2018 CMA Awards: Nominees Announced

2018 cma awards nominees

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The 2018 CMA Awards nominees have been revealed! Check out which country music artists earned more than one nod right here...

The 2018 CMA Awards nominees have been made public! Country music phenom Chris Stapleton tops the list of finalists with five nominations. Producer and musician Dann Huff receives four nominations, while nine country acts garner three nods each—Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, Thomas Rhett, and Keith Urban.

Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, and Sugarland appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America this morning, live from Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink, Bryan’s new restaurant and bar in downtown Nashville, to reveal six of the 12 categories on air. Immediately following the broadcast, Dan + Shay and Sugarland announced the remaining six categories in addition to the CMA Broadcast Awards nominees via Good Morning America’s website, Facebook Page, and YouTube channel.

As previously revealed, country stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return as hosts for the eleventh consecutive year. The event will broadcast live from Nashville’s  Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8/7c via the ABC Television Network.

Check out the list of nominees below!

2018 CMA Awards Nominees

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Album of the Year (*Awarded to Artists/ Producers) 

From a Room Vol. 2, Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton)
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves (Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian and Kacey Musgraves)
Graffiti U, Keith Urban (Producers: Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, JR Rotem, Josh Kerr, Jason Evigan, Greg Wells, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Jesse Shatkin, Jimmy Robbins, Oscar Holter, Matt Rad, Eric Valentine, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mike Elizondo, Captain Cuts, Ross Copperman, Dann Huff and Peter Karlsson)
Life Changes, Thomas Rhett (Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London and Thomas Rhett)
The Mountain, Dierks Bentley (Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart and Arturo Buenahora Jr.)

New Artist of the Year

Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Chris Janson
Midland
Brett Young

Song of the Year (*Awarded to Songwriters)

“Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt (Sam Hunt, Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton (Chris Stapleton, Mike Henderson)
“Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert (Josh Thompson, Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton)
“Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson (Chris Janson, Scooter Caruso, Tom Douglas)
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers, Nicole Gallyon, Jordan Reynolds)

Single of the Year (*Awarded to Artists, Producers, & Mix Engineers)

“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton (Producers: Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton; Mix Engineer: Vance Powell)
“Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland (Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne; Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank)
“Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean Feat. Miranda Lambert (Producer: Michael Knox; Mix Engineer: Jeff Braun)
“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha Feat. Florida Georgia Line (Producer: Willshire; Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea)
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay (Producer: Scott Hendricks and Dan Smyers; Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano)

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum
Lanco
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Sugarland

Musical Event of the Year

“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne
“Dear Hate,” Maren Morris with Vince Gill
“Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean with Miranda Lambert
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy with Kenny Chesney
“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rehxa with Florida Georgia Line

Music Video of the Year (*Awarded to Artists and Directors)

“Babe,” Sugarland Feat. Taylor Swift (Director: Anthony Mandler)
“Cry Pretty,” Carrie Underwood (Director: Randee St. Nicholas)
“Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson (Director: Jeff Venable)
“Marry Me,” Thomas Rhett (Director: TK McKamy)
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay (Director: Patrick Tracy)

Musician of the Year

Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Mac McAnally
Derek Wells

Congrats to all of the nominees! Share this update with other country music fans! 

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