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Thomas Rhett’s not expecting to hang onto his ACM Male Artist of the Year title: “It would be shocking”

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Thomas Rhett is the reigning ACM Male Artist of the Year, and he's nominated again this year, but he's not expecting to hang onto the title.

"It would be shocking," the singer admits. "I'm always very thrilled to be nominated, but man, when you're in these categories with these other people, you're just like, 'Man, these people are amazing.'"

To win again this year, Thomas would have to beat out Luke Combs, Jimmie Allen, Chris Stapleton and Morgan Wallen -- some tough competition. TR's been working hard to win his spot in the nominees list, though, he explains. Specifically, he's always working on honing his vocal skills.

"I've worked on it a bunch," he reveals. "I think I was naturally an OK singer, but I would say over the last few years I've worked really hard, just with a coach...learning how to get my range a little bit more up and down, and learning how to use different parts of my voice. And I think it's translated a little bit."

Fans can see his hard work in action tonight when he performs at the ACM Awards. The show starts at 8 p.m. ET, and will stream live from Las Vegas' Allegiant Stadium on Amazon Prime Video. Dolly Parton, Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett will co-host the show.

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