million views on YouTube making it the most watched video out of any of the nominees.

Songwriter of the Year

• Ross Copperman

• Ashley Gorley

• Shane McAnally

• Chase McGill

• Josh Osborne

Prediction: Ross Copperman – Ross co-wrote two songs (Dierks Bentley’s ‘Woman, Amen’ and Kenny Chesney’s ‘Get Along’) that reached #1 in 2018. Other massive hits that he penned this past year include Eli Young Band’s ‘Love Ain’t’ and Brett Eldredge’s ‘Love Someone.’

Music Event of the Year

• ‘Burning Man’ – Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne

o Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora Jr.

o Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

• ‘Drowns the Whiskey’ – Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert

o Producer: Michael Knox

o Record Labels: Macon Music, LLC; Broken Bow Records; BBR Music Group; BMG

• ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ – David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney

o Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney, David Lee Murphy

o Record Label: Reviver Records

• ‘Keeping Score’ – Dan + Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson

o Producers: Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers

o Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

• ‘Meant To Be’ – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

o Producer: Wilshire for Rock The Soul Ent

o Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

Prediction: ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’ – This is such an uplifting, feel good song. We loved seeing Kenny and David Lee Murphy perform it together last year at Gillette Stadium.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! We’re looking forward to another awards show full of great performances and memorable moments.

You can watch the ACM Awards with us at our annual viewing party at Loretta’s Last Call in Boston on April 7th at 7:30pm. There will be a silent auction and a raffle for prizes like meet and greet passes, concert tickets, and autographed items. All of the proceeds benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. You can purchase tickets here.

RaeLynn And Her Royal Offering ‘Queen’s Don’t.’

Multi-talented country artist RaeLynn has been quite busy since gaining popularity from her appearance on The Voice. Whether it be writing music, performing on stage, or being the face of a popular make-up line, she does it all. We, at New England Country Music, were able to talk with RaeLynn recently as she shared some of her exciting news with us.

On March 16th, RaeLynn released her newest song, ‘Queen’s Don’t,’ a welcomed successor to her breakout hit ‘God Made Girls.’ This powerful piece was written by RaeLynn, Corey Crowder and James Abrahart. When describing her cowriters, RaeLynn said that Crowder “treats his wife like the biggest queen ever, and he’s just such a stand-up guy.” She referred to Abrahart as “J-Heart” and said that he is an “amazing guy that lives in LA has written so many great pop songs, and a few songs for Keith Urban and he’s an incredible writer.” It can sometimes be challenging to collaborate with others to write a piece of music. Going into a new write is “kinda like going into a blind date. You’re having to talk about everything to write a really emotional song and it’s hard.” Fortunately, ‘Queen’s Don’t’ came together smoothly. RaeLynn expressed: “Honestly there’s a few writes that on the first time you just write magic and we did. It was our first write together all at the same time and we just struck magic that day.”

‘Queen’s Don’t’ is written about recognizing your own worth. RaeLynn said it is “a song for right now.” She went on to explain: “I think there’s beauty in seeing your worth and when you see your worth you’ll really pick your friends differently, you’ll pick people that you love differently, the people you keep around you close differently, and that all comes with seeing the beauty in yourself. The song is about knowing that first of all it doesn’t matter where you come from, or who you are. Everybody should be treated amazing, like royalty. And that’s what I want the sentiment of the song to be. Even though it’s ‘Queen’s Don’t’ and you would think ‘Oh it’s all about women,’ it’s about anybody. Anybody can see their worth. Queen is more of an attitude. Rather than being about women.”

In addition to the new single being released, RaeLynn is active as the face of Too Faced Cosmetics, Life’s A Festival Line. She said that Too Faced was “one of the first products I ever bought with my own money when I was thirteen. It was one of their pallets and I have always been obsessed with their packaging and just everything about their brand.” She is honored to be representing this make-up line and said “to be a part of this incredible line and be the face of it was a dream come true.” Her favorite products from the Life’s a Festival Line are the Fairy Tears Lipstick and the eyeshadow palette.

While make-up has always been one of RaeLynn’s passion’s, she is also passionate about giving back to the community. When discussing her biggest role-model in music, RaeLynn named Dolly Parton. “She is an incredible person. I think it’s super important to realize that all of this is going to go away and all we’re going to be left with is a legacy of who we were. Not the music that we gave to the world and I think it’s super important to give back and I love how much she gives it back.”

Currently, RaeLynn is on the road with Sarah Evans and Kalie Shorr as part of the CMT Next Women of Country Tour. “Sara Evans is such a staple in country music. I honestly forgot just how many songs I know of hers.” RaeLynn is greatful for being a part of this tour and mentioned that she loves that “CMT gives us the opportunity to be able to be in front of a different crowd and be on tour together and women supporting women I think is super special.”

We were lucky enough to have the CMT Next Women of Country Tour stop by Medford, MA back in February. If you missed RaeLynn this time, she is actively working on a summer tour schedule. Keep your fingers crossed that there is another New England date on there!

With a nomination for the 2018 ACM Awards New Female Vocalist, RaeLynn has a lot to be proud of. If you’re looking for a fun place to watch the ACM Awards please grab a ticket and join NECM at Loretta’s Last Call in Boston, MA on April 15th for our 5th Annual ACM Awards Viewing Party! Proceeds to benefit Boston Children’s Hospital. Tickets can be purchased here.

You can purchase ‘Queen’s Don’t’ on iTunes here and the video for ‘Queen’s Don’t’ is available on YouTube here.

You can follow RaeLynn on her website, on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.