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Nominees

Entertainer of the Year Presented by Ram

  • Luke Bryan
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Blake Shelton
  • George Strait
  • Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Jason Aldean
  • Lee Brice
  • Luke Bryan
  • Blake Shelton
  • Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Sheryl Crow
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Big & Rich
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Love and Theft
  • Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band

New Artist of the Year Presented by Kohl’s

  • Brett Eldredge
  • Justin Moore
  • Kip Moore

Album of the Year

  • Based On A True Story… – Blake Shelton

Producer: Scott Hendricks

Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

  • Crash My Party – Luke Bryan

Producer: Jeff Stevens

Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

  • Here’s To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line

Producer: Joey Moi

Record Label: Republic Nashville

  • Same Trailer Different Park – Kacey Musgraves

Producers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves

Record Label: Mercury Records

  • Two Lanes Of Freedom – Tim McGraw

Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw

Record Label: Big Machine Records

Single Record of the Year

  • Cruise – Florida Georgia Line

Producer: Joey Moi

Record Label: Republic Nashville

  • Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban

Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw

Record Label: Big Machine Records

  • I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice

Producers: Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs, Matt McClure

Record Label: Curb Records

  • Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert

Producers: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf

Record Label: RCA Nashville

  • Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum

Producer: Frank Rogers

Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Song of the Year

  • Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) – Gary Allan

Songwriters: Gary Allan, Hillary Lindsey, Matthew Warren

Publishers: Always Alone Songs (ASCAP), Crystal Beach Music (BMI), Raylene Music (ASCAP)

  • I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice

Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary

Publishers: Beattyville Music (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Great Day At This Music (BMI), Happy Tears Music (ASCAP), Vistaville Music (ASCAP), Watch This Girl Publishing (BMI)

  • Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert

Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves

Publishers: 351 Music (BMI), Crazy Water Music (ASCAP), Little Blue Egg (ASCAP), Songs of Parallel (ASCAP), Vista Loma Music (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

  • Mine Would Be You – Blake Shelton

Songwriters: Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan

Publishers: Doc and Maggie Music (ASCAP), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), Get A Load Of This Music (ASCAP), Great Day At This Music (BMI), Hopeless Rose Music (ASCAP), Vistaville Music (ASCAP), Watch This Girl Publishing (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

  • Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum

Songwriters: Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor

Publishers: Blood Donor Music (BMI), Special Rider Music (SESAC)

Video of the Year

  • Better Dig Two – The Band Perry

Producer: Eric Williams

Director: Declan Whitebloom

  • Blowin’ Smoke – Kacey Musgraves

Producer: Josh Goldstein

Director: Honey

  • Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban

Producers: Tameron Hedge, Chandra LaPlume

Director: Shane Drake

  • I Drive Your Truck – Lee Brice

Producer: Karen Martin

Director: Eric Welch

  • Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert

Producer: Reagan Rosson and Ryan Sternberg

Director: Trey Fanjoy

  • Two Black Cadillacs – Carrie Underwood

Producer: Steve Lamar

Director: P.R. Brown

Vocal Event of the Year 

  • Boys ‘Round Here – Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends

Producer: Scott Hendricks

Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

  • Cruise (Remix) – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly

Producers: Joey Moi, Jason Nevins

Record Label: Republic Nashville

  • Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban

Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw

Record Label: Big Machine Records

  • Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum

Producer: Frank Rogers

Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

  • We Were Us – Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert

Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban

Record Labels: Capitol Records Nashville, Hit Red Records, RCA Nashville

Off Camera Awards - The following off-camera awards will be presented during the 8th Annual ACM Honors event on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 in Nashville.

Songwriter of the Year *(Off Camera Award)

  • Rhett Akins
  • Rodney Clawson
  • Ashley Gorley
  • Luke Laird
  • Shane McAnally

INDUSTRY AWARDS:

Casino of the Year – Small Capacity

  • Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa – Rancho Mirage, CA
  • Deadwood Mountain Grand – Deadwood, SD
  • Mohegan Sun Wolf Den – Uncasville, CT
  • Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort – Mount Pleasant, MI
  • The Joint at Hard Rock Casino – Catoosa, OK

Casino of the Year – Medium Capacity

  • Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino – Windsor, ON‎, Canada
  • Casino Rama – Rama, ON, Canada
  • Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
  • Star of the Desert Arena – Primm, NV
  • The Colosseum at Caesars Palace – Las Vegas, NV

Nightclub of the Year

  • Billy Bob’s Texas – Fort Worth, TX
  • Bub City – Chicago, IL
  • Floore’s Country Store – Helotes, TX
  • The Dusty Armadillo – Rootstown, OH
  • Wild Bills – Duluth, GA

Venue of the Year – Small Capacity

  • American Music Theatre – Lancaster, PA
  • Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater – Austin, TX
  • Cape Cod Melody Tent – Hyannis, MA
  • Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
  • House of Blues – Boston, MA

Venue of the Year – Medium Capacity

  • Amphitheater at The Wharf – Orange Beach, AL
  • Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook – Gilford, NH
  • Big Sandy Superstore Arena – Huntington, WV
  • Grand Ole Opry House – Nashville, TN
  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Golden, CO

Venue of the Year – Large Capacity

  • BOK Center – Tulsa, OK
  • Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
  • Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, ME
  • Gorge Amphitheatre – George, WA
  • Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CA

Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year

  • Billy Brill – Billy Alan Productions
  • Brock Jones – Global Spectrum
  • Nicole More – Neste Event Marketing
  • Fran Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group
  • R.J. Romeo – Romeo Entertainment Group

