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Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert Lead 2017 CMA Awards Nominees, Taylor Swift Earns First Nomination in Three Years

Kick up your boots!  Nominations for the 51st Annual CMA Awards have officially been announced and there is some pretty stiff competition going on in the 6 main categories.

On Monday morning, country music stars Lauren Alaina, Dustin Lynch and Brothers Osborne announced the nominees on Good Morning America for the main categories including the top two honors of New Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.  Nominees for the additional categories were revealed later on in the day.

Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert top the list for most nominations with five each including going head-to-head against each other in the categories for Music Video of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year.  Trailing just behind them is Little Big Town with four nominations including one for their hit song Better Man.  Nominated for Song of the Year, Better Man also brings Taylor Swift back to her country roots and presents her with her first CMA nod in three years as the songwriter for the hit tune.

The CMA Awards will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the duos 10th time emceeing the night.  The show will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 8th at 8 pm EST on ABC.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Maren Morris
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

New Artist of the Year
Luke Combs
Old Dominion
Jon Pardi
Brett Young
Lauren Alaina

Music Video of the Year
“Better Man” – Little Big Town, Directors: Becky Fluke and Reid Long
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban, Director: Carter Smith
“Craving You” – Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris, Director: TK McKamy
“It Ain’t My Fault” – Brothers Osborne, Directors: Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver
“Vice” – Miranda Lambert, Director: Trey Fanjoy

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
LOCASH
Maddie & Tae
Brothers Osborne

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Single of the Year
“Better Man,” Little Big Town
“Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban
“Body Like A Back Road,” Sam Hunt
“Dirt On My Boots,” Jon Pardi
“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year
The Breaker, Little Big Town
From A Room: Volume 1, Chris Stapleton
Heart Break, Lady Antebellum
The Nashville Sound, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
The Weight of These Wings, Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year
“Better Man” – Little Big Town, Songwriter: Taylor Swift
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” – Keith Urban, Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen
“Body Like A Back Road” – Sam Hunt, Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
“Dirt On My Boots” – John Pardi – Songwriters: Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley
“Tin Man” – Miranda Lambert, Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Musical Event of the Year
“Craving You,” Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
“Funny How Time Slips Away,” Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson
“Kill A Word,” Eric Church feat. Rhiannon Giddens
“Setting the World on Fire,” Kenny Chesney feat. Pink
“Speak to a Girl,” Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)

 

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