The CMA Nominations Are In!

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The CMA nominations are in! For the most part, the nominations are just about what you’re expecting. Maddie & Tae and Sugarland both made their way back to the nominations list for the first time in years.

Chris Stapleton leads the nominations with five nods, followed by Jason Aldean with four. As always, the most anticipated award is Entertainer Of The Year.


Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Producer(s))

From a Room, Vol. 2, Chris Stapleton (producers: Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton)
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves (producers: Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian and Kacey Musgraves)
Graffiti U, Keith Urban (producers: Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, JR Rotem, Josh Kerr, Jason Evigan, Greg Wells, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Jesse Shatkin, Jimmy Robbins, Oscar Holter, Matt Rad, Eric Valentine, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mike Elizondo, Captain Cuts, Ross Copperman, Dann Huff and Peter Karlsson)
Life Changes, Thomas Rhett (producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London and Thomas Rhett)
The Mountain, Dierks Bentley (producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart and Arturo Buenahora Jr.)

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriter(s))

“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt (Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne)
“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton (Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton)
“Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert (Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton and Josh Thompson)
“Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson (Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas and Chris Janson)
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay (Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds and Dan Smyers)

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year

Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Chris Janson
Brett Young

Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton (producers: Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton; mix engineer: Vance Powell)
“Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland (producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne; mix engineer: Justin Niebank)
“Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert (producer: Michael Knox; mix engineer: Jeff Braun)
“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line (producer: Willshire; mix engineer: Serban Ghenea)
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay (producer: Scott Hendricks and Dan Smyers; mix engineer: Jeff Juliano)

Musical Event of the Year

“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 and Florida Georgia Line

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Director(s))

“Babe,” Sugarland feat. 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)

Musician of the Year

Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Mac McAnally
Derek Wells

The Awards will take place on November 14th and will be aired at 8pm on ABC. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will be returning as hosts. Stay tuned to Thunder106 for all of the hottest cutting edge country!