Nominees for the 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards (see below) were announced on Thursday, March 1.
ACM Awards ceremony took place at the MGM Garden Arena in Las Vegas, airing live on Sunday, April 15, 2018 on CBS.
Top nominees this year included Chris Stapleton who led with eight nominations, including nods for entertainer of the year, male vocalist of the year, and album of the year for “From A Room: Volume 1.”
Following Stapleton were Thomas Rhett with six nods, Keith Urban and Shane McAnally with five, and Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert, who each figure with four nominations.
Reba McEntire is set to host.
On awards night, live performances were given by a Who's Who in country music including Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Bebe Rexha, Thomas Rhett, Kelly Clarkson, Kane Brown, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, and Jon Pardi.
The lineup of presenters included Drew Brees, ET host Nancy O’Dell, Rebecca Romijn, Lindsey Vonn, Cam, Dustin Lynch, Kiefer Sutherland, Sam Elliott, Ashton Kutcher, David Boreanaz, AJ Buckley, Max Thieriot, and Eve.
Hosting the night's ceremony for the 15th time in a row was country superstar Reba McEntire.
Just up ahead, check out the complete list of 2018 ACM Awards winners along with fun facts and trivia about one of country music's biggest nights.
DID YOU KNOW? ACM Awards trivia & fun facts
• The ACM Awards first aired in 1966. The first artist to be named ACM's Entertainer of the Year was Merle Haggard.
• The first woman to win Entertainer of the Year was Loretta Lynn in 1975.
• The Academy added a Video of the Year category in 1984. That year, Hank Williams Jr. won for "All My Rowdy Friends Are Comin' Over Tonight."
• Garth Brooks currently holds the most number of wins as Entertainer of the Year with four consecutive wins from 1990-1993 and two in 1997 and 1998.
• Reba holds the record for the most Female Vocalist of the Year wins with seven. She also has hosted the ACM Awards 14 times, more than any other individual.
• The all-time record for most ACM wins goes to country duo Brooks & Dunn who have won a total of 27 awards.
2018 Academy of Country Music Nominees & * Winners
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR * Jason Aldean
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR * Miranda Lambert
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR * Chris Stapleton
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR * Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR * Old Dominion
Little Big Town
NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR * Lauren Alaina
NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR * Brett Young
NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR * Midland
ALBUM OF THE YEAR * From a Room Vol. 1 - Chris Stapleton
Breaker - Little Big Town
California Sunrise - Jon Pardi
Happy Endings - Old Dominion
Life Changes - Thomas Rhett
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR * "Body Like a Back Road" - Sam Hunt
"Better Man" - Little Big Town
"Broken Halos" - Chris Stapleton
"Drinkin’ Problem" – Midland
"I’ll Name the Dogs" - Blake Shelton
SONG OF THE YEAR * "Tin Man" - Miranda Lambert
"Body Like a Back Road" - Sam Hunt
"Female" - Keith Urban
"Whiskey and You" - Chris Stapleton
VIDEO OF THE YEAR * "It Ain’t My Fault" - Brothers Osborne
"Black" - Dierks Bentley
"Legends" - Kelsea Ballerini
"Marry Me" - Thomas Rhett
"We Should Be Friends" - Miranda Lambert
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR * Rhett Akins
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR *
"The Fighter" – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood
"Craving You" – Thomas Rhett Featuring Maren Morris
"Dear Hate" – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill
"Funny (How Time Slips Away)" - Glen Campbell And Willie Nelson
"What Ifs" – Kane Brown Featuring Lauren Alaina
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