CMA Award Nominees Are In And Laney Wilson Tops The List With 6 Nominations

The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION nominees for the 56TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS are here! Leading the nominee list and her first time ever being nominated ,Lainey Wilson, has six nominations total. Other top nominees include Ashley McBrde, Carly Pearce, Chris Stapleton and Songwriter/Producer Shane McAnally with five nominations each. Cody Johnson and Songwriter/Producer Josh Osborne both picked up 4 nominations. Luke Combs, HARDY, Miranda Lambert, MIDLAND and Carrie Underwood all got 3 nominations apiece. 

Miranda Lambert continues to add to her total as the most nominated female artist of all time, bringing her total to 61 which is now third overall, only trailing George Strait (83) and Alan Jackson (81).

The first-time CMA Awards nominees include BRELAND, ALEXA CAMPBELL, JACK CLARKE, DAN GRECH-MARGUERAT, JACOB DAVIS, DUSTIN HANEY, WALKER HAYES, JOSH JENKINS, MATT JENKINS, JASON LEHNING, BLAKE LIVELY, CHIP MATTHEWS, PARKER MCCOLLUM, MICHAEL MONACO, JASON NIX, MIKEY REAVES, HARPER SMITH, TRENT WILLMON, and the nomination leader herself, LAINEY WILSON.

CMA CEO SARAH TRAHERN said, “It’s thrilling to celebrate these deserving nominees while our industry is returning to live music. This year’s slate is impressive, with some nominees logging historic milestones while others are just getting started. No matter what stage in their career, they each bring a unique voice and unforgettable story to life, showing that Country Music is stronger than ever! We look forward to honoring them this NOVEMBER.”

Winners, who are chosen by CMA members, will be revealed during the show’s live broadcast from NASHVILLE, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 on ABC with hosts LUKE BRYAN and PEYTON MANNING.

Here is the complete list of nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • LUKE COMBS  
  • MIRANDA LAMBERT   
  • CHRIS STAPLETON 
  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD  
  • MORGAN WALLEN

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

  • “Buy Dirt” – JORDAN DAVIS featuring LUKE BRYAN
    Producer: PAUL DIGIOVANNI
    Mix Engineer: JIM COOLEY
  • “half of my hometown” – KELSEA BALLERINI (feat. KENNY CHESNEY)
    Producers: KELSEA BALLERINI, ROSS COPPERMAN, JIMMY ROBBINS
    Mix Engineer: DAN GRECH-MARGUERAT
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – CARLY PEARCE and ASHLEY MCBRYDE
    Producers: SHANE MCANALLY, JOSH OSBORNE
    Mix Engineer: RYAN GORE
  • “’Til You Can’t” – CODY JOHNSON
    Producer: TRENT WILLMON
    Mix Engineer: JACK CLARKE
  • “You Should Probably Leave” – 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)

  • Growin’ Up – LUKE COMBS
     Producers: LUKE COMBS, CHIP MATTHEWS, JONATHAN SINGLETON
     Mix Engineers: JIM COOLEY, CHIP MATTHEWS
  • Humble Quest – MAREN MORRIS
     Producer: GREG KURSTIN
     Mix Engineer: SERBAN GHENEA
  • Palomino – MIRANDA LAMBERT
     Producers: LUKE DICK, MIRANDA LAMBERT, JON RANDALL, MIKEY REAVES
     Mix Engineer: JASON LEHNING
  • Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ – LAINEY WILSON
     Producer: JAY JOYCE
     Mix Engineer: F. REID SHIPPEN
  • Time, Tequila & Therapy – OLD DOMINION
     Producers: SHANE MCANALLY, OLD DOMINION
     Mix Engineer: JUSTIN NIEBANK

SONG OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Songwriters

  • “Buy Dirt”
     Songwriters: JACOB DAVIS, JORDAN DAVIS, JOSH JENKINS, MATT JENKINS
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl”
     Songwriters: SHANE MCANALLY, ASHLEY MCBRYDE, CARLY PEARCE
  • “Sand In My Boots”
     Songwriters: ASHLEY GORLEY, MICHAEL HARDY, JOSH OSBORNE
  • “Things A Man Oughta Know”
     Songwriters: JASON NIX, JONATHAN SINGLETON, LAINEY WILSON
  • “You Should Probably Leave”
     Songwriters: CHRIS DUBOIS, ASHLEY GORLEY, CHRIS STAPLETON

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR  

  • MIRANDA LAMBERT
  • ASHLEY MCBRYDE
  • CARLY PEARCE
  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD
  • LAINEY WILSON

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • ERIC CHURCH
  • LUKE COMBS
  • CODY JOHNSON
  • CHRIS STAPLETON
  • MORGAN WALLEN

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

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

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR 

  • BROOKS & DUNN
  • BROTHERS OSBORNE
  • DAN + SHAY
  • LOCASH
  • MADDIE & TAE 

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

  • “Beers On Me” – DIERKS BENTLEY with BRELAND & HARDY
     Producers: DIERKS BENTLEY, ROSS COPPERMAN
  • “If I Didn’t Love You” – JASON ALDEAN & CARRIE UNDERWOOD
     Producer: MICHAEL KNOX
  • “Longneck Way To Go” – MIDLAND (featuring JON PARDI)
     Producers: DANN HUFF, SHANE MCANALLY, JOSH OSBORNE
  • “Never Say Never” – COLE SWINDELL (with LAINEY WILSON)
     Producer: ZACH CROWELL
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – CARLY PEARCE and ASHLEY MCBRYDE
     Producers: SHANE MCANALLY, JOSH OSBORNE

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • JENEE FLEENOR, Fiddle
  • PAUL FRANKLIN, Steel guitar
  • BRENT MASON, Guitar
  • ILYA TOSHINSKIY, Banjo
  • DEREK WELLS, Guitar

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

  • “I Bet You Think About Me” (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault) – TAYLOR SWIFT (featuring CHRIS STAPLETON)
     Director: BLAKE LIVELY
  • “Longneck Way To Go” – MIDLAND (featuring JON PARDI)
     Director: HARPER SMITH
  • “Never Say Never” – COLE SWINDELL (with LAINEY WILSON)
     Director: MICHAEL MONACO
  • “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” – CARLY PEARCE and ASHLEY MCBRYDE
     Director: ALEXA CAMPBELL
  • “’Til You Can’t” – CODY JOHNSON
     Director: DUSTIN HANEY 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

  • HARDY
  • WALKER HAYES
  • CODY JOHNSON
  • PARKER MCCOLLUM
  • LAINEY WILSON 

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