While a large number of the ACM Awards are devoted to recognizing artists, others are meant to honor songs. The Single Record of the Year award is given to artists, producers, and the record label(s) and the award for Song of the Year is issued to songwriters, publishers, and artists.
It’s the latter category that always seems to carry just a touch more distinction than the former. Oftentimes, some of the same songs are nominated in both categories.
But this year, only four songs were selected as nominees in the Song of the Year category, and only one of them (Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”) was also nominated for Single Record of the Year.
Here are those nominees:
“Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt
“Female” by Keith Urban
“Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert
“Whiskey and You” by Chris Stapleton
After much anticipation, the winner in the Song of the Year category was announced, and the news was quite exciting to hear.
This year’s winner for the ACM Song of the Year is “Tin Man!”
— ACM Awards (@ACMawards) April 16, 2018
Miranda Lambert is the big winner for her heart-tugging single, “Tin Man!” Co-written by Lambert, Jack Ingram, and Jon Randall, the song climbed as high as the 15th spot on the Hot Country Songs chart.
“Tin Man” earned great critical acclaim, and generated a number of award nominations prior to this one. It was nominated for both Single and Song of the Year at the 2017 CMA Awards and also scored Grammy nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance.
Now Lambert and her co-writers can finally call “Tin Man” an award-winning track! Congratulations to everyone involved in the creation of the song!
Watch Lambert sing the song during last year’s ACM Awards below…