The Country Music Association Awards Nominations Are In!

By Lesa Browning


Announced last night, the biggest award show in Country Music has produced the nominations for the best of their best. It seems we will be seeing more than the usual suspects this year with a large number of new comers in the mix. Maybe most notable are the new female singers on the list. Kelsea Ballerini took a slot in the Female Vocalist category. Kacey Musgraves received an Album of the Year nomination for Pageant Material, along with Female Vocalist and Video of the Year nods. Breakout duo Maddie & Tae hit the jackpot with three nominations, New Artist, Vocal Duo and a Video of the Year spot for their debut,  “Girl in a Country Song.” Chris Stapleton scored three nominations for Male Vocalist, New Artist and Album of the Year for Traveller. Also new to the awards scene, Brothers Osbourne were nominated for Vocal Duo.

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Let’s not forget one of Country music’s hottest newcomers… Sam Hunt! The fast rising star was given three nominations, including Song of the Year and Single of the Year for his number one hit “Take Your Time.”

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The night was not all about new comers of course, Nashville veterans were well-represented; Eric Church and Little Big Town were at the top of the heap with five nominations each. Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert each had four. There will be no battle between Blake and Miranda this year for Entertainer of the Year — only Miranda was nominated, along with Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Eric Church and Kenny Chesney. Both Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were nominated for Vocalist of the Year, let’s see if the recently separated couple can maintain their winning streak.



Carrie Underwood (Female Vocalist of the Year & Video of the Year nominee) and Brad Paisley will co-host the show on Wednesday, Nov. 4 on ABC.




Complete list of nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack

Album of the Year
Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
Little Big Town, Pain Killer
Kenny Chesney, The Big Revival
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

New Artist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Sam Hunt
Maddie & Tae
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year
“American Kids” Kenny Chesney
“Girl Crush” Little Big Town
“I Don’t Dance” Lee Brice
“Take Your Time” Sam Hunt
“Talladega” Eric Church

Song of the Year
“American Kids” Kenny Chesney
“Girl Crush” Little Big Town
“Like a Cowboy” Randy Houser
“Like a Wrecking Ball” Eric Church
“Take Your Time” Sam Hunt

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Thompson Square

Musical Event of the Year
“Django and Jimmie” Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
“Lonely Tonight” Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe
“Raise ‘Em Up” Keith Urban featuring Eric Church
“Smokin’ and Drinkin’” Miranda Lambert featuring Little Big Town
“Wild Child” Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter

“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
“Girl Crush” Little Big Town
“Girl in a Country Song” Maddie & Tae
“Little Red Wagon” Miranda Lambert
“Something in the Water” Carrie Underwood