CMA Award Nominations Announced: Eric Church, Chris Stapleton & Maren Morris Lead the Pack With 5 Nods—Aldean and Shelton Shutout

CMA Award Nominations Announced: Eric Church, Chris Stapleton & Maren Morris Lead the Pack With 5 Nods—Aldean and Shelton Shutout

The CMA Awards were announced Wednesday morning (Aug. 31) on ABC’s Good Morning America with help from Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Cam, who read the list of nominees live from the Grand Ole Opry house in Nashville.

Maren MOrrisNewcomer Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton and Eric Church lead the pack with five nominations each. Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban are right behind with four nominations each.

Carrie Underwood and Chris Stapleton both picked up their first nominations for Entertainer of the Year, while Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt and Kenny Chesney were all shutout.

Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, The 50th annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 8/7 CT on ABC.

Check out the full list of nominees below.

2016 CMA Award Nominees

Entertainer of the Year

  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Tim McGraw
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

Album of the Year

  • Black – Dierks Bentley
  • Hero – Maren Morris
  • Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
  • Ripcord – Keith Urban
  • Storyteller – Carrie Underwood

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Joey + Rory
  • Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Maren Morris
  • Old Dominion
  • Cole Swindell

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)

  • “Burning House” – Cam, Tyler Johnson, Jeff Bhasker
  • “Die a Happy Man” – Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, Joe Spargur
  • “Humble and Kind” – Lori McKenna
  • “Record Year” – Eric Church, Jeff Hyde
  • “My Church” – busbee, Maren Morris

Single of the Year

  • “Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
  • “Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw
  • “My Church” – Maren Morris
  • “Nobody to Blame” – Chris Stapleton
  • “Record Year” – Eric Church

Musical Event of the Year

  • “Different for Girls” – Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King
  • “Home Alone Tonight” – Luke Bryan feat. Karen Fairchild
  • “The Fighter” – Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood
  • “Think of You” – Chris Young with Cassadee Pope
  • “You Are My Sunshine” – Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton

Video of the Year

  • “Burning House” – Cam, directed by Trey Fanjoy
  • “Fire Away” – Chris Stapleton, directed by Tim Mattia
  • “Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw, directed by Wes Edwards
  • “Record Year” – Eric Church, directed by Jon Peets and Reid Long
  • “Somewhere on a Beach” – Dierks Bentley, directed by Wes Edwards

Musician of the Year

  • Jerry Douglas – Dobro/Lap Steel Guitar
  • Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar
  • Dan Huff – Guitar
  • Brent Mason – Guitar
  • Derek Wells – Guitar

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