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Nov. 2nd,
8|7C ON

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CMA AWARDS NOMINEES

“The 50th Annual CMA Awards” airs live Wednesday, November 2 on ABC-TV. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will preside over the evening, returning as hosts for the ninth consecutive year.   See the full list of this year’s nominees below!

Entertainer of the Year

GarthBrooks

Garth Brooks

LukeBryan

Luke Bryan

ChrisStapleton

Chris Stapleton

CarrieUnderwood

Carrie Underwood

KeithUrban

Keith Urban

Single of the Year

Die-A-Happy-Man

Die A Happy Man

Thomas Rhett

PRODUCER: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure. MIX ENGINEER: Justin Niebank

The Valory Music Co.

Humble-and-Kind

Humble and Kind

Tim McGraw

PRODUCER: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw. MIX ENGINEER: Byron Gallimore

Big Machine Records

My-Church

My Church

Maren Morris

PRODUCER: busbee, Maren Morris. MIX ENGINEER: Dave Clauss, busbee

Columbia Nashville / Sony Music Nashville

Nobody-To-Blame

Nobody To Blame

Chris Stapleton

PRODUCER: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton. MIX ENGINEER: Vance Powell

Mercury Nashville / Universal Music Group Nashville

Record-Year

Record Year

Eric Church

PRODUCER: Jay Joyce. MIX ENGINEER: Jay Joyce, Jason Hall

EMI Records Nashville / Universal Music Group Nashville

Album of the Year

Black

Black

Dierks Bentley

PRODUCER: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora, Jr.

Capitol Records Nashville / Universal Music Group Nashville

Hero

Hero

Maren Morris

PRODUCER: busbee, Maren Morris, Brad Hill

Columbia Nashville / Sony Music Nashville

Misunderstood

Mr. Misunderstood

Eric Church

PRODUCER: Jay Joyce, Arturo Buenahora, Jr.

EMI Records Nashville / Universal Music Group Nashville

RipCord

Ripcord

Keith Urban

PRODUCER: Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Dann Huff, Greg Wells, Nile Rodgers, busbee, K-Kov, Nathan Chapman, Jonny Price, Keith Urban

Hit Red Records / Capitol Records Nashville / Universal Music Group Nashville

Storyteller

Storyteller

Carrie Underwood

PRODUCER: Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, Zach Crowell

19 Recordings / Arista Nashville / Sony Music Nashville

Song of the Year

BurningHouse

Burning House

Camaron “Cam” Ochs, Tyler Johnson, Jeff Bhasker

Die-A-Happy-Man

Die A Happy Man

Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, Joe Spargur

HumbleandKind

Humble and Kind

Lori McKenna

RecordYear

Record Year

Eric Church, Jeff Hyde

MyChurch

My Church

busbee, Maren Morris

Female Vocalist of the Year

KelseaBallerini

Kelsea Ballerini

MirandaLambert

Miranda Lambert

MarenMorris

Maren Morris

KaceyMusgraves

Kacey Musgraves

CarrieUnderwood

Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

DierksBentley

Dierks Bentley

EricChurch

Eric Church

TimMcGraw

Tim McGraw

ChrisStapleton

Chris Stapleton

KeithUrban

Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

LadyAntebellum

Lady Antebellum

LittleBigTown

Little Big Town

OldDominion

Old Dominion

RascalFlatts

Rascal Flatts

ZacBrownBand

Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

BrothersOsborne

Brothers Osborne

DanShay

Dan + Shay

FloridaGeorgiaLine

Florida Georgia Line

Joey-Rory

Joey + Rory

MaddieTae

Maddie & Tae

Musical Event of the Year

DifferentForGirls

Different For Girls

Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King

Capitol Records Nashville / Universal Music Group Nashville

Home-Alone-Tonight

Home Alone Tonight

Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild

Capitol Records Nashville / Universal Music Group Nashville

TheFighter

The Fighter

Keith Urban (featuring Carrie Underwood)

Hit Red Records / Capitol Records Nashville / Universal Music Group Nashville

Think-Of-You

Think Of You

Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)

