Jelly Roll Reacts To “Incredible” Entertainer of the Year Nomination

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Nominees announced for the 59th Annual ACM Awards

The ACM Awards, hosted by the Academy of Country Music, will celebrate their 59th year on May 16th, 2024 from the Ford Center in Frisco, Texas. The annual awards show is dubbed “Country Music’s Biggest Party of the Year” and promises “unforgettable live performances like you’ve never seen before.”

The nominees for each category were announced on April 9th. Luke Combs, Megan Moroney, Lainey Wilson, Cody Johnson, Morgan Wallen, and Jelly Roll were among the most nominated artists.

Jelly Roll responds to his four ACM Awards nominations

Jelly Roll, who is fresh off of three CMT Music Awards wins, talked with PEOPLE about what this most recent round of nominations means to him. He shared:

“I spent my whole life just thinking that what I was doing would never be heard or seen. I almost gave up on any dream of this thing ever being like it is now, and man, is it just incredible to be in the middle of it. I’m grateful.”

The “Son of A Sinner” singer is nominated for Single of the Year, Music Event of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, and the night’s biggest honor – Entertainer of the Year. He reflected:

“I didn’t expect to get this many. Even when I had a shelf built, I had it built for what I won last year thinking that was probably the best year of my life. I don’t know what to do about this thing still running.” 

Last year was the first year that Jelly Roll, born Jason DeFord, won any major country music awards and he took home three CMT Music Awards and the CMA Award for New Artist of the Year.

The award nominations validate the work that Jelly Roll is doing

Looking forward to this awards season Jelly Roll says it is “huge” just to be nominated, especially considering what he represents. The rising country star is a former convict who spent his younger years in and out of jail before turning his life around. He adds:

“Not every awards show in America’s giving an opportunity to the guy that’s talking against fentanyl and representing the people I speak about, and to see four nominations just showed me how much my peers and the industry cares about what I think, even my core messages outside of the music.” 

Congratulations, Jelly Roll! Tune in to the ACM Awards on May 16th to see who takes home the trophies.