The CMA Award nominations are out and Chris Stapleton leads the pack with five nods, including ones for Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year for “From A Room: Volume 2,” Male Vocalist of the Year and Single and Song of the Year for “Broken Halos.”
Other artists landing multiple nods include Jason Aldean, Dan + Shay, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Chris, Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, Thomas Rhett, and Keith Urban, who all have three.
As we previously told you, this year’s Entertainer of the Year nominees include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban. For yet another year, no female artists were recognized in the category.
Among the snubs this year, Kane Brown and Dustin Lynch, who both had huge years, failed to be recognized. Meanwhile, Luke Bryan may have received an Entertainer of the Year nod, but didn’t receive any other nominations. Blake Shelton was once again snubbed for any CMA nods and last year’s Entertainer of the Year winner Garth Brookswas also snubbed this year. Interestingly, several up and comers, like Ashley McBryde and Carly Pearce, were left out of the Best New Artist category, while Luke Combs, Brett Young and Lauren Alaina, who were all nominated last year, were nominated again. Another odd occurance, Sam Hunt's "Body Like A Back Road" is nominated for Song of the Year, which he was also nominated for last year.
The 52nd Annual CMA Awards, hosted once again by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, air November 14th on ABC. Check out the nominees below, and some reactions here.
Nominees for the 52ndAnnual CMA Awards(click here for the complete list)
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Jason AldeanLuke BryanKenny ChesneyChris StapletonKeith Urban
SINGLE OF THE YEAR(Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s))
"Broken Halos" – Chris Stapleton"Drinkin' Problem" – Midland"Drowns the Whiskey" – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)"Meant to Be" – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line"Tequila" – Dan + Shay
ALBUM OF THE YEAR(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
“From A Room: Volume 2” – Chris Stapleton“Golden Hour” – Kacey Musgraves“Graffiti U” – Keith Urban“Life Changes” – Thomas Rhett“The Mountain: – Dierks Bentley
SONG OF THE YEAR(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
"Body Like A Back Road" - Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne"Broken Halos" - Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton"Drowns the Whiskey" - Songwriter: Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson"Drunk Girl" - Songwriter: Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson"Tequila" - Songwriter: Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea BalleriniMiranda LambertMaren MorrisKacey MusgravesCarrie Underwood
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Dierks BentleyLuke CombsThomas RhettChris StapletonKeith Urban
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lady AntebellumLANCOLittle Big TownMidlandOld Dominion
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brothers OsborneDan + ShayFlorida Georgia LineMaddie & TaeSugarland
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lauren AlainaLuke CombsChris JansonMidlandBrett Young
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR(Award goes to each Artist)
"Burning Man" – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne"Dear Hate" – Maren Morris (Feat. Vince Gill)"Drowns the Whiskey" – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)"Everything's Gonna Be Alright" – David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney)"Meant to Be" – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR(Award goes to Artist and Director(s))
"Babe" – Sugarland (Featuring Taylor Swift) Director: Anthony Mandler"Cry Pretty" – Carrie Underwood Director: Randee St. Nicholas"Drunk Girl" – Chris Janson Director: Jeff Venable"Marry Me" – Thomas Rhett Director: TK McKamy"Tequila" – Dan + Shay Director: Patrick Tracy