The 58th annual ACM Awards will flow reside by plan of Amazon High Video from Frisco, Texas, on Thursday (May perchance well maybe additionally 11), guided by superstar co-hosts Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton. This twelve months, nominees starting from novices to Country Music Hall of Reputation members are poised take house ACM trophies.
Will leading nominee HARDY — who has seven nods heading into the ceremony — add to his ACM Awards accolades? May perchance well maybe additionally first-time ACM entertainer of the twelve months nominees Kane Brown or Morgan Wallen take house the night’s most coveted trophy? Will six-time ACM nominee Lainey Wilson simplest her previous twelve months’s wins by taking house the female artist of the twelve months honor? Will Miranda Lambert lengthen her nine female artist of the twelve months wins? May perchance well maybe additionally The Battle and Treaty take house their first ACM Awards catch for duo of the twelve months?
Listed below are Billboard’s winners predictions in pick lessons, from Jessica Nicholson, crew author, Nashville.
Entertainment Entertainer of the twelve months
Evaluation: Sony Music Nashville artists Kane Brown and Luke Combs, moreover Large Loud’s Morgan Wallen, are amongst the highest contenders within the seven artist-stable pack of nominees this twelve months. Brown led a top-tier headlining tour of NBA arenas and notched his ninth Billboard Country Airplay No. 1, this time with “Thank God,” featuring his companion Katelyn. Brown is the first Sad or biracial artist to be nominated within the class since Charley Pride, who earned ACM EOY nominations from 1970-1972. In the meantime, Combs earns his fourth EOY nomination, and released two albums over the final twelve months, Growin’ Up and Gettin’ Worn. He additionally launched his World Tour, including breaking records at AT&T Stadium, Busch Stadium and Gillette Stadium. Wallen additionally earns his first EOY nomination this twelve months, and is selling out shows internationally on his One Evening at a Time world tour. Wallen’s One Factor at a Time album has been entrenched within the penthouse of the Billboard 200 for the previous nine weeks. In the meantime, Wallen’s “Closing Evening” as of late grew to change into the first song to top the Hot 100 and Country Airplay charts concurrently. With this being Combs’ fourth nod within the class, probe for him to take house his first catch.
Will catch: Luke Combs
Entertainment Female artist of the twelve months
Evaluation: Closing twelve months, Wilson picked up two ACM Awards wins — fresh female artist of the twelve months and song of the twelve months (for “Things a Man Oughta Know”). She is poised to up the ante this twelve months, with six nominations general. Additionally, she launched a habitual role on the hit tv series Yellowstone, released her Bell Bottom Country album, headlined her possess Country With a Flare tour, and opened for Luke Combs’ world tour. She additionally earned two top five Country Airplay hits with “Heart Cherish a Truck” and “Wait within the Truck” (a collab with HARDY). Reigning ACM entertainer of the twelve months Lambert released the album Palomino, earned a top 10 Hot Country Songs hit with “If I Was as soon as a Cowboy,” and led a string of dates on her Velvet Rodeo Las Vegas residency. In the meantime, McBryde and reigning ACM female artist of the twelve months Pearce noticed their collaboration “By no manner Wanted to Be That Woman” top the Country Airplay chart in May perchance well maybe additionally 2022; the song modified into nominated for 2 ACM Awards closing twelve months, and obtained the tune match of the twelve months trophy. In 2022, Ballerini released the album Subject to Switch, spearheaded by the highest 25 Country Airplay hit “Heartfirst.” Each and every artist here has notched stellar occupation milestones, nonetheless Wilson’s occupation is firing on all cylinders.
Will catch: Lainey Wilson
Entertainment Male Artist of the twelve months
Evaluation: Stapleton is the reigning winner in this class, whereas Combs beforehand obtained this honor in 2020. They’re competing in opposition to three first-timers within the class: Brown, Davis and Wallen. With Brown and Combs being labelmates, and given Wallen’s stronghold on the sales chart, Wallen may maybe well take house the catch here.
Will catch: Morgan Wallen
Entertainment Duo of the twelve months
Brooks & Dunn
Dan + Shay
Maddie & Tae
The Battle and Treaty
Evaluation: Brothers Osborne regained this accolade closing twelve months, after Dan+Shay had held the winner’s circle for the previous three years. (Brothers Osborne had taken house the honor for 2 years sooner than that.) This twelve months, they’ve opponents from Country Music Hall of Famers Brooks & Dunn (who possess taken house the catch 16 times in their occupation), moreover Maddie & Tae (who released the 2-volume Thru the Madness mission closing twelve months) and husband-and-companion duo The Battle and Treaty, who released their EP Blank Page in November 2022, followed by their elephantine-length mission Lover’s Game this twelve months. With their stable following, probe for Brothers Osborne to preserve their title.
Will catch: Brothers Osborne
Entertainment Neighborhood of the twelve months
Limited Large Town
Zac Brown Band
Evaluation: Worn Dominion has taken house this honor the previous five consecutive years and possess a top 15 Country Airplay hit with “Reminiscence Lane.” Zac Brown Band earned a top 15 Country Airplay hit with “Out within the Middle.” Though the total nominees here had top-notch years, it looks to be a creep between Worn Dominion and ZBB.
