POLL: Who Should Win Album of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards?
Album of the Year is a top prize at the ACM Awards, and there are five deserving artists nominated for the honor in 2017. Four are tried-and-true fixtures in country music, but there's one whose debut studio album made it onto this list.
Released by Capitol Nashville at the end of May, Dierks Bentley's Black debuted at No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard 200, giving the artist his highest-charting album on that chart, and the biggest sales week of his career. The disc also hit No. 1 on the Billboard country charts. Thus far, Bentley has released three singles from the certified-gold album: "Somewhere on a Beach," "Different for Girls" and "Black." Black features Maren Morris, Elle King and Trombone Shorty as special guests.
Dig Your Roots is the third studio record from Florida Georgia Line. It dropped at the end of August amid much buzz, as their lead single, "H.O.L.Y.," was hugely successful, topping the Hot Country Songs chart for 18 weeks straight and hitting No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart. With the disc, FGL stray just slightly from their signature "bro-country" sound, showing more depth and maturity. The record's singles so far include aforementioned "H.O.L.Y.," as well as "May We All," featuring Tim McGraw, and "God, Your Mama and Me" with the Backstreet Boys.
To be nominated for the Grammy Awards when you're a newcomer on the scene is a big deal. To win one when you're a newcomer, well ... that's Maren Morris. Her debut track, "My Church," from her debut album, Hero, nabbed Best Country Solo Performance at the 2017 Grammys, and she was nominated for three other categories. Hero's other singles include "'80s Mercedes" and, recently, "I Could Use a Love Song."
Ripcord became Keith Urban's fifth No. 1 album on the country charts and debuted at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200. Urban's recent singles "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16," "Break on Me," "Wasted Time," "Blue Ain't Your Color" and "The Fighter" all hail from this record. In 2017, Urban earned the most nods out of any artist at the ACM Awards; he has seven of them.
Miranda Lambert won the ACM Awards' Album of the Year category with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Revolution, Four the Record and Platinum, and now her newest project, The Weight of These Wings, is among the nominees. "Vice," "We Should Be Friends," "Highway Vagabond," "Covered Wagon" and "Keeper of the Flame" are all fan-favorite songs from this 24-track double-disc album. Country talents Ashley Monroe, Jack Ingram, Gwen Sebastian, Shane McAnally, Lucie Silvas and Lambert’s boyfriend Anderson East helped co-write some of The Weight of These Wings' tracks.
Who should win Album of the Year at the 2017 ACM Awards? Vote for your pick in the poll below as often as once an hour until 11:59PM ET on March 30. We’ll compile the results for our readers vs. staff predictions prior to this year’s ACMs.
The 2017 ACM Awards are 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 Bentley will return as co-hosts.
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