Nitty Gritty from Music City – Fri. April 5th

Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead all nominees for the 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, to be handed out Sunday (April 7) in Las Vegas. Chris and Dan + Shay each have six nominations. Reba will host the show on CBS.

… Luke Combs as New Male Artist; Ashley McBryde as New Female Artist and LANCO as New Duo or Group have already won awards.

… It’s Reba McEntire’s 16th time hosting the ACMs and the second year in a row.

The Academy of Country Music’s Party For A Cause events kick off tonight at various venues in Las Vegas. Running through Sunday, the events benefit ACM Lifting Lives.

Dan + Shay have the most country nominations for next month’s Billboard Music Awards. The guys have six nominations.

Florida Georgia Line will return to Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas later this year to headline four concerts. The shows, November 6, 8, 9 and 12, follow a five show run at the venue last December.

Reba McEntire will promote today’s release of her new album, Stronger Than The Truth, with an appearance today on CBS’ The Talk.

Miranda Lambert is ready to make a big announcement. On social media Miranda shared a short video. The brief clip show a lit up sign that reads “coming soon” in black, with the letter G in hot pink. • LINK

… Miranda will likely announce a tour today (Friday).

Garth Brooks will host a free soundcheck on April 19 at the University of Florida for students, the night before his show at the Gainesville University. Faculty and staff will be able to purchase tickets to the soundcheck with proceeds helping low income families send kids to college.

Dylan Scott is planning a second Bayou Stock Concert in his hometown of Sterling, Louisiana. This year’s event is set for September 21.

Dolly Parton’s likeness will appear on NASCAR driver Tyler Reddick’s No. 2 car when he takes to the track at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Brett Young will be a celebrity duet partner for American Idol contestants Lacey Booth and Riley Thompson on the show this Sunday night on ABC.

NEW AND OUT TODAY

Brooks & Dunn’s Reboot. The album has the duo collaborating with artists like Luke Combs, Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown and Shley McBryde on re-recordings of their biggest hits.

Reba McEntire’s Stronger Than The Truth. Reba describes the album as the most traditional -sounding of her career.