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The 53rd Annual CMA Awards Nominations Announced

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The Country Music Association has announced the The 53rd Annual CMA Awards nominations. Maren Morris tops the list of finalists with six nominations. Brothers Osborne receives four nominations, the second most nominations this year; while 11 garner three nominations each – Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Scott Hendricks, Dann Huff, Greg Kurstin, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood. For the night’s highest honor, reigning Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban is nominated again in the category, alongside Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood.

“This year, we have the privilege of honoring Country legends, new and emerging talent and even artists from outside our genre,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer. “The breadth of Country Music’s landscape is evident in this year’s nominations, and we can’t wait to celebrate our deserving nominees in November.”

Carrie Underwood will host The 53rd Annual CMA Awards with special guest hosts and Country Music Hall of Fame members Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, celebrating legendary women in Country Music throughout the ceremony. Country Music’s Biggest Night broadcasts live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, November 13 (8:00–11:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer. Alex Rudzinski is the director, and David Wild is the head writer.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards Nominations:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Garth Brooks
Eric Church
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer)
“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne
Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall, Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen
“GIRL” – Maren Morris
Producer: Greg Kurstin
Mix Engineer: Greg Kurstin
“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank
“Millionaire” – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Mix Engineer: Vance Powell
“Speechless” – Dan + Shay
Producers: Dan Smyers, Scott Hendricks
Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producers)
“Center Point Road” – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett, Julian Bunetta, The Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson
“Cry Pretty” – Carrie Underwood
Producers: David Garcia, Jim Jonsin, Carrie Underwood
“Dan + Shay” – Dan + Shay
Producers: Dan Smyers, Scott Hendricks
“Desperate Man” – Eric Church
Producers: Jay Joyce, Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
“GIRL” – Maren Morris
Producers: busbee, Maren Morris, Greg Kurstin

SONG OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Songwriters)
“Beautiful Crazy”
Songwriters: Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Robert Williford
“GIRL”
Songwriters: Maren Morris, Sarah Aarons, Greg Kurstin
“God’s Country”
Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy
“Rainbow”
Songwriters: Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
“Tequila”
Songwriters: Dan Smyers, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds

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
Midland
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artists and Producer(s))
“All My Favorite People” – Maren Morris (feat. Brothers Osborne)
Producers: Maren Morris, busbee
“Brand New Man” – Brooks & Dunn (with Luke Combs)
Producer: Dann Huff
“Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks & Blake Shelton
Producer: Garth Brooks
“Old Town Road (Remix)” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
Producers: YoungKio, Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross
“What Happens In A Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell
Producer: Dann Huff

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
Mac McAnally, Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky, Banjo/Guitar
Derek Wells, Guitar

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist(s) and Director)
“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne
Director: Wes Edwards
“GIRL” – Maren Morris
Director: Dave Meyers
“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton
Director: Sophie Muller
“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves
Director: Hannah Lux Davis
“Some Of It” – Eric Church
Director: Reid Long

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Cody Johnson
Ashley McBryde
Midland
Carly Pearce
Morgan Wallen

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Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded VitalThrills.com to cover movie, TV, video game, music, and theme park news.

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