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Nominees for the 51st Annual CMA Awards were announced on Good Morning America Monday morning (September 4). Lauren Alaina, Brothers Osborne and Dustin Lynch announced the nominees live on GMA, with Miranda Lambert leading all nominees with 5, followed closely by Keith Urban and Little Big Town who received 4 each.
Lambert responded to the nominations on social media with a celebratory photo and a heartfelt thank you.
A fact that can’t go unnoticed is that no female artists were nominated for Entertainer of the Year and most of the other categories contained mostly male nominees. The nominations are a testament to the tough time that female artists have had in recent years.
And, for the second straight year, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean were snubbed by the CMA.
Another fact worth noting is that former CMA Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift was nominated for Song of the Year for her song “Better Man,” recorded by Little Big Town.
See the full list of nominations below.
Entertainer of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Album of the Year
Little Big Town, The Breaker
Chris Stapleton, From A Room: Vol. 1
Lady Antebellum, Heart Break
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, The Nashville Sound
Miranda Lambert, The Weight of These Wings
New Artist of the Year
Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt (Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert (Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall)
“Better Man,” Little Big Town (Taylor Swift)
“Dirt on My Boots,” Jon Pardi (Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley)
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban (Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen)
Single of the Year
Little Big Town, “Better Man”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color ”
Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road
Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”
Miranda Lambert, “Tin Man”
Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band
Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Musical Event of the Year
Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris, “Craving You”
Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson, “Funny How Time Slips Away”
Eric Church feat. Rhiannon Giddens, “Kill a Word”
Kenny Chesney with Pink, “Setting the World on Fire”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, “Speak to a Girl”
Music Video of the Year
“Better Man,” Little Big Town
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban
“Craving You,” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
“Vice,” Miranda Lambert
“It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne
Musician of the Year