Dierks Bentley announced the first of the 2016 ACM Awards nominees on Monday morning (Feb. 1). Eric Church leads the way with five nominations so far. Singers up for Entertainer of the Year, Male and Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Duo and Group were announced live on CBS This Morning.
Luke Bryan will return to host the 2016 ACM Awards, but Blake Shelton will not. A promo video for the 51st annual awards breaks the news of Shelton’s departure while teasing who Bryan’s on-stage buddy may be next April.
Randy Travis is one of the most legendary artists in country music. Since 2012, Travis has caught a series of bad breaks both with legal issues and illness. Through it all, the Nashville community and country music artists and fans everywhere have continued to show him their love and support.
From legends like Garth Brooks and George Strait to newcomers like Sam Hunt, the ACM Awards were about more than awards, as performances were the highlight of the night, including a tribute to Merle Haggard from Eric Church and Keith Urban.