Reba McEntire will once again return as host and executive producer in April after hosting the show last year

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February 20, 2019 10:45 AM

The Academy of Country Music announced this year’s nominees Wednesday morning — and a mix of recent Grammy winners and nominees are leading the pack.

Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay garnered six nominations apiece, with the duo’s Dan Smyers picking up an additional four as a producer and writer. Grammy darling Kacey Musgraves, who swept all four of her categories at the ceremony earlier this month, is nominated five times at the ACM Awards.

Kacey Musgraves; Dan + Shay; Chris Stapleton
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Fresh off their No. 1 hit collaboration “Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne racked up four and three nominations, respectively.

Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha also received four nominations, most for their cross-format hit “Meant to Be.”

The Academy of Country Music also announced that this year will mark the return of the ACM Artist of the Decade Honor, to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Reba McEntire announced the nominees for the main categories live on CBS This Morning, with others being revealed on ETOnline.com.

The legendary country singer, 63, will once again return as host and executive producer in April after hosting the show last year.

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This year marks McEntire’s 16th time hosting the ceremony in total, and the few years she took off between 2013 and 2017 saw stars like Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley fill her shoes. Over the years, McEntire has hosted on her own and with co-hosts including Shelton, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Hank Williams Jr., among others.

“I guess they finally figured out it only takes one woman to do the job of two men,” McEntire shared to her Twitter on Sunday, along with a promo announcing her hosting gig.

The ACM Awards will air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. See a full list of nominations below.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
• Jason Aldean
• Luke Bryan
• Kenny Chesney
• Chris Stapleton
• Keith Urban

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• Miranda Lambert
• Ashley McBryde
• Maren Morris
• Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• Dierks Bentley
• Luke Combs
• Thomas Rhett
• Chris Stapleton
• Keith Urban

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

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 OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
• High Valley
• LANCO
• Runaway June

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
• Dan + Shay – Dan + Shay
• Desperate Man – Eric Church
• From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris Stapleton
• Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
• The Mountain – Dierks Bentley

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
• Down to the Honky Tonk – Jake Owen
• Heaven – Kane Brown
• Meant To Be – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
• Most People Are Good – Luke Bryan
• Tequila – Dan + Shay

SONG OF THE YEAR
• Break Up In The End – Cole Swindell
• Broken Halos – Chris Stapleton
• Meant To Be – Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line
• Space Cowboy – Kacey Musgraves
• Tequila – Dan + Shay
• Yours – Russell Dickerson

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
• Babe – Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift
• Burn Out – Midland
• Burning Man – Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne
• Drunk Girl – Chris Janson
• Shoot Me Straight – Brothers Osborne
• Tequila – Dan + Shay

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
• Ross Copperman
• Ashley Gorley
• Shane McAnally
• Chase McGill
• Josh Osborne

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR
• Burning Man – Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne
• Drowns the Whiskey – Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert
• Everything’s Gonna Be Alright – David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney
• Keeping Score – Dan + Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson
• Meant To Be – Bebe Rexha Featuring Florida Georgia Line

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