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Country Brings The Heat For Billboard Nominations

Blake Shelton could walk away from May's 2017 Billboard Music Awards with trophies for Top Country Artist and Top Country Album for If I'm Honest, honors helping to mark another impressive year for the superstar.

"It's been an exciting year – and one of the most gratifying of my career," he says through his publicist. "I moved to Nashville when I was 18 years old to be a country singer and chase my dreams, but I didn't have the capacity to dream up this reality. At the beginning and end of every day, it's because of the fans that we had such great success, so thank you!"


He's got stiff competition, though. Blake's Top Country Artist competitors are Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton and Jason Aldean. Competing projects up for Top Country Alum include Jason Aldean's They Don't Know, Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots, Chris Stapleton's Traveller and Keith Urban's Ripcord. Other Country categories and their nominees are:


Top Country Tour

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Dixie Chicks


Top Country Song

Kenny Chesney ft. Pink, "Setting The World On Fire"

Florida Georgia Line, "H.O.L.Y."

Florida Georgia Line ft. Tim McGraw, "May We All"

Little Big Town, "Better Man"

Keith Urban, "Blue Ain’t Your Color"


Top Country Collaboration

Dierks Bentley ft. Elle King, "Different For Girls"

Kenny Chesney ft. Pink, "Setting The World On Fire"

Eric Church ft. Rhiannon Giddens, "Kill A Word'

Florida Georgia Line ft. Tim McGraw, "May We All'

Chris Young ft. Vince Gill, 'Sober Saturday Night"


Joey + Rory's Hymns and Hillary Scott & The Family's Love Remains are nominated for Top Christian Album, "Thy Will" from the latter album is nominated for Top Christian Song, and Hillary Scott & The Family are nominated for Top Christian Artist.

The only country artists nominated in multi-genre categories are Florida Georgia Line (Top Duo/Group) and Luke Bryan (Billboard Chart Achievement). See a complete list of nominees from Billboard here.


Russ Penuell lives in Nashville with his girlfriend, three dogs and a lot of music.