Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicReaction from this year’s ACM Awards nominees began very quickly after the finalists were announced via Instagram Friday morning. Here’s a roundup of some of the stars had to say:
Garth Brooks — “Thanks @ACMAwards for the Entertainer Of The Year nomination! This tour is the best EVER!! love, g #ACMawards50.”
Kenny Chesney — “With two hooks, three rhythm scans and some of the most ingenious wordplay I’ve ever experienced, ‘American Kids’ is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. I knew it celebrates those people who lived life wide-open, colored outside the lines, thought more about life than they get credit for and have fun doing it.”
Miranda Lambert — “When I looked at the list of ACM nominations this morning the first thing that came to my mind was people. People that believe in dreams and in art. People that play our songs on the radio and that work hard every day to help artists get the music they love to the fans. People who come to the shows and buy the records and sing at the top of their lungs. People that are willing to leave home for weeks on end so we can get onstage and sing our songs. I’m so thankful to be part of something made up of GOOD people. Thank you all for this amazing life.”
Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus — “So honored and grateful to be nominated!! Thanks to the Academy, and all our Flattheads everywhere!! #acmawards”
The Band Perry — “We had just landed back in Tennessee early this morning when we found out about our nomination. The recognition by the Academy of Country Music never fails to surprise us and we are grateful to the ACM, our musical peers and most of all to our fans in country music.”
Maddie & Tae‘s Tae Dye — “We have watched these shows since we were little, and the idea of being in there with Brooks & Dunn and The Judds, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Sugarland…even before Florida Georgia Line...there are so many great duos, and we’re up there with them. It’s crazy.”
Kacey Musgraves — “The sun is shinin’ & I got some ACM love. Thank you!! So happy for my nominated buddies, too. Congrats, y’all! ..now off to the string sesh for the record..”
Brandy Clark — “I’m so honored by the ACM nominations this morning! Song of the Year for [writing] “Follow Your Arrow” and a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year! How cool! Congrats to all the other nominees!”
Brothers Osborne — “Just found out we were nominated for a freaking ACM Award today! Kinda freaking out a little. #ACMnominations.”
The ACM trophies will be handed out April 19 on CBS, live from AT&T Stadium in North Texas.
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