ACM Spotlight – Honor To Be Nominated For Male Vocalist Of The Year
As we prepare for the ACM Awards, we take a moment to honor some legendary performers who surprisingly missed winning an ACM in their respective categories.
It truly is an honor to land a nomination, considering the hundreds of people who make music for a living. With only 5 spots, and only 1 winner, sometimes our favorites get overlooked or lost in the shuffle. Here we take a moment to honor a few headline performers who were at the top of their game and deserve recognition for being nominated, even though they didn’t take home the trophy.
Artists who peaked before 1965 did not have a chance to be nominated, as the Academy of Country Music formed in 1965.
Nominated BUT Never Won ACM Male Vocalist Of The Year
Johnny Cash Nominated 1965, 1969
Marty Robbins Nominated 1970, 1971, 1973, 1976
Ray Price Nominated 1970, 1972
Charley Pride Nominated 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972
Ricky Skaggs Nominated 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
Eddie Rabbitt Nominated 1978, 1980
John Denver Nominated 1974
Mel Tillis Nominated 1976, 1977
Waylon Jennings Nominated 1979
Tom T. Hall Nominated 1973
Hank Williams, Jr. Nominated 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
Ronnie Milsap is pictured above, with son Todd, in 2001 winning the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. Milsap was also the ACM’s 1982 Male Vocalist of the Year.