Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriter/Publisher/Artist)

Break Up In The End - Cole Swindell

Writers: Jessie Jo Dillon / Chase McGill / Jon Nite
Publishers: EMI April Music Inc. / Nite Writer Music (ASCAP) / Songs of Universal, Inc. / Plum Nelly (BMI) / Big Music Machine (BMI)/ Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI)

Broken Halos - Chris Stapleton

Writers: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton
Publishers: WB Music Corp./House of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights/Spirit Catalog Holdings, S.a.r.l. admin. by Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP); Straight Six Music (BMI)

Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

Writers: David Garcia, Tyler Hubbard, Joshua Miller, Bebe Rexha
Publishers: BMG Platinum Songs/Kiss Me If You Can Music (BMI) (all rights administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC) Big Loud Mountain (BMI) and T Hubb Publishing (BMI). All Rights Administered by Round Hill Works. Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. on behalf of itself and Songs of the Corn and Jack 10 Publishing. Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing (ASCAP) D Soul Music (ASCAP) (adm. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com)

Space Cowboy - Kacey Musgraves

Writers: Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
Publishers: Smack Hits/Smack Songs, admin by Kobalt Music Group ltd. (GMR); Universal Music Works/We Are Creative NBaSmack Hits/Smack Songs, LLC, admin. by Kobalt Music Group Ltd. (GMR); Universal Music Works/We Are Creative Nation/Jake and Mack Music, admin. by Universal Music Works; Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./351 Music (BMI).

Tequila - Dan + Shay

Writers: Nicolle Galyon / Jordan Reynolds / Dan Smyers
Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP), A Girl Named Charlie (BMI) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Buckeye26 (ASCAP) / Jreynmusic (ASCAP)

Yours - Russell Dickerson

Writers: Casey Brown / Russell Dickerson / Parker Welling
Publishers: BMG Platinum Songs/Kailey's Dream / So Essential Tunes / Not Just Another Song Publishing / Hillbilly Science and Research Publishing/Trailerlily Music

Songwriter of the Year

Ross Copperman
Ashley Gorley
Shane McAnally
Chase McGill
Josh Osborne

Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
LOCASH
Maddie & Tae

Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum
LANCO
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion

Male Artist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Artist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

New Female Artist of the Year

Danielle Bradbery
Lindsay Ell
Ashley McBryde
Carly Pearce

New Male Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen
Luke Combs
Jordan Davis
Michael Ray
Mitchell Tenpenny

New Duo/Group of the Year

High Valley
LANCO
Runaway June

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]

Dan + Shay - Dan + Shay
Producers: Scott Hendricks / Dan Smyers / Matt Dragstrem
Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

Desperate Man - Eric Church
Producers: Jay Joyce / Arturo Buenahora Jr.
Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

From A Room: Volume 2 - Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb / Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Nashville

Golden Hour -- Kacey Musgraves
Producers: Ian Fitchuk / Daniel Tashian / Kacey Musgraves
Record Label: MCA Nashville
The Mountain -- Dierks Bentley
Producers: Ross Copperman / Jon Randall Stewart / Arturo Buenahora Jr.
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Single of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company--Label(s)]

Down to the Honky Tonk - Jake Owen
Producer: Joey Moi
Record Label: Big Loud Records

Heaven - Kane Brown
Producer: Dann Huff / Polow Da Don
Record Label: RCA Nashville

Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
Producer: Wilshire for Rock The Soul Ent
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

Most People Are Good - Luke Bryan
Producers: Jeff Stevens / Jody Stevens
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Tequila - Dan + Shay
Producers: Scott Hendricks / Dan Smyers
Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

Video of the Year [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

Babe - Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift

Producer: Roger Hunt
Director: Anthony Mandler

Burn Out - Midland

Producer: Ben Skipworth
Director: TK McKamy / Cameron Duddy

Burning Man - Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne

Producer: Nate Eggert
Director: Wes Edwards

Drunk Girl - Chris Janson

Producer: Ben Skipworth
Director: Jeff Venable

Shoot Me Straight - Brothers Osborne

Producer: April Kimbrell
Director: Wes Edwards / Ryan Silver

Tequila - Dan + Shay

Producer: Christen Pinkston
Director: Patrick Tracy

Music Event of the Year [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]

Burning Man - Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne
Producers: Ross Copperman / Jon Randall Stewart / Arturo Buenahora Jr.
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

Drowns the Whiskey - Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert
Producer: Michael Knox
Record Labels: Macon Music, LLC; Broken Bow Records; BBR Music Group; BMG

Everything?s Gonna Be Alright - David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney
Producers: Buddy Cannon / Kenny Chesney / David Lee Murphy
Record Label: Reviver Records

Keeping Score - Dan + Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson
Producers: Scott Hendricks / Dan Smyers
Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

Meant To Be - Bebe Rexha Featuring Florida Georgia Line
Producer: Wilshire for Rock The Soul Ent
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records

SAD NEWS:  Poochie, the 18-year-old dog recently adopted by Luke Bryan and his family, has died. Bryan's wife Caroline shared the sad news on Instagram on Wednesday (Feb. 20).

