Chris Stapleton, who released two top-selling albums last year, leads the Academy of Country Music Awards with eight nominations, including his first entertainer of the year nomination.
Reba McEntire announced the nominations Thursday on “CBS This Morning” as well as her return as host for a record 15th year. The show will air April 15 from Las Vegas on CBS.
Thomas Rhett earned six nominations, Keith Urban had five nominations, and songwriter and producer Shane McAnally had five nods. Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris had four nominations each. The top category of entertainer of the year was an all-male line-up including Stapleton, Urban, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks and Luke Bryan.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Author Tom Wolfe is 88. Actress Laraine Newman is 66. Singer Jay Osmond is 63. Singer Jon Bon Jovi is 56. Actor Daniel Craig is 50. Singer Chris Martin is 41. Actress Heather McComb is 41. Actress Rebel Wilson is 38. Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is 37. Guitarist Mike “McDuck” Olson is 35. Actor Robert Iler is 33. Actress Nathalie Emmanuel is 29.