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<br /> <br /> T H E K I N G O F<br /> COUNTRY<br /> AND<br /> THE KING OF<br /> HATS<br /> The Perfect Duo<br /> Since 1985<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> TABLE<br /> OF<br /> CONTENTS<br /> 6<br /> 12 Message from the Chairman<br /> 14 Message from the President<br /> 16 Message from the CEO<br /> 18 Message from the Chairman<br /> of ACM Lifting Lives<br /> 20 Message from Jerry Jones<br /> 22 Message from the Texas Governor<br /> 24 Message from the Arlington Mayor<br /> 26 Message from the Producers<br /> of the ACM Awards<br /> 30 Meet Our Hosts<br /> 32 History<br /> 38 Nominees Ballot<br /> 40 Entertainer of the Year Nominees<br /> 94<br /> 96<br /> 100<br /> 102<br /> 106<br /> 110<br /> 112<br /> 114<br /> 118<br /> 120<br /> 121<br /> 122<br /> 50 Nominees<br /> 80 Nominees: Album of the Year<br /> 82 Nominees: Single Record of the Year<br /> 84 Nominees: Song of the Year<br /> 86 Nominees: Video o<a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=1"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=2"> T H E K I N G O F COUNTRY AND THE KING OF HA</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=3"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=4"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 5" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=5"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 6" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=6"> TABLE OF CONTENTS 6 12 Message from the Chairma</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 7" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=7"> 7</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 8" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=8"> BELTS • BU C K L ES • BAGS </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 9" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=9"> EST.1984 SANTAFE Photos: Kimberly Nesselhauf To</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 10" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=10"> PITBULL SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 . 9 PM $75 general $</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 11" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=11"> FRANKIE WINSTAR WORLD CASINO PRESENTS VALLI& T</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 12" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=12"> W </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 13" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=13"> L1300-1 Klak Boot Life’s better wearing Old Grin</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 14" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=14"> W </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 15" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=15"> We join in celebrating the on 50 years of</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 16" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=16"> 16 A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO of the Academy of Cou</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 17" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=17"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 18" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=18"> 18 A MESSAGE FROM THE Chairman of ACM Lifting L</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 19" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=19"> “Reno is home to the nation's biggest and most </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 20" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=20"> A MESSAGE FROM JERRY JONES O </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 21" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=21"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 22" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=22"> A MESSAGE FROM Texas Governor Greg Abbott W </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 23" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=23"> Thank you to Bob Romeo and the Ac</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 24" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=24"> A MESSAGE FROM Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck A</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 25" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=25"> Marine Diver Self-winding movement. Water-resist</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 26" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=26"> Allen Sh Michae R. A. C</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 27" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=27"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 28" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=28"> “Jupiter” Using only Conflict-free Diamonds</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 29" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=29"> “Solar Flare” Designed and Created in the T</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 30" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=30"> OUR HOSTS Blake Shelton & Luke Bryan A </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 31" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=31"> WE CAN ONLY HOPE TO LOOK THIS GOOD AT 50 </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 32" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=32"> HISTORY ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC 32 “IMPROVING </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 33" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=33"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 34" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=34"> 34 held by a major organization, propelling coun</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 35" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=35"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 36" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=36"> CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Alabama 1980s; Reba McEn</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 37" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=37"> WE'RE HONORED AT RIVERWIND CASINO, OUR GOAL I</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 38" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=38"> ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Jason Aldean Garth Brooks</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 39" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=39"> “THE SOUTH” The Cadillac Three Featuring Florida </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 40" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=40"> Entertainer of the Year Nominee </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 41" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=41"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 42" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=42"> Entertainer of the Year Nominee </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 43" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=43"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 44" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=44"> Entertainer of the Year Nominee </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 45" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=45"> T o n i g h T, i f T h e b o o T f i T s , </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 46" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=46"> Entertainer of the Year Nominee </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 47" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=47"> RESTAURAN T RECORDING STUDIOS 1200 ALTA LOM</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 48" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=48"> Entertainer of the Year Nominee </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 49" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=49"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 50" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=50"> NOMINEES 50 The Band Perry THE BAND PERRY STAKE</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 51" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=51"> PROUD NOMINEE VENUE OF THE YEAR, MEDIUM CAPACITY </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 52" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=52"> NOMINEES 52 Lee Brice LEE BRICE BUILT HIS MUSIC</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 53" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=53"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 54" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=54"> NOMINEES 54 The Cadillac Three THE CADILLAC THR</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 55" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=55"> RESERVE YOUR SADDLE: (505) 286-4585 | WWW.GREAT-A</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 56" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=56"> NOMINEES 56 Kenny Chesney KENNY CHESNEY HAS BEE</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 57" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=57"> BEDELL EARTHSONG Inspired by the beauty and wond</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 58" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=58"> NOMINEES 58 Brandy Clark BRANDY CLARK OPENED A </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 59" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=59"> SALE PENDING THREE PEAKS RANCH Hig</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 60" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=60"> NOMINEES 60 Mike Eli MIKE ELI IS LEAD VOCALIST </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 61" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=61"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 62" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=62"> NOMINEES 62 Sam Hunt SAM HUNT GATHERED HIS COUN</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 63" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=63"> Honored To Be Nominated For “Venue of the Year - </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 64" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=64"> NOMINEES 64 Little Big Town LITTLE BIG TOWN INT</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 65" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=65"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 66" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=66"> NOMINEES 66 Martina McBride MARTINA MCBRIDE INV</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 67" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=67"> Jeremy Lipking </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 68" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=68"> NOMINEES 68 Ashley Monroe ASHLEY MONROE ADDS A </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 69" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=69"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 70" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=70"> NOMINEES 70 Brad Paisley BRAD PAISLEY HAS CHAR</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 71" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=71"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 72" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=72"> NOMINEES 72 Thomas Rhett THOMAS RHETT CONNECTED</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 73" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=73"> A TEXAS LEGEND WWeesstteerrnn SSttoorree FOR</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 74" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=74"> NOMINEES 74 Cole Swindell COLE SWINDELL SET THE</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 75" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=75"> Congratulations To All the ACM Award Winners </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 76" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=76"> NOMINEES 76 Carrie Underwood CARRIE UNDERWOOD C</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 77" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=77"> World’s First Interchangeable Bound Edge Acce</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 78" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=78"> NOMINEES Zac Brown Band ZAC BROWN BAND JUMPED RI</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 79" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=79"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 80" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=80"> NOMINEES 80 Album OF THE Year </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 81" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=81"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 82" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=82"> NOMINEES 82 Single Record </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 83" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=83"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 84" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=84"> NOMINEES 84 Song OF THE Year “Ameri</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 85" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=85"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 86" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=86"> NOMINEES 86 Video OF THE Year “Am</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 87" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=87"> Keeping America's most famous instruments in tune</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 88" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=88"> NOMINEES 88 Vocal Event </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 89" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=89"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 90" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=90"> RADIO AWARDS Radio Station OFTHEYear MAJOR M</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 91" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=91"> a magic wand that delivers flirty, fabulous lashes</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 92" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=92"> OFF CAMERA AWARDS Industry Awards </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 93" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=93"> Thank you TO ALL THE AMAZING ARTISTS, HOSTS </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 94" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=94"> CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Alabama ALABAMA RECEI</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 95" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=95"> MAE BOREN AXTON AWARD Barry Adelman BARRY ADELM</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 96" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=96"> SPECIAL AWARDS 50TH MILESTONE ANNIVERSARY AWARDS</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 97" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=97"> ACM WINNER OVER FOUR DECADES George Strait GEOR</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 98" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=98"> MOST AWARDED ACM FEMALE VOCALIST Reba McEntire </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 99" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=99"> You know music. We know mattresses. Congratul</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 100" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=100"> NEED COPY HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF GREAT</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 101" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=101"> Explore Your World Request more i</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 102" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=102"> ACM AWARDS DEEP IN THE HEART OF</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 103" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=103"> Country Club in Dallas. Rucker was joined by Lady</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 104" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=104"> THANK YOU ALL FOR A GREAT RIDE AND FOR LIF</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 105" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=105"> TAKE HOME ALL THE EXCITEMENT FROM T</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 106" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=106"> BOARD OF ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC DIRECTORS </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 107" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=107"> MEDIA/ PUBLIC RELATIONS Ebie McFarland Essential </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 108" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=108"> BOARD OF ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC DIRECTORS </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 109" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=109"> 50 TWO WAYS TO CELEBRATE YEARS OF THE ACM AWARDS</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 110" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=110"> STAFF Nick Sammons Videographer- Editor/Creative </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 111" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=111"> THANK YOU Jerry Jones an</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 112" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=112"> BOARD OF LIFTING LIVES DIRECTORS OFFICERS CHA</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 113" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=113"> PRESENTED BY </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 114" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=114"> WINNERS Note: Winners are honored for work done i</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 115" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=115"> NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR 1989 Kentucky </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 116" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=116"> SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR (currently awarded to A</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 117" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=117"> 1996 “Blue” LeAnn Rimes; Songwriter Bill Mack; </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 118" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=118"> ACM PROGRAM BOOK EDITOR Lisa Lee ASSISTANT EDITOR</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 119" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=119"> Dennis Green Donny Walker Johanna Shandalow JR Sc</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 120" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=120"> CORPORATE PARTNERS 120</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 121" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=121"> DALLAS COWBOYS & AT&T STADIUM Brett Arendt </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 122" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=122"> PRODUCTION CREDITS EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Allen Sha</a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 123" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=123"> </a> <a title="ACM Awards 2015 Program Book page 124" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/c5f5e2b8?page=124"> PROVEN PERFORMER. Prevost is the enterta</a>