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2017 ACM Awards Nominations — The 10 Best Artist Reactions

The Academy of Country Music revealed the nominees for the 2017 ACM Awards on Thursday morning (Feb. 16), and it didn’t take long for artists to hear the big news … and start sharing their thoughts on social media.

New artist nominees Maddie & Tae, Chris Jason, Dan + Shay and Jon Pardi were among those who celebrated their nods on Twitter. Fellow new artist nominee Lauren Alaina was so excited that she found herself in tears … in an airport!

Multi-nominee Maren Morris, meanwhile, called her six nods “so humbling” — and joked that her motto for ACM Awards week would be #VegasAtTheMandarin, a phrase from her song “Rich.” And it looks as though her boyfriend, singer-songwriter Ryan Hurd, will be there cheering her on … even if that means rooting against Dierks Bentley‘s Black and Florida Georgia Line‘s Dig Your Roots, two albums on which he has cuts, in favor of Morris’ Hero winning Album of the Year.

Flip through the photo gallery above to see more of the best reactions to the 2017 ACM Awards nominations announcement. The awards ceremony is set to take place in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 2, and air live on CBS beginning at 8PM ET. For the first time ever, the show will take place at T-Mobile Arena; Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return as co-hosts.

The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2017 ACM Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to for the latest ACMs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.

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