2020 ACM Awards’ Biggest Snubs: Where Are Kane Brown and Jason Aldean?

The nominees for the 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were revealed Thursday morning (Feb. 27). Top nominees included…

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 27, 2020

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Kane Brown, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean

The nominees for the 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were revealed Thursday morning (Feb. 27). Top nominees included Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber, Blake Shelton, Old Dominion, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde and Kacey Musgraves.

While there weren’t too many surprises among the list of nominees, there were arguably a few artists/projects missing from the mix, and that left some fans scratching their heads.

Here’s a look at the 2020 ACM Awards snubs.

Kane Brown; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Kane Brown; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Not a Single Nomination for Kane Brown

Once again, Kane Brown’s name is not included in the mix. The superstar was snubbed at the CMA Awards last fall and the ACM Awards last spring. With the success of “Good as You” and “Homesick” and the cross-genre collab “One Thing Right,” Brown was undoubtedly deserving of at least a single nomination! His last nomination for the ACM Awards came in 2018 when he was up for Single of the Year for “Heaven.”

Carrie Underwood; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Carrie Underwood; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

No Love For Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Album

Carrie Underwood released one of her best and most personal albums to date, Cry Pretty, in early 2019. It was definitely a surprise that this record wasn’t included in the Album of the Year category. It was recently certified Platinum and includes hits like “Cry Pretty,” “Southbound,” and “The Champion.”

Keith Urban; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Keith Urban; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

No Garth Brooks or Keith Urban For Entertainer of the Year

The Entertainer of the Year category includes two first-time nominees, Thomas Rhett and Luke Combs, therefore, two artists had to get the boot. Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks and Reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban were not nominated for the ACM Awards’ top honor this time around.

Tanya Tucker; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Tanya Tucker; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Where is GRAMMY winner Tanya Tucker?

After taking home two GRAMMY earlier this year, Tanya Tucker’s name was nowhere to be found among the ACM nominees. It’s shocking to think she could earn an impressive four Grammy nominations and not a single nod for the ACM Awards.

Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Jason Aldean; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

No Nominations for Jason Aldean

One of the most surprising artists to be left out of the nominations list is ACM Artist of the Decade Jason Aldean. Following his 2019 Ride All Night Tour and the release of his ninth album, 9, it’s quite a shock to see that he didn’t score a single nomination. Aldean is a 14-time ACM Award winner and a three-time Entertainer of the Year.

Luke Combs; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Luke Combs; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Where Is “Beer Never Broke My Heart?”

One of the biggest songs of the past year, Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” didn’t receive a single nomination. It should have been included in the Single of the Year category (at the very least).

Hosted by reigning Entertainer of the Year, Keith Urban, the ACM Awards telecast will air LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on CBS. The show will also be available to stream live and on-demand across digital platforms on the CBS All Access subscription service.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.