Special Edition: 2019 ACM Awards PREVIEW with Katy's Notes from Nashville!

    Katy Rogers  Saturday, March 23rd, 2019   3:14pm  

    The party celebrating country music really starts a few days before the 2019 ACM Awards in Las Vegas. The 7th Annual ACM Party for a Cause takes place April 5-7 and consists of fan events and private parties leading up to Country Music's Party of the Year. Each event will feature performances by country music's biggest names and hottest new talent. The South Sound's own Adam Craig is set to participate in the ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off hosted by Darius Rucker and Scotty McCreery.  And Tracy Lawrence from Honky Tonkin' with Tracy Lawrence is scheduled to perform a set at the ACM Decades show. Other artists set to participate in the festivities include Midland, LOCASH, Hillary Scott, Cole Swindell and more. Proceeds from all events benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, which works to lift lives through the power of music. Visit http://www.PartyForaCause.com.

    FYI - The list grows every day as to who will perform at the 54th Annual ACM Awards. Country stars slated to take the stage are Brooks & Dunn, Kane Brown, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton and many more fan favorites!

    NOTE - Three-time reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean will receive the 2019 ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award.

    ACM AWARDS FLASHBACK to 1979 - When Loretta Lynn was named Artist of the Decade. The country music legend has 13 ACM Awards to her name and a total of 46 ACM Awards nominations! (Photo: Academy of Country Music)

     Here is a listing of my TOP FIVE nominee picks in these popular categories for the 2019 ACM Awards. For a complete listing of all of the categories and nominees, please visit http://www.acmcountry.com.

    Song of the Year

    "Broken Halos" - Chris Stapleton, "Tequila" - Dan+Shay, "Break Up in the End" - "Space Cowboy" - Kacey Musgraves - "Yours" - Russell Dickerson, "Meant to Be" - Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

    Entertainer of the Year

    Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean

    Male Artist of the Year

    Luke Combs, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban

    Female Artist of the Year

    Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood

    Music Event of the Year

    "Drowns the Whiskey" - Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert, "Burning Man" - Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne, "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" - David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney, "Keeping Score" - Dan+Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson, "Meant to Be" - Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

    LAST NOTE - A round of applause to my hometown Nashville 2019 ACM Awards nominees: Venue of the Year (Small Capacity) - The Ryman Auditorium and Venue of the Year (Large Capacity) - Bridgestone Arena.