ACM: Vocal Group Of The Year: This award is presented to an outstanding group featuring at least one vocalist in the country music industry during the prior calendar year of November 27, 2014 to November 25, 2015. The factors to be considered include, but are not limited to, success at radio, sales of pre- recorded music, success in digital media, live concert ticket sales and vocal performances.
Eli Young Band– 2011 ACM winners for Song Of The Year, Eli Young Band is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year. It is their 4th time being nominated for the honor. Mike Eli said
“We have some really cool new music coming, and this nomination is a great way to get started talking about what we have coming around the corner. We’re grateful for the nomination and can’t wait to share the new music with our fans. Vegas here we come!”
Their song “Turn It On” was the most added song to radio on march 9, 2015. They also released a duet with Andy Grammar “Honey, I’m Good.” The band has just finished recording their new album.
Little Big Town – It’s no Doubt, LBT is on fire, winning a GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance “Girl Crush” which was released Dec 15, 2014 and went to number 1 in May 2015. They are the reigning Vocal Group of the Year and will definitely be hard to beat with all of their latest success.
Old Dominion– First time nominees, Old Dominion is nominated for both Vocal Group and New Vocal Group. Their album Meat and Candy released in November 2015 debuted at #3 on the US country chart. Their Single “Break Up With Him” reached #1 on US Country Airplay and #3 on US Country.
“As songwriters, we started playing together so our songs would be heard and people would hopefully want to cut them. So to know that as a band we have been honored by receiving this type of recognition has us all feeling incredibly grateful and truthfully, a little speechless.”
Rascal Flatts– Arguably one of the most talented and long standing acts in Country Music and one of the most snubbed. They were the ACM Top New Vocal Group in 2000. and Top Vocal Group 2002-2005. They won again 2007-2008 and haven’t won since. This is their 11th nomination for Vocal Group of the Year. If they win, this will be their eighth trophy in this category. They are the current record holders for most wins in the Vocal Group of the Year category. Their single “I Like The Sound Of That” was released in August 2015 and made it to #9 on the US Country Airplay Charts and #15 on The Us Country Charts.
Zac Brown Band– ACM 2009 Winner for Best New Vocal Duo/Group. They have won this category in 2012. They had two #1 songs in 2015 with “Homegrown” and “Loving You Easy.” Their 3rd single “Beautiful Drug” charted at #3.