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46th Annual CMA Awards Nominees Announced, and Eric Church Leads the Way

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This year’s Country Music Awards Nominees have been announced. It may double out as a coming out party for Eric Church, leads the way with the most nominations. And several familiar, award-winning artists following closely behind.

Church tops the list of final nominees for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” with five nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, plus Song, Single, and Music Video of the Year.

The reigning CMA Female and Male Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton each received four nominations. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, and Taylor Swift each received three nominations.

The CMA’s will air live, Thursday November 1st at 7:00 central time on ABC television. The show will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

the full list of CMA Awards nominees

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big & Rich
Love and Theft
Sugarland
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year

Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

Album of the Year

Luke Bryan, Tailgates and Tanlines
Eric Church, Chief
Miranda Lambert, Four the Record
Dierks Bentley, Home
Lady Antebellum, Own the Night

Song of the Year

Eli Young Band, “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” – written by Will Hoge and Eric Paslay
Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You” – written by Dave Barnes
Dierks Bentley, “Home” – written by Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson and Brett Beavers
Miranda Lambert, “Over You” – written by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
Eric Church, “Springsteen” – written by Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell

Single of the Year

Jason Aldean, “Dirt Road Anthem”
Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You”
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”

Musical Event of the Year

‘Dixie Highway,’ Alan Jackson and Zac Brown Band
‘Feel Like a Rock Star,’ Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,’ Willie Nelson feat. Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson
‘Safe and Sound,’ Taylor Swift featuring the Civil Wars
‘Stuck on You,’ Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker

Music Video of the Year

Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Kenny Chesney, “Come Over”
Miranda Lambert, “Over You”
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup”

Musician of the Year

Sam Bush
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
Mac McAnally

What do you think? Is there anyone left off the list that you think should have been nominated?

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