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Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton Lead 2021 ACM Awards Nominations

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With six nominations each, Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton are the leading nominees for this year's ACM Awards.

Reigning Female Artist of the Year, Morris' "The Bones" was nominated for Song of the Year, Single of the Year, and songwriter of the year.
Morris is also a nominee for Female Artist of the Year, and for Music Video of the Year. She was also nominated for Group of the Year award alongside The Highwomen.

Stapleton was nominated for Entertainer of the Year and Male Artist of the Year. He also receives a nod for Song of the Year as both songwriter and artist, and for Album of the Year as artist and producer.

Miranda Lambert received four nominations for "Bluebird." In addition, Lambert receives her 15th nomination for Female Artist of the Year, a category she's won nine times.

For the first time in ACM Awards history, four Black artists are nominated for awards in a single year: Jimmie Allen, Kane Brown, Mickey Guyton and John Legend.

Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Luke Combs were nominated for entertainer of the year, leaving female artists out of the top prize.

Producer Jay Joyce, Ashley McBryde and Thomas Rhett received four nominations each.

The 2021 Academy of Country Music Awards show, honoring the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry, is set to air on CBS from Nashville, Tennessee, on April 18.

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