BREAKING NEWS: The 48th Annual CMA Awards Nominations Revealed!

BREAKING NEWS: The 48th Annual CMA Awards Nominations Revealed!

This morning country music fans across the US were finally treated to the list of nominations for the 48th Annual CMA AWards! With five categories announced on morning television by superstars Darius Rucker and Little Big Town (who also scooped up a Vocal Group of the Year nomination) on Good Morning America, the rest of the nominees were revealed at a press conference after the live broadcast. As with most years, there were a number of artists returning to the list for probably their hundredth time, with a few newer names popping up in a number of limited categories.

Miranda Lambert took the prize for most nominated, with nine nominations under her belt, tying her own record for the most nominations for a female artists in the history of the CMA Awards. Any female artist would be proud to have Miranda holding down the fort for us females, and we’re excited to see her getting so much recognition for the crtically acclaimed “Platinum.” Other frequent nominee this year was Dierks Bentley, following Miranda with five nominations for his standout “Riser” album.

With so much fresh talent in the genre, it’s hard to see that there isn’t much recognition for them until they’ve reached absolute superstar status. I’d love to see a wider variety of faces across each of the genres. Overall, though, so many of the artists received well deserved nominations for albums they should be incredibly proud of. It was a great year for country music, and it will be fun to celebrate that along with the artists when the show airs.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Baby Bumpin’ Carrie Underwood, will are live on November 5th at 8:00 ET on ABC!

Check out the full list of nominees below (along with my predictions in italics). Any hits or misses? Let us know what you think by dropping a comment or tweeting us @JukeboxMixtape!


Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Album of the Year
Crash My Party, Luke Bryan
Fuse, Keith Urban
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Riser, Dierks Bentley
The Outsiders, Eric Church

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

New Artist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Brett Eldredge
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Swon Brothers
Thompson Square

Single of the Year (Award goes to artist and producer)
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” Eric Church
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“Mine Would Be You,” Blake Shelton

Song of the Year (Award goes to songwriters)
“Automatic,” written by Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby and Miranda Lambert
“Follow Your Arrow,” written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally
“Give Me Back My Hometown,” written by Eric Church and Luke Laird
“I Don’t Dance,” written by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Dallas Davidson
“I Hold On,” written by Brett James and Dierks Bentley

Musical Event of the Year
“Bakersfield,” Vince Gill and Paul Franklin
“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
“Something Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
“We Were Us,” Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert
“You Can’t Make Old Friends,” Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

Music Video of the Year
“Automatic,” Miranda Lambert
“Bartender,” Lady Antebellum
“Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley
“Follow Your Arrow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Something Bad,” Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush
Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Mac McAnally

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