Lori McKenna, Florida Georgia Line Earn Early ACM Award Wins

The Academy of Country Music was already naming early winners for the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Saturday (April 1).

Lori McKenna made history as the first woman to win the Songwriter of the Year honor in the awards’ 52-year history. She earned the win for her solo write, “Humble and Kind,” recorded by Tim McGraw.

The honor is the latest for “Humble and Kind,” which also earned McKenna Song of the Year at the 2016 CMA Awards and Best Country Song at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

BMLG duo Florida Georgia Line earned honors for Vocal Event of the Year for “May We All,” featuring Tim McGraw. The track was produced by Joey Moi. The honor is given to the artist, producer, and record company/label.

Additionally, the duo earned Single of the Year honors for “H.O.L.Y.,” which was also produced by Joey Moi. The honor is given to the artist, producer and label/record company.

At Sunday evening’s ACM Awards, the duo is also nominated for their fifth Vocal Duo of the Year honor, their second Entertainer of the Year award, and their second Album of the Year honor (this year for Dig Your Roots).

Having previously won New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year in 2012 (presented in 2013) and Vocal Duo of the Year in 2013-2015 (presented in 2014-2016), a win in the Entertainer of the Year category would make them eligible to receive the Academy’s prestigious Triple Crown Award.

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