Country Stars React to ACM Nominations

Published On February 17, 2017 | By Cheryl Johnstone | Country Music News

Lauren Alaina was stunned and thrilled when news of her very first ACM Awards nomination reached her. The singer was traveling at the time she learned she is up for New Female Vocalist of the Year.

“I honestly cannot believe I am nominated for New Female Vocalist. I don’t even know what to say. I’ve been waiting I guess five years for a nomination at the ACMs and I am so excited and so thankful and so humbled by the industry voting for me to get into this category. It means so much to me, and I found out in the Detroit airport while I was eating breakfast and I was really keeping it together until I Facetimed my dad to tell him and then I lost it and have cried for the last 10 minutes and then have gotten it together enough to talk about it again.”

Jon Pardi was asleep when he was awakened by dozens of texts and phone calls from people congratulating him on his ACM Awards nod for New Male Vocalist. This is Pardi’s first time to be nominated, and he says it’s very validating.

“Getting nominated is amazing. It’s a great feeling and I stuck to being myself and who I wanted to be and not change and to be recognized for that is awesome. It’s a great feeling. I’ve been to the ACMs about five times. I’m really looking forward to this one. It’s always a good time, and it’s just gonna be a good party. It always is.”

Here are some other stars responses to Thursday’s nominations:

Keith Urban (Entertainer, Male, Album, Single – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”):

“I’ve been a musician since I was 6 years old. I just love writing songs, making records and touring, so for the ACMS’s to recognize RIPCORD in such a big way today is humbling. I share these nominations with everyone in my life who made it possible – and a BIG shout out to all of our fans, who came out to see us on the ripCORD tour. Can’t wait to play for you all again soon.”

LoCash’s Chris Lucas and Preston Brust (New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year):

Chris Lucas – “We are just so happy country radio gave us a chance and believed in us! Without them we wouldn’t be here! And thank you to all the ACM voters for the nomination, and the opportunity to have a chance to win New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year!” (Preston Brust) “This is incredible! THANK YOU country radio, ACMs and every voter for your heart in this journey. We have dreamt of this day for so many minutes and so many miles.”

Chris Janson (New Male Vocalist):

“I couldn’t be more thrilled. I love my life, love my job and love being recognized. I am so grateful. Unexpected blessings are the best.”

Chris Lane (New Male Vocalist):

“I’m super excited and in shock over my first ACM nomination. It is such an honor to be nominated by my peers and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone in Vegas!”

Jason Aldean (Entertainer, Male Vocalist):

Maren Morris (Female, New Female, Album, Single “My Church”):

Florida Georgia Line (Entertainer, Vocal Duo, Album, Single, Vocal Event):

Thomas Rhett (Male, Song):



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