The Bryans adopted Poochie from the Nashville-area animal rescue Proverbs 12:10 just a few weeks ago. According to the rescue organization, Poochie was abandoned after a member of his former family became allergic to dogs. Animal Control brought him to Proverbs 12:10, and the organization had assumed that he would stay with them until he died, because finding senior dogs new homes is a difficult prospect.

However, after the Bryan and his family saw Poochie in social media photos, they applied to adopt him on February 9th and officially made him a part of their family shortly thereafter.

Caroline Bryan writes, "My kids especially loved to hear him snore when he slept. Thank you @proverbs1210animalrescue for giving our family the opportunity to love this sweet dog ... Poochie loved you all."

Fred Foster, the producer behind iconic country recordings by artists such as Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and many others, has died. According to a statement, Foster died peacefully on Wednesday evening (Feb. 20) after suffering a short illness. He was 87 years old.

Among his many accolades as a producer are Kristofferson's debut album, as well as the 1960s projects that netted Roy Orbison his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Foster's last work was Dawn Landes' 2018 album, "Meet Me at the River".

During his life, Foster was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He was also the recipient of a Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award.

A memorial service is being planned for March 2019.  

Charley Pride will be the subject of a new documentary, "American Masters—Charley Pride: I’m Just Me", on PBS on February 22nd.

The film, which is narrated by Tanya Tucker, chronicles Charley’s journey to country stardom, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in Mississippi and his career as a Negro League baseball player. The film includes interviews with Charley, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Marty Stuart, Whoopi Goldberg and more.

"American Masters, Charley Pride: I’m Just Me" airs on PBS on February 22nd at 9 p.m. ET. The film will stream on pbs.org beginning on February 23rd.

Carly Pearce will be changing her last name, after marrying Michael Ray.

While Pearce won't be taking Ray's last name professionally, her team confirms that the Kentucky native will take his name in her personal life.

Michael Ray's full name is Michael Ray Roach — so that will soon make her Mrs. Carly Roach, officially.

Darius Rucker will receive the Music Business Association’s Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for his years of philanthropic support to various charities, including St. Jude Children’s Hospital and MUSC Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, S.C.

Darius will be honored at the annual Music Biz 2019 Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner on May 7 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Nashville. Since its inception in 1981, the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award has celebrated the legacy of singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, whose philanthropic work to end world hunger earned him the Congressional Gold Medal.

Previous recipients of the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award include Martina McBride, Dee Snider, Melissa Etheridge, Annie Lennox, Jackson Browne, Norman Lear, Bonnie Raitt and more.

Dixie Chicks singer Natalie Maines is being forced to pay up in her nasty divorce battle after her ex claimed he’s going broke.

Court records obtained by RadarOnline showed that Maines was sanctioned by a judge on Tuesday, February 19th in her ongoing divorce case. The singer was ordered to pay Adrian Pasdar $2,500 within 15 days.
 
Pasdar previously claimed he was going broke and couldn’t afford to pay his legal fees. He accused Maines of “playing games” and acting “aggressive”.

According to court documents, Maines initially filed a request for Pasdar to produce documents proving his claims. The judge denied her request on Tuesday and instead granted the bitter husband sanctions against the singer.

Reba McEntire will reveal the 54th ACM Awards nominees for Entertainer, Female Artist, Male Artist, Duo and Group Year during the 8:30am ET hour on "CBS This Morning". She'll also appear on Facebook Live during the 8am ET hour to announce Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year. The live video will be available on her page, ACM's page and "CBS This Morning"’s page.

Nominees for New Male Artist, New Female Artist, New Duo/Group, Album, Single, Video and Music Event will be announced on ETOnline.com at 8:50am ET, while ACM Industry Awards and Studio Recording Awards will be available across the ACM's social media channels at 8:55am ET. 

The full list will be posted immediately following the ET announcements on ACMcountry.com at 9:10am ET. The awards air live April 7 from Las Vegas on CBS.

Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay and Ian Fitchuk led the Academy of Country Music nominations with six apiece.

Kacey Musgraves scored five nominations, while Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Bebe Rexha and Brothers Osborne had four apiece.

The 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire will be held in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7th at 8 p.m. eastern/Pacific on CBS.

This year will mark the return of the ACM Artist of the Decade Honor, which will be announced in the coming weeks. Only five other honorees have received this award, including Marty Robbins in 1969, Loretta Lynn in 1979, Alabama in 1988, Garth Brooks in 1998 and George Strait in 2009.

Colt Ford recently won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Million Dollar Hole-in-One for Charity golf event for a second time, meaning he snagged a cool $100,000 for his chosen charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Ford is a former golf tour professional. The event took place at the legendary Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California.

Besides winning individually, Ford was a part of the four-man Team (Clint) Eastwood for the 5th Annual Clint Eastwood-Bill Murray Cup 3M Celebrity Challenge. Ford won another $1,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital when Team Eastwood secured the coveted cup, earning $100,000 for player charities of choice and $1,000 for all other charities represented.