The 55th Annual CMA Awards NomineeS Are Here

The nominees for the COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION’s “55th Annual CMA Awards” brought good news for ERIC CHURCH and CHRIS STAPLETON, who are leading the pack with five nods each. Other artists scoring multiple nominations are GABBY BARRETT with four, and BROTHERS OSBORNE, KANE BROWN, LUKE COMBS, MIRANDA LAMBERT, ASHLEY McBRYDE, MAREN MORRIS and CHRIS YOUNG with three each. Producer JAY JOYCE and mix engineer JASON HALL also each scored four noms.

MIRANDA LAMBERT remains the most nominated woman in CMA history with this year’s three, taking her total to 58 career nominations. LAMBERT, COMBS, CHURCH, STAPLETON and CARRIE UNDERWOOD all scored nominations in the show’s top category, Entertainer of the Year.

Among those earning their first-ever CMA Award nomination this year are BROWN, JORDAN DAVIS, MICKEY GUYTON, RYAN HURD and DREW PARKER.

Winners, who are chosen by CMA members, will be revealed during the show’s live broadcast from NASHVILLE, set for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10th from 7-10p (CT) on ABC.

Here is the complete list of nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

  • “Famous Friends” – CHRIS YOUNG with KANE BROWN, Producers: COREY CROWDER, CHRIS YOUNG, Mix Engineer: SEAN MOFFITT
  • “The Good Ones” – GABBY BARRETT, Producers: ROSS COPPERMAN, ZACH KALE, Mix Engineers: CHRIS GALLAND, MANNY MARROQUIN, 
  • “Hell Of A View” – ERIC CHURCH, Producer: JAY JOYCE, Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE, 
  • “One Night Standards” – ASHLEY McBRYDE, Producer: JAY JOYCE, Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE  
  • “Starting Over” – CHRIS STAPLETON, Producers: DAVE COBB, CHRIS STAPLETON, Mix Engineer: VANCE POWELL

ALBUM OF THE YEAR  (Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

  • 29 – CARLY PEARCE, Producers: SHANE McANALLY, JOSH OSBORNE and JIMMY ROBBINS, Mix Engineer: RYAN GORE 
  • Dangerous: The Double Album – MORGAN WALLEN, Producers: DAVE COHEN, MATT DRAGSTREM, JACOB DURRETT, CHARLIE HANDSOME and JOEY MOI, Mix Engineer: JOEY MOI 
  • Heart – ERIC CHURCH, Producer: JAY JOYCE, Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE
  • Skeletons – BROTHERS OSBORNE, Producer: JAY JOYCE, Mix Engineers: JASON HALL, JAY JOYCE
  • Starting Over – CHRIS STAPLETON, Producers: DAVE COBB, CHRIS STAPLETON, Mix Engineer: VANCE POWELL

SONG OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Songwriter(s))

  • “Forever After All”, Songwriters: LUKE COMBS, DREW PARKER, ROBERT WILLIFORD, 
  • “The Good Ones”, Songwriters: GABBY BARRETT, ZACH KALE, EMILY LANDIS, JIM McCORMICK
  • “Hell Of A View”, Songwriters: CASEY BEATHARD, ERIC CHURCH, MONTY CRISWELL
  • “One Night Standards”, Songwriters: NICOLETTE HAYFORD, SHANE McANALLY, ASHLEY McBRYDE
  • “Starting Over”, Songwriters: MIKE HENDERSON, CHRIS STAPLETON 

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • LADY A 
  • LITTLE BIG TOWN  
  • MIDLAND
  • OLD DOMINION  
  • ZAC BROWN BAND

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR  

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist(s) and Producer(s))

  • “Buy Dirt” – JORDAN DAVIS and LUKE BRYAN, Producer: PAUL DIGIOVANNI 
  • “Chasing After You” – RYAN HURD with MAREN MORRIS, Producers: AARON ESHUIS, TEDDY REIMER
  • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – ELLE KING & MIRANDA LAMBERT, Producer: MARTIN JOHNSON
  • “Famous Friends” – ChHRIS YOUNG with KANE BROWN, Producers: COREY CROWDER, CHRIS YOUNG
  • “half of my hometown” – KELSEA BALLERINI (featuring KENNY CHESNEY), Producers: KELSEA BALLERINI, ROSS COPPERMAN, JIMMY ROBBINS

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR  

  • JENEE FLEENOR, Fiddle 
  • PAUL FRANKLIN, Steel Guitar 
  • AARON STERLING, Drums 
  • ILYA TOSHINSKIY, Banjo 
  • DEREK WELLS, Guitar 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s))

  • •“Chasing After You” – RYAN HURD with MAREN MORRIS, Director: TK McKAMY 
  • •“Famous Friends” – CHRIS YOUNG with KANE BROWN, Director: PETER ZAVADIL
  • •“Gone” – DIERKS BENTLEY, Directors: WES EDWARDS, TRAVIS NICHOLSON, ED PRYOR, RUNNIGN BEAR, SAM SISKE
  • •“half of my hometown” – KELSEA BALLERINI (featuring KENNY CHESNEY), Director: PATRICK TRACY
  • •“Younger Me” – BROTHERS OSBORNE, Director: REID LONG 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR  

  • JIMMIE ALLEN 
  • INGRID ANDRESS  
  • GABBY BARRETT  
  • MICKEY GUYTON
  • HARDY

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