The Academy of Country Music announced this morning that award-winning creative powerhouse, Shane McAnally, is nominated for three categories at the 2017 ACM Awards for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. The critically acclaimed songwriter, producer and newly appointed label co-president is a 12-time ACM nominee, and has earned awards in the Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year categories previously.
“It means the world to me to be recognized by the ACM’s, especially in these three categories,” said McAnally. “I will never forget the honesty in the room the day we wrote ‘Vice’. Songwriters live for days like those, and I thank Miranda for being so vulnerable and allowing Josh and I to be a part of it. Producing ‘Forever Country’ was one of the great highlights of my career, working with country music icons past and present was the culmination of all of my childhood dreams coming true. Lastly, being nominated for Songwriter of the Year, alongside my dear friends, is truly the ultimate honor.”
McAnally is nominated for Song of the Year for “Vice,” written by McAnally, Josh Osborne and Miranda Lambert, who recorded the song, and Vocal Event of the Year for “Forever Country” which he conceptualised and produced for the celebration of the CMA’s 50th anniversary, combining three iconic country anthems sung by 30 of Country Music brightest stars. He is also nominated for Songwriter of the Year, which he has been recognized for previously, taking home the award in 2013.
With 26 No.1s under his belt, McAnally was awarded his fifth CMA triple play yesterday, Feb. 15, for three No.1 songs in the last 12 months, including Brothers Osborne’s “Stay A Little Longer,” Thomas Rhett’s “T-Shirt” and Keith Urban’s “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” He most recently topped the Billboard Hot Country Chart with Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Backroad.”
Earlier this year, McAnally announced the launch of Monument Records, his co-venture with highly esteemed industry veteran, Jason Owen and Sony Music; the partnership combines the talents of two of the industry’s leading creative minds in an independent label with artists Walker Hayes and Caitlyn Smith. McAnally is currently in studio with reigning ACM New Vocal Group of the Year, Old Dominion, finishing their sophomore album.