Nominees For 2020 ACM Awards Revealed

And the ACM Awards nominees are…


Lauren Jo Black

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February 27, 2020


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Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for ACM

Nominees for the 55th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were revealed Thursday morning (Feb. 27) during a digital press conference hosted by the Academy of Country Music. Artists and various media personalities took to Twitter to share the nominees throughout the morning.

Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Old Dominion lead the nominees with five nods each.

Morris is nominated for five trophies in four categories, including her fourth Female Artist of the Year nomination and her first-ever Group of the Year nomination as part of the all-female quartet, The Highwomen. The superstar is also nominated in the Album of the Year category twice, both as an aritst and producer for her sophomore album, GIRL. Additionally, Morris is up for Music Event of the Year alongside Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack and Elle King, for their collaboration of “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”

Rhett also earned five nominations in four categories, including his very first Entertainer of the Year nomination. He is nominated twice for his album Center Point Road, as artist and producer, in the Album of the Year category. The singer/songwriter also received his first-ever Video of the Year nomination for “Remember You YOung,” and a nod in the Male Artist of the Year category.

Old Dominion also scored five nominations, including their fifth nomination for Group of the Year. The band also received nominations for Song of the Year and Video of the Year as well as twice in the Single of the Year category (for artist and producer) for “One Man Band.” Additionally, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Brad Tursi each received nominations as songwriters in the Song of the Year category for “One Man Band.”

Famed producer Dan Huff is celebrating five ACM nominations as well, with a nomination for Album of the Year with Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road, Music Event of the Year for “What Happens in a Small Town” with Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell and Single of the Year as a producer of “What If I Never Get Over You” with Lady Antebellum.

Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber and Blake Shelton follow with four nominations each.

Dan + Shay’s Shay Mooney received his very first individual nomination as a songwriter for “10,000 Hours” in the Song of the Year category. Plus, Dan Smyers received two individual nominations as a songwriter in the Song of the Year category and as a producer in the Music Event of the Year category for “10,000 Hours.”

Other top nominees include Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde and Kacey Musgraves, who each scored three nominations each.  Check out the complete list of nominees for the 2020 ACM Awards below.

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.

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Carrie Underwood

Female Artist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Male Artist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Duo of the Year

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

Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
The Highwomen

Song of the Year
Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber
Songwriters: Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Jessie Jo Dillon, Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers
Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Shay Mooney Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI), Big Machine Music (BMI) / Buckeye 26 (ASCAP), Jreynmusic (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Bieber Time Publishing (ASCAP), Universal Music (ASCAP) / Poo B Z Inc. (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP).

“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde
Songwriters: Jeremy Bussey, Ashley McBryde
Publishers: Songs of Song Factory (BMI) / Universal Tunes (SESAC).

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton
Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt
Publishers: Relative Music Group (BMI), Administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI) / WB Music Corp. / Georgia Song Vibez / We-volve Music (ASCAP) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / Neon Cross Music (BMI).

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion
Songwriters: Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi
Publishers: WB Music Corp/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing. Rezsongs/Reehits World/Smacktown Music, a division of Smack Blue, LLC/Unfair Entertainment (ASCAP) adm. by Me Gusta Music. We’re Really Doin’ It Publishing (ASCAP) adm by Words & Music. Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing.

“Some Of It” – Eric Church
Songwriters: Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, Bobby Pinson
Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Longer and Louder Music, admin. by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC; Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music/Little Louder Songs, admin. by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music/Not A Track Guy Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights (BMI).

New Female Artist of the Year

Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Lindsay Ell
Caylee Hammack
Tenille Townes

New Male Artist of the Year

Jordan Davis
Russell Dickerson
Riley Green
Cody Johnson
Morgan Wallen

Album of the Year
Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)

Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Thomas Rhett, The Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

GIRL – Maren Morris
Producers: busbee, Greg Kurstin, Maren Morris
Record Label: Columbia Nashville

Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi
Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs
Producer: Scott Moffatt
Record Label: River House Artists/Columbia Nashville

Wildcard – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville

Single of the Year
Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Record Label: Warner Bros. (Nashville)

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion
Producer: Shane McAnally
Record Label: RCA Records Nashville

“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves
Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves, Daniel Tashian
Record Label: MCA Nashville

“Rumor” – Lee Brice
Producers: Lee Brice, Dan Frizsell, Kyle Jacobs, Jon Stone
Record Label: Curb Records

“What If I Never Get Over You” – Lady Antebellum
Producer: Dann Huff
Record Label: BMLG Records

Video of the Year
Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber
Director: Patrick Tracy
Producer: Christen Pinkston

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton
Director: Sophie Muller
Producers: Jamie Amos, Patrick Kennedy

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion
Director: Mason Allen
Producer: Mason Allen

“Remember You Young” – Thomas Rhett
Director: TK McKamy
Producer: Dan Atchison

“Sugar Coat” – Little Big Town
Directors: Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen Kinigopoulos
Producers: Wes Edwards, Carlo Glorioso, Angie Lorenz

Music Event of the Year
Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber
Producers: Dan Smyers
Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

“Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks Featuring Blake Shelton
Producers: Garth Brooks
Record Label: Pearl Records, Inc.

“Fooled Around And Fell In Love” – Miranda Lambert Featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: Vanner Records/RCA Records Nashville

“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
Producers: Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross, YoungKio
Record Label: Columbia Records

“What Happens In A Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert Featuring Lindsay Ell
Producer: Dann Huff
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

Songwriter of the Year
Off-Camera Award

Ashley Gorley
Michael Hardy
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

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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 and her work being featured on 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.