NASHVILLE, TN (April 13, 2018) – Big Machine Label Group heads into Sunday night’s 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards with already two wins in the New Artist categories. The label group is home to this year’s host and has six appearances slated for the show with 12 total nominations.
Celebrating early, Brett Young and Midland have been named New Male Vocalist of the Year and New Duo/Group of the Year; respectively, and will perform during the live broadcast April 15 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8:00P ET | 7:00P CT on the CBS Television Network. Midland is also nominated in two additional categories – Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year for “Drinkin Problem.”
Sixteen-time ACM Award-winner Reba McEntire returns as the host of this year’s event for the 15th time. Nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, the iconic entertainer continues to break barriers and add to her brand portfolio. Reba was recently named the first female and musician to portray KFC’s iconic founder Colonel Harland Sanders in the brand’s celebrity colonel campaign.
Florida Georgia Line are nominated for Duo of the Year and will perform the smash hit “Meant to Be,” their multi-week No. 1 with Bebe Rexha. With this song, FGL has three of the five longest-leading Hot Country Songs ever on the Billboard chart. They continue to prove their dominance selling out stadiums and crossing over to Pop radio with intriguing collaborations.
Reigning ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Thomas Rhett is nominated in the category this year along with five other nominations for Album of the Year for LIFE CHANGES as both artist and producer, Vocal Event of the Year for “Craving You” (featuring Maren Morris) as both artist and producer and Video of the Year for “Marry Me.” Launching his LIFE CHANGES TOUR just last week, selling out arenas across the country throughout the end of the year, he brings part of his live show to the ACM Awards stage with “Marry Me.”
Sugarland, who unveiled yesterday a forthcoming collaboration with label mate Taylor Swift, will also appear at the ACM Awards as presenters. The superstar duo will release their first album in six years on June 8.
BMLG President/CEO Scott Borchetta spoke with Forbes.com about the company’s success breaking new artists, elevating legacy acts and creating a brand beyond music. Read it here – https://www.forbes.com/sites/brittanyhodak/2018/04/13/big-machine-primed-to-make-big-splash-at-acm-awards-interview-with-ceo-scott-borchetta/#241e914731be
“Every day is an adventure and no two days are ever alike,” Borchetta told Forbes. “Now that we’ve been operating at quite a high level for over a decade, the operations of what we do and how many different things we touch takes a lot of great executives with a huge motivation to execute and succeed.”
Earlier this year, Fast Company named BMLG one of the Most Innovative Companies in the world.