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2017 ACM Awards Nominations: The Surprises and the Snubs [PICTURES]

The Academy of Country Music revealed the nominees for the 2017 ACM Awards on Thursday morning (Feb. 16), and, as always, the nominations list featured some pleasant surprises … and some not-so-pleasant snubs.

It’s both surprising and a snub that neither Blake Shelton nor the Zac Brown Band are anywhere to be found among this year’s ACM Awards nominees. Radio hits? Check! Loads of fans? Check! Heck, Shelton even used to co-host the ACMs! Alas, there’s no love for either act this year.

That said, it’s a good surprise to see Florida Georgia Line get some love in the Entertainer of the Year category; it’s also nice to have Kane Brown‘s name among the New Male Vocalist of the Year nominees.

Flip through the photo gallery above to read more about this year’s ACM Awards surprises and snubs. The awards ceremony is set to take place in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 2, and air live on CBS beginning at 8PM ET. For the first time ever, the show will take place at T-Mobile Arena; Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return as co-hosts.

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2017 ACM Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to TheBoot.com for the latest ACMs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

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