The ballot has been set for the 2021 Arkansas Country Music Awards. Across 26 categories, approximately 130 individuals and groups have been nominated for this year’s top award in Arkansas’ country music scene.
For the top prize, Entertainer of the Year, five individuals have been nominated. These include David Adam Byrnes, Erin Enderlin, Jabe Burgess, Lance Carpenter and Maybe April. Last year’s winner was multi-Arkansas Country Music Award winner Bonnie Montgomery.
Byrnes and Burgess, along with Grace Stormont, lead the pack with the greatest number of Arkansas Country Music Award nominations. The three performers have five nominations each.
Byrnes is nominated for Country Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Neon Town, and Video of the Year for “Old School,” in addition to Entertainer of the Year. Burgess is nominated for Country Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist Artist of the Year, Video of the Year for “Everything But Us,” and for Song of the Year for “Dianne’s Song.” Stormont has been nominated for Americana Artist of the Year, Inspirational Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Acoustic Act of the Year, and Song of the Year for “On Your Own.”
All-time Arkansas Country Music Awards win record holder Erin Enderlin has received four nominations for 2021. She was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Country Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. She was named Country of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in 2020 and received the Album of the Year and Song of the Year awards for Faulkner County and “Tonight I Don’t Give a Damn,” respectively.
The other Country Artist of the Year nominees include Bailey Hefley and Ward Davis.
AY Magazine also received a nomination in 2021. AY was nominated for Publication/Blog/Podcast of the Year, an award the magazine won in 2019. The other nominees in the category include Acoustic Music Talk with Brad Apple, If That Ain’t Country, Jonesboro Occasions, and The Vine Brothers Songwriter Series Presents.
Voting on the nominees will begin on March 1, 2021 and end on March 14. The Arkansas Country Music Awards ceremony will be held Monday, June 7 at the Reynolds Performance Hall at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
See the full list of nominees below:
Entertainer of the Year
David Adam Byrnes
Americana Artist of the Year
National Park Radio
Ten Penny Gypsy
Bluegrass Artist of the Year
Tacie and the Sunshine Band
Country Artist of the Year
David Adam Byrnes
Inspirational Artist of the Year
The FlatLand Gospel Band
The Villines Trio
Female Vocalist of the Year
Sarah Jane Nelson
Male Vocalist of the Year
David Adam Byrnes
Acoustic Act of the Year
The Creek Rocks
Lee Street Lyrical
Vocal Group of the Year
Diane Berry / Joe Wade Smith
Nik & Sam
The Salty Dogs
Album of the Year
“Black Cats and Crows” by Ward Davis. Produced by Jim ‘Moose’ Brown.
“The Country Blues” by Billy Don Burns. Produced by Charlie Ammerman, Thomas Gramuglia, Billy Don Burns, Jeff Williams, Mike Randolph and Aaron Dethrage.
“Horses and Steel” by Kenny Drain. Produced by Kenny Drain.
“Neon Town” by David Adam Byrnes. Produced by Trent Willmon.
“Rain and Whiskey” by Anna Brinker. Produced by B.J. Taylor and Kevin Sokolnicki.
Song of the Year
“Dianne’s Song” Written by Jabe Burgess, Steve Williams and Mark Alan Springer. Performed by Jabe Burgess.
“Great Again” Written by Justin Wilson and Brice Long. Performed by Lance Carpenter.
“On Your Own” Written and performed by Grace Stormont.
“Recycled” Written by Autumn McEntire, Hannah Blaylock, Mae Estes and Josh Matheny. Performed by Mae Estes.
“Say It Again” Written by Lydia Dall, Morgan Johnston and Joe Tounge. Performed by Kelsey Lamb.
Songwriter of the Year
Music Producer of the Year
Sound Engineer of the Year
Promoter of the Year
Bill and Linda Lovett
Cliff and Susan Prowse
Video of the Year
“Everything But Us” by Jabe Burgess. Directed by Strack Azar.
“Lost Boy” by The Render Sisters. Directed by Joe Sikkema and Pam Tillis.
“Old School” by David Adam Byrnes. Directed by Dylan Rucker.
“She Knew Better” by Abby Lindsey. Directed by Lexy Burke.
“Water” by Lauren Richmond. Directed by B.J. Taylor and Brent Wheeler.
Radio Station of the Year
KCYT “96.7 The Coyote,” Springdale
KDXY “The Fox 104.9,” Jonesboro
KSSN “KSSN 96,” Little Rock
KQUS “US 97,” Hot Springs
KZHE “KZ-100,” Magnolia
Radio DJ of the Year
Amy G, KABF, Little Rock
Big Dan Hentschel, KAMO, Rogers
D.J. Taylor, KSSN, Little Rock
J.R. Runyon, Y107, Conway
Lisa Lindsey & Jim Weaver, KKYR, Texarkana
Publication/Blog/Podcast of the Year
Acoustic Music Talk with Brad Apple
If That Ain’t Country
The Vine Brothers Songwriter Series Presents:
Venue of the Year
The Collins Theater
George’s Majestic Lounge
Jimmy Doyle Country
Kings Live Music
Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down Music Theater
Young Artist of the Year
The Render Sisters
Bass Player of the Year
Big Shane Thornton
Drummer of the Year
Fiddle Player of the Year
Guitar Player of the Year
Steel/Dobro Player of the Year