RCA Nashville / Sony Music Nashville

YouAreMySunshine

You Are My Sunshine

Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton

Low Country Sound / Elektra Records

Musician of the Year

JerryDouglas

Jerry Douglas

Dobro / Lap Steel Guitar

PaulFranklin

Paul Franklin

Steel Guitar

DannHuff

Dann Huff

Guitar

BrentMason

Brent Mason

Guitar

DerekWells

Derek Wells

Guitar

Music Video of the Year

Burning-HouseVid

Burning House

Cam

Directed by Trey Fanjoy

Fire-Away

Fire Away

Chris Stapleton

Directed by Tim Mattia

Humble-and-Kind

Humble and Kind

Tim McGraw

Directed by Wes Edwards

Record-Year

Record Year

Eric Church

Directed by John Peets and Reid Long

Somewhere-On-A-Beach

Somewhere On A Beach

Dierks Bentley

Directed by Wes Edwards

New Artist of the Year

KelseaBallerini

Kelsea Ballerini

BrothersOsborne

Brothers Osborne

MarenMorris

Maren Morris

OldDominion

Old Dominion

ColeSwindell

Cole Swindell

PERFORMERS

“The 50th Annual CMA Awards” will air live Wednesday, November 2 on ABC. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returned as hosts for the show.

 

Check back soon as we release the full list of performers and presenters for Country Music’s Biggest Night!

READY FOR THE SHOW?

“The 50th Annual CMA Awards” airs live Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 8|7c on ABC-TV. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood preside over the evening, returning as hosts for Country Music’s Biggest Night. The 2016 event promises spectacle, accolades and countless special moments as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards. The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the more than 6,300 industry professional members of CMA, which when established in 1958 became the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music. The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005 before moving in 2006 to ABC, where it is set to air through 2021.

BRAD PAISLEY Returning as co-host of “Country Music’s Biggest Night™,” Brad Paisley is Country’s veritable jack of all trades. Not only is he an amazing vocalist and guitar slinger – he’s also an accomplished filmmaker. He’s been inspired by many legends, and has himself become one of the greats. His latest album, Moonshine In The Trunk, dropped last August after Brad debuted each song on Twitter. “I really think that the CMA Awards are a very special thing in our town,” said Paisley. “When they say it’s ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night™,’ it is. It’s the biggest night of ratings that we ever get. The reason that I think it has worked is because we both take it so seriously that we’re ready when we walk out there.” Paisley is No. 5 on the list of all-time top CMA Award winners with 14 Awards to his credit: CMA Horizon Award (now the New Artist Award) (2000) CMA Entertainer of the Year (2010) CMA Male Vocalist of the Year (2007, 2008, 2009) CMA Album of the Year (2006 for Time Well Wasted) Three-time CMA Musical Event of the Year (2004 with Alison Krauss for “Whiskey Lullaby,” 2006 for “When I Get Where I’m Going” with Dolly Parton, and 2009 for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban) CMA Vocal Event of the Year (2001 for “Too Country” with Bill Anderson, George Jones, and Buck Owens) Three-time CMA Music Video of the Year [2002 for “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song),” 2004 for “Whiskey Lullaby” (with Krauss), and in 2007 for “Online,” 2008 for “Waitin’ on a Woman” (featuring Andy Griffith). CARRIE UNDERWOOD Following her victory as the 2005 “American Idol,” Carrie Underwood made her first appearance on the CMA Awards premiering the powerful and heartfelt “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” Since then, Underwood has gone on to co-host the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, and she returns to the now-familiar role in 2016. “I think I can speak for both of us when I say that we are extremely excited to be back hosting the CMA Awards,” said Underwood. “Each year we work harder so that we can help present the best show possible.” Underwood has won five CMA Awards to date: CMA Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) (2006) CMA Female Vocalist of the Year (2006, 2007, 2008) CMA Single of the Year (2007 for “Before He Cheats”)

kelsea
Kelsea Ballerini
DierksBentley
Dierks Bentley
garth
Garth Brooks
LukeBryan
Luke Bryan
EricChurch
Eric Church
FloridaGeorgiaLine
Florida Georgia Line
MirandaLambert
Miranda Lambert
LittleBigTown
Little Big Town
TimMcGraw
Tim McGraw
MarenMorris
Maren Morris
KaceyMusgraves
Kacey Musgraves
brad
Brad Paisley
CarrieUnderwood
Carrie Underwood
KeithUrban
Keith Urban
trishayearwood
Trisha Yearwood