Promoter of the Year

  • Brent Fedrizzi – AEG Live
  • Brad Garrett – Police Productions
  • Billy Minick – Billy Bob’s Texas
  • Brian O’Connell – Live Nation
  • Ron Sakamoto – Gold & Gold Productions

Studio Recording Awards:
(Formerly known as Musician/Bandleader/Instrumentalist (MBI) Awards)

Bass Player of the Year

  • Mike Brignardello
  • Kevin “Swine” Grantt
  • Mark Hill
  • Michael Rhodes
  • Glenn Worf

Drummer of the Year

  • Chad Cromwell
  • Fred Eltringham
  • Shannon Forrest
  • Greg Morrow
  • Lonnie Wilson

Guitar Player of the Year

  • Jeff King
  • Troy Lancaster
  • Brent Mason
  • Rob McNelley
  • Jerry McPherson

Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year

  • Tony Harrell
  • John Jarvis
  • Charlie Judge
  • Tim Lauer
  • Gordon Mote

Speciality Instrument(s) Player of the Year

  • Glen Duncan
  • Larry Franklin
  • Jim Hoke
  • Danny Rader
  • Bryan Sutton

Steel Guitar of the Year

  • Dan Dugmore
  • Paul Franklin
  • Steve Hinson
  • Russ Pahl
  • Scotty Sanders

Audio Engineer of the Year

  • Derek Bason
  • Ben Fowler
  • Mills Logan
  • Steve Marcantonio
  • Justin Niebank

Producer of the Year

  • Mark Bright
  • Dann Huff
  • Michael Knox
  • Frank Liddell
  • Paul Worley

Radio Awards  – The following radio awards will be presented during the annual Radio Winners Reception held the day prior to the ACM Awards telecast, on Saturday, April 5 in Las Vegas.

National On-Air Personality of the Year

  • Bobby Bones, Amy, Lunchbox – The Bobby Bones Show
  • Crook & Chase – Crook & Chase Countdown
  • Kix Brooks – American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks
  • Lia – The Lia Show
  • Lon Helton – Country Countdown USA 

On-Air Personality of the Year – Major Market

  • Dave and Veronica – WQYK-FM St. Petersburg, FL
  • Donna & “Muss” – KEEY-FM Minneapolis, MN
  • Dr. Don Carpenter; Rachael Hunter;Grunwald; Jason the 300lb. Cowboy – WYCD-FM Detroit, MI
  • Edwards & Lee – Chuck Edwards & Linda Lee – WYCD-FM Detroit, MI
  • Paul Schadt, Meg and Geof – WKKT-FM Charlotte, NC

On-Air Personality of the Year – Large Market

  • Big Dave & Chelsie – WUBE-FM Cincinnati, OH
  • Dave O’Brien – WLHK-FM Indianapolis, IN
  • Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt & Kevin Freeman – WFMS-FM Indianapolis, IN
  • Lisa McKay- WQDR-FM Raleigh, NC
  • Randy Carroll and Jamie Martin – KAJA-FM San Antonio, TX

On-Air Personality of the Year – Medium Market

  • Andy Ritchie, Alison West, Jimmy Holt – WIVK-FM Knoxville, TN
  • Dan Brennan & Shelby Mitchell -WKSJ-FM Mobile, AL
  • Kevin Richards – WGNA-FM Schenectady, NY
  • Scott Wynn & Sue Wilson – WQMX-FM Akron, OH
  • Steve Lundy and Gina Melton – KXKT-FM Omaha, NE

On-Air Personality of the Year – Small Market

  • Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry – KKNU-FM Eugene, OR
  • Brian Gary, Todd Harding, and Susan Moore – KUAD-FM Windsor, CO
  • Dex and Mo – WUSY- FM Chattanooga, TN
  • Mark Ericson, Karen Kiley – WOKQ-FM/WPKQ-FM Portsmouth, NH
  • Scotty Cox, Cara Denis – KCLR-FM Columbia, MO

Radio Station of the Year – Major Market

  • KUPL-FM – Portland, OR
  • WIL-FM – St. Louis, MO
  • WKLB-FM – Boston, MA
  • WSOC-FM – Charlotte, NC
  • WXTU FM – Philadelphia, PA

Radio Station of the Year – Large Market

  • WCTK-FM – Providence, RI
  • WFMS – FM – Indianapolis, IN
  • WLHK-FM – Indianapolis, IN
  • WMIL-FM – Greenfield, WI
  • WQDR-FM – Raleigh, NC

Radio Station of the Year – Medium Market

  • KXKT-FM – Omaha, NE
  • WBBS-FM – Syracuse, NY
  • WCYQ FM – Knoxville, TN
  • WDXB-FM – Birmingham, AL
  • WKMK FM – Neptune, NJ

Radio Station of the Year – Small Market

  • KSJJ-FM – Bend, OR
  • WGSQ-FM – Cookeville, TN
  • WUSY-FM – Chattanooga, TN
  • WXFL-FM – Florence, AL
  • WYCT-FM – Pensacola, FL

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Awards counts for artists reflect categories in which they have been recognized as individuals or as part of their duo or group. In some cases, an artist may receive more than one nomination which factors into their official count. For example, Tim McGraw received two nominations in the Album of the Year category—one each as artist and producer—because that category recognizes both.

Award recipients in each category are noted above parenthetically in the Album of the Year, Single Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Video of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year.