By Matt Wickstrom
Kentuckian Chris Stapleton leads nominees at the 53rd Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards with eight nominations in five categories: Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (From A Room: Volume 1 as both artist and producer), Single Record of the Year (“Broken Halos” as both artist and producer) and Song of The Year (“Whiskey and You” as both artist and songwriter).
The nominations continue a triumphant 2018 for Stapleton, who recently won Best Country Album (From A Room: Volume 1), Best Country Song (“Broken Halos”) and Best Country Solo Performance (“Either Way”) at the 60th Grammy Awards.
In recent months Stapleton has announced an extension of his All American Road Show Tour into 2018, which includes an October stop at Rupp Arena, along with a July stop in Louisville for Forecastle Festival.
Taylor Mill’s Carly Pearce, nominated for New Female Vocalist of the Year, joined Stapleton as Kentuckians up for honors at the ACM’s. Pearce recently performed in Lexington in September on the final night of Red, White and Boom at Whitaker Bank Ball Park.
The 53rd ACM Awards will be held on April 15 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on CBS.