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CMA Awards – Nominations, Snubs & Surprises!

by Nick Price
CMA Awards

There’s just as much controversy as excitement over the Country Music Awards (CMA Awards) nominations this year!

Miranda Lambert leads with the most nominations at seven, Luke Combs shortly follows with six. A full list of the nominations is at the bottom of the article.

With seven nominations, Miranda Lambert becomes the most nominated female artists in CMA Awards history with 55 nominations surpassing Reba McEntire at 51.

There was a few snubs this year. Kelsea Ballerini is a particular absent name, after receiving a nomination for CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year for the past five years.

“Last time this happened, I wrote Homecoming Queen the next day about the feeling. Something beautiful will undoubtedly come from the current disappointment. Nonetheless, congratulations to my friends and peers that got nominations. Proud to be part of the country family, always.” Said Ballerini via Twitter.

The CMA Awards will be broadcast on Wednesday, November 11, but details about venue, host and format are still to be announced.

Entertainer of the Year

Eric Church
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

Single of the Year

“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber); Dan Smyers, producer
“Beer Never Broke My Heart,” Luke Combs; Scott Moffatt, producer
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert; Jay Joyce, producer
“The Bones,” Maren Morris; Greg Kurstin, producer
“I Hope,” Gabby Barrett; Ross Cooperman, Zach Kale, producers

Album of the Year

Heartache Medication, Jon Pardi; Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi, producers
Never Will, Ashley McBryde; Jay Joyce, John Peets, producers
Old Dominion, Old Dominion; Shane McAnally, Old Dominion, producers
What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs; Scott Moffatt, producers
Wildcard, Miranda Lambert; Jay Joyce, producer

Song of the Year

“Bluebird” (Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert)
“The Bones” (Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz)
“Even Though I’m Leaving” (Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Ray Fulcher)
“I Hope You’re Happy Now” (Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Carly Pearce, Jonathan Singleton)
“More Hearts Than Mine” (Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, Derrick Southerland)

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

Musical Event of the Year

“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber); Dan Smyers, producer
“Be a Light,” Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban; Dann Huff, producer
“The Bones,” Maren Morris with Hozier; Greg Kurstin, producer
“Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” Miranda Lambert (feat. Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes & Caylee Hammack); Jay Joyce, producer
“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice; busbee, producer

Musician of the Year

Jenee Fleenor, fiddle
Paul Franklin, steel guitar
Rob McNelley, guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy, guitar
Derek Wells, guitar

Music Video of the Year

“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber); Patrick Tracy, director
“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert; Trey Fanjoy, director
“Homemade,” Jake Owen; Justin Clough, director
“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice; Sam Siske, director
“Second One to Know,” Chris Stapleton; David Coleman, director

New Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Carly Pearce
Morgan Wallen

Broadcast Personality of the Year (National)

“American Country Countdown” (Kix Brooks) – Westwood One
“The Blair Garner Show” (Blair Garner and “Off Eric” Garner) – Westwood One
“CMT After Midnite” (Cody Alan) – Premiere Network
“Country Countdown USA” (Lon Helton) – Westwood One
“The Mayor of Music Row” (Charlie Monk) – Sirius XM Satellite Radio

Broadcast Personality of the Year (Major Market)

“Angie Ward,” WUBL, Atlanta, Ga.
“Chris Carr & Company” (Chris Carr, Kia Becht and McKaila Granning), KEEY, Minneapolis-St Paul, Minn.
“Double-L” (Lois Lewis), KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.
“Fitz in the Morning” (Cory Fitzner), KNUC, Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
“Paul Schadt & Sarah Lee in the Morning with Producer Geof” (Paul Schadt, Sarah Lee and Geof Knight), WKKT, Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C.

Broadcast Personality of the Year (Large Market)

The Big Dave Show (“Big Dave” Chandler, Chelsie Shinkle, Jason Statt & Ashley Hempfling), WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
“Jim, Deb & Kevin” (Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt and Kevin Freeman), WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.
“Lexi & Banks” (“Lexi” Elena Abatgis and “Banks” Jared Danielson), KUBL, Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
“Obie & Ashley” (“Obie” Obed Diaz and Ashley Morrison), WWKA, Orlando, Fla.
“Ridder, Scott and Shannen” (“Ridder” Shaun Ridderbush, Scot Dolphin and Shannen Oesterreich), WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wisc.

Broadcast Personality of the Year (Medium Market)

“Brent Michaels” –KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.
“Clay & Company” (Clay Moden, Rob Banks, and Val Townsend) –WYRK, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
“Kenn McCloud” –KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.
“Scott and Sarah in the Morning” (Scott Wynn and Sarah Kay) –WQMX, Akron, Ohio
“Steve & Gina In The Morning” (Steve Lundy and Gina Melton) –KXKT, Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa

Broadcast Personality of the Year (Small Market)

“Big Rick In The Morning” (“Big Rick” Daniels) –WGGC, Bowling Green, Ky.
“Bobby & Steve (and Mandi!)” (Bobby Cook, Steve Schwetman and Mandi Turner) –WKYQ, Paducah, Ky.
“Brent and Candy -The Cat Pak Morning Show” (Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton) –WYCT, Pensacola, Fla.
“Officer Don & DeAnn” (“Officer Don” Evans and DeAnn Stephens) –WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
“Steve And Jessica Mornings” (Steve Waters and Jessica Cash) –WFLS, Fredericksburg, Va.

Radio Station of the Year (Major Market)

KNUC, Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
KSCS, Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX.
KYGO, Denver-Boulder, Colo.
WXTU, Philadelphia, Pa.
WYCD, Detroit, Mich.

Radio Station of the Year (Large Market)

KNCI, Sacramento, CA.
KUBL, Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wisc.
WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
WWKA, Orlando, Fla.

Radio Station of the Year (Medium Market)

KATM, Modesto, Calif.
WHKO, Dayton, Ohio
WQMX, Akron, Ohio
WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
WXCY, Wilmington, Del.

Radio Station of the Year (Small Market)

KKNU, Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
WBYT, South Bend, Ind.
WKXC, Augusta, Ga.
WXBQ, Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.
WXFL, Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala.

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