Take a closer look at the ACM
nominees for Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, George Strait and Luke Bryan. A panel of music experts weighed in on each nominee
to tell you the stories behind their pop culture impact.
23 year-old Taylor Swift is a seven-time GRAMMY winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. She is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album (2012’s RED and 2010’s Speak Now) hit the 1 million first-week sales figure.
Blake was the Male Vocalist of the Year winner in 2012, and he and Miranda garnered Song of the Year honors for co-writing the platinum-selling chart-topper, "Over You" in 2013. He has earned a host of other awards and nominations, including multiple Grammy nominations, six gold and platinum albums.
Four time and reigning ACM Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert nabbed seven ACM Awards nominations
. Her nominations include Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Single, Song and Video of the Year
for her chart topping, platinum selling “Mama’s Broken Heart.” She’s up for two awards in the Vocal Event of the Year
category which includes the # 1 duet with Keith Urban, “We Were Us,” and for her collaborative vocals on the smash hit song, “Boys ‘Round Here.”
With a career that spans three decades, Strait has racked up the most #1 singles of any artist in history including Elvis (57 to date inclusive of all charts). In addition to his nearly 69 million records sold, his 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums account for the most RIAA platinum certifications in country music and is 3rd in all genres behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
Luke’s recent Academy of Country Music Award wins for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Event (“Only Way I Know”) with Eric Church and Jason Aldean, along with his first-time ACM hosting duty with Blake Shelton, are just a few of the career highlights Luke has enjoyed lately. Luke has placed a total of six career singles at #1 and was named the #1 Artist of 2012 and #1 Male Artist of 2012 by Country Aircheck. Billboard named tailgates & tanlines the #2 Country Album and the #3 Country Artist Album of 2012 and claimed Luke as the #3 Top Country Artist of the Year. Also in 2012, Luke took home 11 music awards, including a record nine wins at the American Country Awards as well as his first American Music Award.