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2016 CMA Awards Nominations Leave Fans Shocked As Some Of Country Music's Finest Are Excluded

Maren morris Songs | 2016 CMA Awards Nominations Leave Fans Shocked As Some Of Country Music's Finest Are Excluded | Country Music Videos
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Keith Urban, Cam and Dierks Bentley were live from the Grand Ole Opry House this morning as they announced the CMA Awards nominees on Good Morning America. There were a number of surprises this year including the fact that Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean were locked out of the nominations.

Leading the pack with the most nominations are Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, and Maren Morris who are in a three-way tie with five nominations each. 

Maren Morris is giving the guys a run for their money as a first-time nominee with nods in the Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and single, song and New Artist of the Year categories.

Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban received four nominations each with Underwood receiving her first ever Entertainer of the Year nod. 

Tim McGraw is proving that longevity in the industry is still possible as his three awards nominations come more than 20 years after winning the CMA's Horizon Award in 1994. 

Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Cam, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, and Thomas Rhett each received two nominations two categories.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will take the hosting helm for the 9th time when the 50th annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena 8 p.m. EST/7 CST November 2nd on ABC.

See the full list of nominees below:

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

Eric Church

Tim McGraw

Chris Stapleton

Dierks Bentley

Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band


Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osbourne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Joey + Rory

Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Brothers Osbourne

Maren Morris

Old Dominion

Cole Swindell

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


Song of the Year (Award goes to songwriter)

"Die a Happy Man," Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, Joe Spargur

"Humble and Kind," Lori McKenna

"My Church," busbee, Maren Morris

"Record Year," Eric Church, Jeff Hyde

"Burning House," Cam, Tyler Johnson, Jeff Bhasker

Album of the Year

Hero, Maren Morris

Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church

Storyteller, Carrie Underwood

Black, Dierks Bentley

Ripcord, Keith Urban


Musical Event of the Year

"Different for Girls," Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King

"Home Alone Tonight," Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild

"The Fighter," Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood

"Think of You," Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)

"You Are My Sunshine," Morgane Stapleton with Chirs Stapleton


Music Video of the Year

"Fire Away," Chris Stapleton

"Humble and Kind," Tim McGraw

"Record Year," Eric Church

"Somewhere on a Beach," Dierks Bentley

"Burning House," Cam


Musician of the Year

Jerry Douglas (Dobro/Lap Steel Guitar)

Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)

Dann Huff (Guitar)

Brent Mason (Guitar)

Derek Wells (Guitar)

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