The Academy Of Country Music Award nominees look like YOUR favorites too!

Nashville, TN) --  The nominations for the 2021 Country Music Awards are out. Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead the nominations this year with six each. The two are closely trailed by Miranda Lambert with five nominations. Ashley McBryde, Thomas Rhett and producer Jay Joyce follow Lambert with four nominations each. Those in the running for one of country's most prestigious awards, entertainer of the year, include Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett. The show is set to air on April 18th at 8 p.m. Eastern time at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. A host for the show has yet to be announced.


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


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


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


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


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

New Female

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

New Male

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


  • Born Here Live Here Die Here, Luke Bryan
  • Mixtape Vol. 1, Kane Brown
  • Never Will, Ashley McBryde
  • Skeletons, Brothers Osborne
  • Starting Over, Chris Stapleton


  • "Bluebird," Miranda Lambert
  • "I Hope," Gabby Barrett
  • "I Hope You’re Happy Now," Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
  • "More Hearts Than Mine," Ingrid Andress
  • "The Bones," Maren Morris


  • "Bluebird," Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Natalie Hemby
  • "One Night Standards," Ashley McBryde, Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally
  • "Some People Do," Jesse Frasure, Matt Ramsey, Thomas Rhett, Shane McAnally
  • "Starting Over," Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson
  • "The Bones," Jimmy Robbins, Maren Morris, Laura Veltz


  • "Better Than We Found It," Maren Morris 
  • "Bluebird," Miranda Lambert 
  • "Gone," Dierks Bentley
  • "Hallelujah," Carrie Underwood and John Legend
  • "Worldwide Beautiful," Kane Brown


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

Music Event

  • "Be A Light," Thomas Rhett f/Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
  • "Does To Me," Luke Combs f/Eric Church
  • "I Hope You’re Happy Now," Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
  • "Nobody But You," Blake Shelton f/Gwen Stefani
  • "One Beer," Hardy f/Lauren Alaina and Devin Dawson
  • "One Too Many," Keith Urban f/P!nk

Bass Player

  • Jarrod Travis Cure
  • Mark Hill
  • Tony Lucido
  • Steve Mackey
  • Glenn Worf


  • Fred Eltringham
  • Evan Hutchings
  • Derek Mixon
  • Jerry Roe
  • Aaron Sterling

Guitar Player

  • J.T. Corenflos
  • Kris Donegan
  • Jedd Hughes
  • Ilya Toshinskiy
  • Derek Wells

Piano/Keys Player

  • Dave Cohen
  • David Dorn
  • Charlie Judge
  • Mike Rojas
  • Benmont Tench

Specialty Instrument Player

  • Alicia Enstrom
  • Jim Hoke
  • Danny Rader
  • Mickey Raphael
  • Ilya Toshinskiy
  • Kristin Wilkinson

Steel Guitar Player

  • Spencer Cullum
  • Dan Dugmore
  • Mike Johnson
  • Russ Pahl
  • Justin Schipper

Audio Engineer 

  • Jeff Balding
  • Jason Hall
  • Gena Johnson
  • Vance Powell 
  • F. Reid Shippen


  • Buddy Cannon
  • Dave Cobb
  • Dann Huff
  • Jay Joyce
  • Joey Moi