Why Beyoncé's 'Cowboy Carter' isn't a 2024 ACM nominee

In all likelihood, "Cowboy Carter" will not win an Academy of Country Music award this year.  

Before fans think this is a dig at Beyoncé or the critically praised album, there's a reason.   

The Grammy winner's maiden country album was not nominated for the May 16 ceremony due to its release date.  

From January 1 to December 2023, nominations were eligible. With "Cowboy Carter's" March 2024 release, it will be eligible for next year's awards.  

Beyoncé isn't the only singer who must wait until 2025 to win at "Country Music's Party of the Year."  

Despite earning accolades for Female Artist and Music Event of the Year, Kacey Musgraves' "Deeper Well," Sheryl Crow's "Evolution," and Luke Grimes' self-titled album were released in 2024.  

Even without Queen Bey, this year's nominees are outstanding. (See all nominations here)  

Luke Combs tops the pace with eight nominations for the 2024 ceremony, including Entertainer, Male Artist, and Album of the Year.  

Randy Travis uses AI to release new songs after a stroke. 

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