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CMA AWARDS NOMINEES

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"Automatic"
Music Video of the Year

Miranda Lambert

Directed by Trey Fanjoy

"Automatic"
Single of the Year

Miranda Lambert

Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf

RCA Nashville

"Automatic"
Song of the Year

Written by Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, and Miranda Lambert

Performed by Miranda Lambert

"Bartender"
Music Video of the Year

Lady Antebellum

Directed by Shane Drake

"Drunk On A Plane"
Music Video of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Directed by Wes Edwards

"Drunk On A Plane"
Single of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Produced by Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.

Capitol Records Nashville

"Follow Your Arrow"
Music Video of the Year

Kacey Musgraves

Directed by Kacey Musgraves and Honey

"Follow Your Arrow"
Song of the Year

Written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, and Shane McAnally

Performed by Kacey Musgraves

"Give Me Back My Hometown"
Single of the Year

Eric Church

Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.

EMI Records Nashville

"Give Me Back My Hometown"
Song of the Year

Written by Eric Church and Luke Laird

Performed by Eric Church

"I Don't Dance"
Song of the Year

Written by Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Dallas Davidson

Performed by Lee Brice

"I Hold On"
Song of the Year

Written by Brett James and Dierks Bentley

Performed by Dierks Bentley

"Meanwhile Back at Mama's"
Musical Event of the Year

Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill

Big Machine

"Meanwhile Back At Mama's"
Single of the Year

Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill

Produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw

Big Machine

"Mine Would Be You"
Single of the Year

Blake Shelton

Produced by Scott Hendricks

Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville

"Somethin' Bad"
Music Video of the Year

Miranda Lambert duet with Carrie Underwood

Directed by Trey Fanjoy

"Somethin' Bad"
Musical Event of the Year

Miranda Lambert duet with Carrie Underwood

RCA Nashville

"We Were Us"
Musical Event of the Year

Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert

Capitol Records Nashville

"You Can't Make Old Friends"
Musical Event of the Year

Kenny Rogers duet with Dolly Parton

Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville

Bakersfield
Musical Event of the Year

Vince Gill and Paul Franklin

MCA Records Nashville

Blake Shelton
Entertainer of the Year
Blake Shelton
Male Vocalist of the Year
Brandy Clark
New Artist of the Year
Brett Eldredge
New Artist of the Year
Carrie Underwood
Female Vocalist of the Year
Cole Swindell
New Artist of the Year
Crash My Party
Album of the Year

Luke Bryan

Produced by Jeff Stevens

Capitol Records Nashville

Dan + Shay
Vocal Duo of the Year
Dann Huff
Musician of the Year

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Dierks Bentley
Male Vocalist of the Year
Eli Young Band
Vocal Group of the Year
Eric Church
Male Vocalist of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
Vocal Duo of the Year
Fuse
Album of the Year

Keith Urban

Produced by Benny Blanco, Nathan Chapman, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Mike Elizondo, Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Stargate, Keith Urban, and Butch Walker

Capitol Records Nashville

George Strait
Entertainer of the Year
Jerry Douglas
Musician of the Year

Dobro

Kacey Musgraves
Female Vocalist of the Year
Keith Urban
Entertainer of the Year
Keith Urban
Male Vocalist of the Year
Kip Moore
New Artist of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Vocal Group of the Year
Love and Theft
Vocal Duo of the Year
Luke Bryan
Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Male Vocalist of the Year
Mac McAnally
Musician of the Year

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Martina McBride
Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Entertainer of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Female Vocalist of the Year
Paul Franklin
Musician of the Year

Steel Guitar

Platinum
Album of the Year

Miranda Lambert

Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf

RCA Nashville

Riser
Album of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Produced by Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.

Capitol Records Nashville

Sam Bush
Musician of the Year

Mandolin

Taylor Swift
Female Vocalist of the Year
The Band Perry
Vocal Group of the Year
The Outsiders
Album of the Year

Eric Church

Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.

EMI Records Nashville

The Swon Brothers
Vocal Duo of the Year
Thomas Rhett
New Artist of the Year
Thompson Square
Vocal Duo of the Year
Zac Brown Band
Vocal Group of the Year

THE SHOW

“The 48th Annual CMA Awards” airs live Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 8|7c on ABC-TV. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood preside over the evening, returning as hosts for the seventh consecutive year. The 2014 CMA Awards promises spectacle, accolades and countless special moments.

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.

THE TROPHY

trophies-220x143At its inception in 1967, the CMA Awards trophy was designed to resemble a chart bullet. Constructed of a rich walnut and a sturdy marble base, the trophy signified the strength, durability and warmth of the genre. A brass music note adorning the center read “Best Liked World Wide,” CMA’s slogan at the time. The limited supply of walnut wood in 1983 encouraged a transition to crystal, the material still used today. With the update arrived a new medallion in the center that has been modified only slightly since.

Today’s 15-inch, 7.5-pound trophy is a stylish, high-value adornment made of hand-blown fine crystal in Florence, Italy, with final assembly by Francis & Lusky in Nashville, Tenn. The CMA logo appears on a tri-level, die-struck medallion in polished bronze. After the CMA Awards winners have been revealed live on the annual broadcast, the award is engraved with the winner’s name and CMA Awards category.

BALLOTING/VOTING

Similar to the Oscars and the Grammys, the CMA Awards are voted on by members of the industry. Members of the Country Music Association are music executives, artists, publicists, songwriters, musicians, touring professionals and more from all around the world.

CMA Awards winners are chosen in three rounds of voting. Votes are cast by industry professional members of the Country Music Association – meaning Awards winners are honored by their peers in the music industry.

Awards criteria, rules of election and balloting procedures are established by CMA’s Board of Directors. Singles, albums, music videos and qualified music products for the annual show must have been first released during the eligibility period, which for the 2014 show is July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014

Click for more info on Balloting

CRITERIA

CMA Awards winners are chosen in three rounds of voting. Votes are cast by industry professional members of the Country Music Association – meaning Awards winners are honored by their peers in the music industry.

Eligibility Period: July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014

Click for more info on the Awards criteria

HOSTS – BRAD PAISLEY & CARRIE UNDERWOOD

brad-paisley-river-bank-cdBRAD PAISLEY

Now in his seventh consecutive year 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 on August 26 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-blown-away-cdCARRIE 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 six times, and she returns to the now-familiar role for the seventh consecutive year in 2014.

“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’s latest album, Blown Away, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 all-genres chart in May 2012, selling more than 200,000 copies its first week, and the album’s latest single “See You Again” became Underwood’s 18th No. 1. Beyond enjoying the heights of music stardom, Underwood has expanded her career into film and television, making her acting debuts in the 2011 inspirational film “Soul Surfer” and playing a love-interest to the lead character on CBS-TV’s “How I Met Your Mother.”

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”)

HISTORY

In 1967, Country legend Eddy Arnold ascended the steps of the CMA Awards stage to claim the first-ever CMA Award for Entertainer of the Year. Arnold’s steps set forth a journey of honoring excellence – a journey that continues more than four decades and 31 different Entertainers of the Year later, right up to the reigning 2013 winner, the King of Country Music, George Strait.

Recognized worldwide as “Country Music’s Biggest Night™,” the CMA Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement in the Country Music industry. Each year, trophies are doled out in 12 categories, while music lovers coast-to-coast gather to celebrate America’s music.

 


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