April 19 is the date for this year's ACM Awards in Dallas. The nominees include the usual suspects, a few new faces, and a country superstar that has been out of the limelight for years, but has made a comeback in a major way. 

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  • Entertainer of the Year

    Entertainer of the Year nominees: Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan.

    Brian's pick: I'm picking Miranda Lambert here. It's time for a woman to win this award and there's no female artist that can really touch Miranda these days. Carrie is close, but Miranda is the Queen.

    Kurt's pick: I'm going with Garth Brooks. Has anyone in country music generated as much excitement as Garth over the last year?

  • Male Vocalist of the Year

    Male Vocalist of the Year nominees: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley.

    Brian's pick: It's too easy to pick Luke Bryan. It's almost a gimme considering his huge popularity. That said... I'm picking Luke Bryan.

    Kurt's pick: This category is very competitive. Even though he's sort of a country "outsider," I have a strange feeling that Eric Church just might take home the award.

  • Female Vocalist of the Year

    Female Vocalist of the Year nominees: Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood.

    Brian's pick: With all due respect to the other nominees, if I have Miranda as Entertainer of the Year, she has to be Female Vocalist of the Year.

    Kurt's pick: This category is becoming more and more of a two-person race, both at the ACMs and CMAs. It's either going to be Carrie Underwood or Miranda Lambert. I'm going with Miranda.

  • Vocal Group of the Year

    Vocal Group of the Year nominees: Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band

    Brian's pick: This could go a few different ways, but I'm going with the hot hand right now, which is Little Big Town.

    Kurt's pick: Really tough category. I was leaning toward Little Big Town, but I don't want to pick the same thing as Brian, so I'll go with Lady Antebellum.

  • New Artist of the Year

    New Artist of the Year nominees: Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Sam Hunt.

    Brian's pick: Cole Swindell and Sam Hunt are a little hotter right this very second, Thomas Rhett has the longest resume. I say Thomas Rhett.

    Kurt's pick: Sam Hunt is selling out shows everywhere he goes. I'll say Sam Hunt.

  • Album of the Year

    Album of the Year nominees: Old Boots, New Dirt - Jason Aldean, Pain Killer - Little Big Town, Platinum - Miranda Lambert, Riser - Dierks Bentley, The Outsiders - Eric Church.

    Brian's pick: Miranda rules the world right now and I think she'll win this one too.

    Kurt's pick: I think Miranda Lambert's got this one, though I wouldn't be surprised if Eric Church won the award. Still, I'm going with Miranda.

  • Song of the Year

    Song of the Year nominees: American Kids - Kenny Chesney, Automatic - Miranda Lambert, Drink a Beer - Luke Bryan, Follow Your Arrow - Kacey Musgraves, Give Me Back My Hometown - Eric Church, I Hold On - Dierks Bentley.

    Brian's pick: Miranda will need a new trailer to carry all her awards home.

    Kurt's pick: Eric Church.