The visual medium often accomplishes what a simple song cannot do. The contenders for this year's Video of the Year at the 53rd ACM Awards not only heighten the stakes but give the songs new, sometimes deeper, meaning.
Kelsea Ballerini strikes a poignant reminder of life's fragility with "Legends," the lead cut to her much-heralded sophomore studio effort Unapologetically. As the song shimmers in bright pop-country waves, the footage shifts from love and light into devastating sorrow in the blink of an eye. It's a commanding piece and a strong frontrunner to take the trophy.
Meanwhile, Dierks Bentley honors his wife in the video for "Black," the titular track to his most recent studio set, and quite the centerpiece it is. Its cinematic and sweeping nature is both magnificent and somber. Thomas Rhett then waxes endearingly romantic with "Marry Me," from his Life Changes LP.
On the flip side, you have Brothers Osborne giving a political-bent to their rowdy, boot-stomping ditty "It Ain't My Fault" (a Pawn Shop standout), and industry stalwart Miranda Lambert relishes in the company of her girlfriends, often silly and freewheeling, with "We Should Be Friends," the second single from her 2016 double-album The Weight of These Wings. Both clips give the category a bit of fun and charm.
The 2018 ACM Awards are set for April 15 inside Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Reba McEntire returns to host.
Watch all five nominated music videos below:
"Black" – Dierks Bentley
"It Ain't My Fault" – Brothers Osborne
"Legends" – Kelsea Ballerini
"Marry Me" – Thomas Rhett
"We Should Be Friends" – Miranda Lambert