Will catch: Worn Dominion
Entertainment Album of the twelve months
Ashley McBryde Gifts: Lindeville —Ashley McBryde; Producer: John Osborne; Rate: Warner Music Nashville
Bell Bottom Country — Lainey Wilson; Producer: Jay Joyce; Rate: Damaged Bow Files
Growin’ Up — Luke Combs; Producers: Luke Combs, Chip Matthews, Jonathan Singleton; Rate: Columbia Files
Mr. Saturday Evening — Jon Pardi; Producers: Jon Pardi, Bart Butler, Ryan Gore; Rate: Capitol Files Nashville
Palomino — Miranda Lambert; Producers: Jon Randall, Luke Dick, Miranda Lambert, Mikey Reaves; Rate: Vanner Files/RCA Files Nashville
Evaluation: This twelve months’s album creep substances a slew of chart-toppers in a differ of kinds, with Lambert’s freewheeling musical travelogue, Wilson’s hippie-nation mission, Pardi’s ‘90s nation-impressed album and Combs’s hit-stuffed sequence all vying for the catch. Nonetheless, voters may maybe well lean in opposition to the out-of-the-box ethos of McBryde’s collaborative, Dennis Linde-impressed mission.
Will catch: McBryde’s Lindeville
Entertainment Single of the twelve months
“Heart Cherish a Truck” — Lainey Wilson; Producer: Jay Joyce; Rate: Damaged Bow Files
“By no manner Wanted To Be That Woman” — Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde; Producers: Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally; Rate: Large Machine Files/Warner Music Nashville
“She Had Me at Heads Carolina” — Cole Swindell; Producer: Zach Crowell; Rate: Warner Music Nashville
“Thank God” — Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown; Producer: Dann Huff; Rate: RCA Nashville
“’Til You Can’t” — Cody Johnson; Producer: Trent Willmon; Rate: Warner Music Nashville/CoJo Music
Evaluation: Each and every nomination obtained indispensable traction on the Country Airplay chart, whereas “By no manner Wanted to Be That Woman” earned a Grammy catch, Johnson’s “’Til You Can’t” is a previous CMA Award winner, and the Kane/Katelyn collab obtained enormous somehow month’s CMT Music Awards. In phrases of general industrial success, Swindell’s “Carolina” notched four weeks atop Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, and bought a further boost by plan of a remixed model featuring Jo Dee Messina.
Will catch: Swindell’s “She Had Me at Heads Carolina”
Entertainment Tune of the twelve months
“Sand in My Boots” — Morgan Wallen; Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Josh Osborne, Michael Hardy; Publishers: Relative Music Neighborhood; Sony/ATV Accent, Sony/ATV Infamous Keys Publishing, Sony/ATV Tree Publishing
“She Had Me at Heads Carolina” — Cole Swindell; Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Cole Swindell, Jesse Frasure, Rate D. Sanders, Thomas Rhett, Tim Nichols; Publishers: Ashley Gorley Publishing Designee, Be a Gentle Publishing, Colden Rainey Music, EMI Blackwood Music, Songs of Roc Nation Music, Sony Tree Publishing, Telemitry Rhythm Residence Music, Universal Music, WC Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing
“’Til You Can’t” — Cody Johnson; Songwriters: Ben Stennis, Matt Rogers; Publishers: Anthem Canalco Publishing, Ineffective Aim Music, The Stennis Mightier Music
“wait within the truck” — HARDY featuring Lainey Wilson; Songwriters: Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy, Renee Blair; Publishers: Humerus Publishing World, Nontypical Music, Pile of Schmidt Songs, Rednecker Music, Relative Music Neighborhood, Round Hill Verses Publishing, Sony/ ATV Accent, Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, The Money Tree Vibez, WC Music, Who Needs To Aquire My Publishing
“You Must always silent Potentially Plod away” — Chris Stapleton; Songwriters: Ashley Gorley, Chris DuBois, Chris Stapleton; Publishers: One77 Songs, Sea Gayle Music, Songs of Southside Just Music Publishing, Spirit Two Nashville, WC Music
Evaluation: Songwriter Ashley Gorley co-wrote three of the contenders for this twelve months’s song of the twelve months honor, whereas Michael Hardy (HARDY) is a contributor to 2 of this twelve months’s final nominees. Three of these contenders first charted in 2021, thus proving their enduring quality. Lyrically, the songs quilt a differ of issues including heartbreak (“Sand in My Boots”), making the most of day after day (“‘Til You Can’t”), revenge (“wait within the truck”), temptation (“You Must always silent Potentially Plod away”) and tune-fused admire (“She Had Me at Heads Carolina”). Given the gritty nature of “wait within the truck” and its addition to nation tune’s lengthy historical previous of abolish ballads, probe for it to catch here.
Will catch: “Wait within the Truck”
Entertainment Music Tournament of the twelve months
“On the Halt of a Bar” — Chris Younger with Mitchell Tenpenny; Producers: Chris DeStefano, Chris Younger; Rate: RCA Nashville
“She Had Me at Heads Carolina [Remix]” — Cole Swindell & Jo Dee Messina; Producer: Zach Crowell; Rate: Warner Music Nashville
“Thank God” — Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown; Producer: Dann Huff; Rate: RCA Nashville
“Thinking ’Bout You” — Dustin Lynch featuring MacKenzie Porter; Producer: Zach Crowell; Rate: Damaged Bow Files
“wait within the truck” — HARDY featuring Lainey Wilson; Producers: Derek Wells, HARDY, Joey Moi, Jordan Schmidt; Rate Large Loud Files
Evaluation: This twelve months’s class gets opponents with the Chris Younger/Mitchell Tenpenny collab “On the Halt of a Bar,” the nostalgic Swindell/Messina musical second of “She Had Me at Heads Carolina,” the husband-companion duet “Thank God” with Kane and Katelyn Brown, the unprecedented abolish ballad “wait within the truck” from HARDY and Wilson, and the Dustin Lynch/MacKenzie Porter duet “Thinking ‘Bout You,” which modified into a six-week Country Airplay chart-topper in 2021. Gaze the stirring “Thank God” to take house the catch.
Will catch: Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown, “Thank God”