Wednesday morning, the Country Music Association revealed the nominees for the 46th Annual CMA Awards. The awards will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. It will air on November 1, at 8:00 p.m. on ABC.
There are many surprises, including the absence of Montgomery Gentry in the Vocal Duo of the Year category, as well as the multiple nominations for The Civil Wars, and a nod to pop singer Kelly Clarkson for Female Vocalist of the Year.
For Entertainer of the Year, the nominees were Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift. Male Vocalist of the Year will be a tight race with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban. For Female Vocalist of the Year, Kelly Clarkson was a surprise nominee alongside with Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood.
In the Vocal Group of the Year category, Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, and Zac Brown Band rounded out the category. In Vocal Duo of the Year, the nominees are Big & Rich, Love and Theft, Sugarland, The Civil Wars, and Thompson Square. For New Artist of the Year, the nominees are Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Love and Theft, Thompson Square.
For Album of the Year, Eric Church was nominated with his hit album, “Chief.” He is joined by Miranda Lambert “Four the Record,” Dierks Bentley “Home,” Lady Antebellum “Own the Night,” and Luke Bryan “Tailgates and Tanlines.”
Single of the Year nominees include “Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean, “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton, “Home” by Dierks Bentley, “Pontoon” by Little Big Town, and “Springsteen” by Eric Church. Song of the Year nominees include “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” by Eli Young Band, “God Gave Me You” by Blake Shelton, “Home” by Dierks Bentley, “Over You” by Miranda Lambert, and “Springsteen” by Eric Church.
Music Video of the Year nominees include “Come Over” by Kenny Chesney, “Over You” by Miranda Lambert, “Pontoon” by Little Big Town, “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith, and “Springsteen” by Eric Church.
Vocal Event of the Year nominees include “Dixie Highway” with Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson, “Feel Like a Rock Star” with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” featuring Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Jamey Johnson, and Kris Kristofferson, “Safe & Sound” with Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars, and “Stuck on You” Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker.
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