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2014 CMA Award Nominees Announced, Swift & Aldean snubbed

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Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town joined CMA Award winner Darius Rucker in New York City this morning (Sept. 3) to reveal the final nominees for The 48th Annual CMA Awards.

To be sure there are a number of qualified 'snubs' on this list. Let the campaigning and complaining begin. How you leave Taylor Swift and Jason Aldean off the list for Entertainer of the Year and "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" for Song, is beyond comprehension.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Crash My Party, Luke Bryan; Produced by Jeff Stevens; Capitol Records Nashville
Fuse, Keith Urban; Produced by Benny Blanco, Nathan Chapman, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Mike Elizondo, Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Stargate, Keith Urban, Butch Walker; Capitol Records Nashville
Platinum, Miranda Lambert; Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf; RCA Records Nashville
Riser, Dierks Bentley; Produced by Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora, Jaren Johnston; Capitol Records Nashville
The Outsiders, Eric Church; Produced by Jay Joyce, Arturo Buenahora; EMI Records Nashville

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Brandy Clark
Brett Eldredge
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Dan+Shay
Florida Georgia
Love and Theft
Swon Brothers
Thompson Square

SONG OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Songwriter(s))
“Automatic,” (Artist: Miranda Lambert, Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert)
“Follow Your Arrow” (Artist: Kacey Musgraves; Songwriters: Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally)
“Give Me Back My Hometown” (Artist: Eric Church; Songwriters: Eric Church and Luke Laird)
“I Don’t Dance” (Artist: Lee Brice; Songwriters: Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Dallas Davidson)
“I Hold On” (Artist: Dierks Bentley; Songwriters: Brett James, Dierks Bentley)

SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
“Automatic” (Artist: Miranda Lambert; Producers: Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf and Chuck Ainlay); RCA Nashville
“Drunk On A Plane” (Artist: Dierks Bentley; Producers: Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.); Capitol Records Nashville
“Give Me Back My Hometown” (Artist: Eric Church; Producers: Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.); EMI Records Nashville
“Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s” (Artist Tim McGraw; Producers: Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw); Big Machine Records
“Mine Would Be You” (Artist: Blake Shelton; Producer: Scott Hendricks); Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (Award goes to each Artist)
“Bakersfield,” Vince Gill and Paul Franklin (Mercury Nashville)
“Meanwhile, Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw, featuring Faith Hill (Big Machine)
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood (RCA Nashville)
“We Were Us,” Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert (Capitol)
“You Can’t Make Old Friends,” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (Warner Bros./WMN)

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist and Director)
“Automatic,” Miranda Lamabert. Director: Trey Fanjoy
“Bartender,” Lady Antebellum. Director: Shane Drake
“Drunk On A Plane,” Dierks Bentley. Director: Wes Edwards
“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves. Directors: Kacey Musgraves and Honey
“Somethin’ Bad,” Miranda Lambert featuring Carrie Underwood. Director: Trey Fanjoy

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Sam Bush, mandolin
Jerry Douglas, dobro
Paul Franklin, steel guitar
Dann Huff, guitar
Mac McAnally, guitar

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