(CBS News) — On Thursday, Mar. 1, multimedia superstar and 16-time ACM Award® winner Reba McEntire went on CBS This Morning to announce the first crop of nominees for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards™, which airs live on Sunday, Apr. 15 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Plus, the “Fancy” crooner revealed she will be taking over emcee duties this year as host of the 53rd ACM Awards, which marks the country icon’s 15th time hosting Country Music’s Party Of The Year®. Then, nominees in more key 2018 ACM categories were announced by Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell.

READ: Reba McEntire To Host 53rd Academy Of Country Music Awards On Apr. 15

In summary, Chris Stapleton leads the pack with eight nominations, Thomas Rhett follows with six, and Keith Urban and songwriter Shane McAnally are each up for awards in five different ACM categories.

Also worth noting is that Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris are each nominated for four awards, while Sam Hunt, Little Big Town and Midland are in the running for three nominations each. Finally, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill receive their first ACM nomination as Vocal Duo Of The Year.

Check out the entire list of country artists up for a hat trophy at this year’s ceremony!

Entertainer Of The Year
Jason Aldean
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist Of The Year 
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist Of The Year
Jason Aldean
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban
Chris Young

Vocal Duo Of The Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
LOCASH
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Vocal Group Of The Year
Lady Antebellum
LANCO
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion

New Female Vocalist Of The Year
Lauren Alaina
Danielle Bradbery
Carly Pearce
RaeLynn

New Male Vocalist Of The Year
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Devin Dawson
Russell Dickerson
Brett Young

New Vocal Duo Or Group Of The Year
High Valley
LANCO
LOCASH
Midland
Runaway June

Album Of The Year
Breaker – Little Big Town (Producer: Jay Joyce / Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville)
California Sunrise – Jon Pardi (Producers: Bart Butler, Jon Pardi / Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville)
From A Room: Vol. 1 – Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton / Record Label: Mercury Records)
Happy Endings – Old Dominion (Producer: Shane McAnally / Record Label: RCA)
Life Changes – Thomas Rhett (Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett / Record Label: The Valory Music Co.)

Single Record Of The Year
“Better Man” – Little Big Town (Producer: Jay Joyce / Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville)
“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt (Producer: Zach Crowell / Record Label: MCA Nashville)
“Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton / Record Label: Mercury Records)
“Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland (Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne / Record Label: Big Machine Records)
“I’ll Name The Dogs” – Blake Shelton (Producer: Scott Hendricks / Record Label: Warner Bros.)

Song Of The Year
“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt
Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Publishers: Universal Music Corp. / Sam Hunt Publishing, Highly Combustible Music / I Love Pizza Music, / Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing / Who Wants to Buy My Publishing / Atlas Music Publishing, Anderson Fork In The Road Music / Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC, Smack Hits

“Female” – Keith Urban
Songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally
Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc. / Rezolant Music/Plain Jane Songs, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / A Girl Named Charlie (BMI), Smack Hits / Smack Songs LLC (GMR)

“Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall
Publishers: Sony / ATV Tree Publishing / Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Beat Up Ford Publishing (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI) / SWMBMGBMI / Lonesome Vinyl Music

“Whiskey And You” – Chris Stapleton
Songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton
Publishers: WB Music Corp. / New Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / New Sea Gayle Music (BMI)

Video Of The Year
“Black” – Dierks Bentley
Director: Wes Edwards
Producer: Max A. Butler

“It Ain’t My Fault” – Brothers Osborne
Director: Wes Edwards, Ryan Silver
Producer: Tiffany Davies

“Legends” – Kelsea Ballerini
Director: Jeff Venable
Producer: Ben Skipworth

“Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
Director: TK McKAMY
Producer: Dan Atchison

“We Should Be Friends” – Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Producer: April Dace

Songwriter Of The Year
Rhett Akins
Ashley Gorley
Hillary Lindsey
Shane McAnally
Josh Osborne

Vocal Event Of The Year
“Craving You” – Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris (Producers: Julian Bunetta, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett / Record Label: The Valory Music Co.)
“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill (Producers: Brad Hill, Maren Morris / Record Label: Columbia Nashville)
“Funny (How Time Slips Away)” – Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson (Producer: Carl Jackson / Record Label: Universal Music Enterprises)
“The Fighter” – Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood (Producers: Busbee, Keith Urban / Record Label: Capitol Nashville)
“What Ifs” – Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina (Producer: Dann Huff / Record Label: RCA Nashville)

Watch the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards when they air live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, Apr. 15 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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