This morning the Country Music Association announced the nominees for their 48th Annual CMA Awards. The first batch of nominees was revealed live on Good Morning America television show with Little Big Town and Darius Rucker announcing. The remaining seven categories were announced from New York City’s Best Buy Theatre at via live streaming broadcast.
For CMA Entertainer of the Year, the nominees included George Strait, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban. Given this is the last year that George Strait is touring, is it a possibility that he will take home the trophy?
In the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, the nominees were Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood. For Male Vocalist of the Year, the nominees were Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban.
Vocal Group of the Year category included the likes of Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry, and Little Big Town. All of the nominees are strong contenders this year.
CMA Album of the Year nominees included three from Capitol Records Nashville, one from RCA Nashville, and one from EMI Records Nashville. The award goes out to the artist and the producer(s). The Album of the Year Nominees included Luke Bryan’s “Crash My Party,” Keith Urban’s “Fuse,” Miranda Lambert’s “Platinum,” Dierks Bentley’s “Riser,” and Eric Church’s “The Outsiders.”
Musician of the Year nominees included Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Paul Franklin, Dan Huff, and Mac McAnally.
For CMA Music Video of the Year, the nominees included "Automatic" by Miranda Lambert, "Bartender" by Lady Antebellum, "Drunk on a Plane" by Dierks Bentley, "Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves, and "Something Bad" by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.
Nominees for CMA Single of the Year include "Automatic" by Miranda Lambert, "Drunk on a Plane" by Dierks Bentley, "Give Me Back My Hometown" by Eric Church, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and "Mine Would Be You" by Blake Shelton. It was almost the same nominees for Song of the Year, which awards the songwriter. The nominees for CMA Song of the Year went to "Automatic" by Miranda Lambert, "I Hold On" by Dierks Bentley, "Give Me Back My Hometown" by Eric Church, "I Don't Dance" by Lee Brice, and "Follow Your Arrow" by Kacey Musgraves.
Musical Event of the Year brought in multiple generations in country music. Those nominees included "Bakersfield" by Vince Gill and Paul Franklin in tribute to Buck Owens, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's" by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, "Something Bad" with Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, "We Were Us" by Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert, and "You Can't Make Old Friends" featuring Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
CMA Duo of the Year nominees included Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Love and Theft, The Swon Brothers, and Thompson Square. For New Artist of the Year, the nominees included Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell.
The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be held on Wednesday, November 5, live at 8:00 p.m. on ABC. You can also check out the latest with the Country Music Association’s CMA Awards online at www.cmaworld.com/cma-awards.