Hosted by Brad Paisley and
Carrie Underwood, the 2016 CMA Awards Airs Live From the Bridgestone Arena in
Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 2 on the ABC Television Network
NASHVILLE – Eric
Church, Maren Morris, and Chris Stapleton
top the list of final nominees for “The 50th Annual CMA Awards” with five
nominations each. This year’s finalists represent the depth and range of Country
Music over the past five decades from soulful traditionalists to contemporary groundbreakers.
“I am very excited about
this year’s list of nominees,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief
Executive Officer. “We have artists who received their first CMA Awards nominations
decades ago alongside first-timers; we have critically-acclaimed songwriters and
artists who have reset the bar for Country Music. This is going to be an exciting
year in addition to celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards.”
Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban received four nominations
and Tim McGraw received three nominations for trophies that will
be handed out on Country Music’s Biggest Night™.
“The 50th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by
Brad Paisley and Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone
Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov.
2 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
For the first time on ABC’s “Good
Morning America,” the announcement of the final nominees in six of the 12 CMA
Awards categories was made live from the historic stage of the Grand Ole Opry
House in Nashville, which was home to the annual CMA Awards broadcast from 1974
to 2004. The announcement was made by Bentley, Cam, and Urban.
Following “Good Morning America” the six remaining categories were announced
by the nominated trio of artists on GoodMorningAmerica.com on Yahoo! as well as the
“Good Morning America” Facebook page through Facebook Live – making the
announcements a complete ABC takeover for the second year.
Church’s nominations include
Male Vocalist; Album of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood, which was produced
by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.; Single
of the Year for “Record Year,” which was produced by Joyce and mix engineered
by Joyce and Jason Hall; Song of the Year for “Record Year,”
which was written by Church and Jeff Hyde; and Music Video of
the Year for “Record Year,” which was directed by Reid Long
and John Peets. Church is a top nominee for the second year in
a row, matching the five nominations he received in 2015. He now has a total of
22 nominations since his first in 2011 for New Artist of the Year.
Morris didn’t just score
her first nomination this year; she scored five, which ties her with Deana Carter
(1997), K.T. Oslin (1988), and Gretchen Wilson (2004) for five nods in a debut
year by a female artist. Only Kacey Musgraves has more, having received six nominations in 2013.
Morris received nominations
for Female Vocalist; Album of the Year for Hero, which was produced by
busbee, Brad Hill, and Morris; Single of the
Year for “My Church,” which was produced by busbee and Morris and mix engineered
by busbee and Dave Clauss; Song of the Year for “My Church,”
which was written by Morris and busbee; and New Artist of the Year. Morris only
receives one nomination each for Album and Single of the Year, but can receive
additional trophies as producer.
After Stapleton’s breakout year in 2015 when he had three
nominations and went home with four trophies for Album (including producer), Male
Vocalist, and New Artist of the Year, he is back in 2016 with five nominations,
including his first for Entertainer of the Year.
His list of nods this year also includes Male Vocalist;
Single of the Year for “Nobody To Blame,” which was produced by Stapleton
and Dave Cobb and mix engineered by Vance Powell;
Music Video of the Year for “Fire Away,” which was directed by Tim
Mattia; and Musical Event of the Year with life and stage partner Morgane
Stapleton (her first nomination) for “You Are My Sunshine.” Stapleton
only receives one nomination for Single of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.
Bentley, a 20-time nominee
and two-time winner including the Horizon Award in 2005 (now New Artist of the
Year) and Music Video of the Year in 2014 for “Drunk On A Plane,” will vie
for Male Vocalist; Album for Black, which was produced by Ross
Copperman and Buenahora; Music Video for “Somewhere On A Beach,”
which was directed by Wes Edwards; and Musical Event of the Year
for “Different for Girls” with Elle King (her first CMA Awards nomination).
Underwood is a first-time
nominee in the Entertainer of the Year category. She also received nominations
in Album of the Year for Storyteller, which was produced by Joyce, Mark
Bright, and Zach Crowell; and Musical Event of the Year
for “The Fighter” with Urban. She is also nominated for Female Vocalist, which
she has won three times (2006-2008).
Urban, who has been a nominee every year since 2004, received
four CMA Awards nominations in 2016 including Entertainer of the Year, which he
won in 2005. Urban’s other nominations include Male Vocalist; Album of the Year
for Ripcord, which was produced by Urban, Dann Huff,
Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Greg Wills,
Nile Rodgers, busbee, K-Kov, Nathan
Chapman, and Jonny Price; and Musical Event of the Year
for “The Fighter,” featuring Underwood. Urban only receives one nomination
for Album of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.
Urban has won the Musical
Event category four times including “Start A Band” with Paisley (2009); “Highway
Don’t Care” with McGraw and Taylor Swift (2013); “We Were Us” with Miranda
Lambert (2014); and “Raise ‘Em Up,” featuring Church (2015).
McGraw, a 38-time CMA Awards
nominee, received three nominations including Male Vocalist (his last nomination
in the category was 2003); Single of the Year for “Humble and Kind,” which
was produced by McGraw and Byron Gallimore (Gallimore also mix
engineered the song); and Music Video of the Year for “Humble and Kind,” which
was directed by Edwards. He last won the Music Video category in 2013 for “Highway
Don’t Care” with Swift and Urban. McGraw only receives one nomination for
Single of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.
Artists receiving two nominations
include Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Cam, Old
Dominion, Brothers Osborne, and Thomas Rhett.
Ballerini, who received
her first CMA Awards nominations in 2015, received her second nods for both Female
Vocalist and New Artist of the Year.
Bryan, who is the reigning Entertainer of the Year, is nominated
again in 2016 (he received his first nomination in the category in 2013). He is
also nominated for Musical Event of the Year for “Home Alone Tonight,” featuring
Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town.
Cam is a first-time nominee in 2016 with recognition
from the industry for Song of the Year for “Burning House,” which she wrote
with Johnson and Bhasker; and Music Video of the Year for “Burning House,”
which was directed by Trey Fanjoy. In addition to announcing
the final nominees on “Good Morning America,” Cam also notified CMA Broadcast
Award finalists for Personality and Radio Station of the Year via personalized video messages.
Old Dominion is also a
first-time nominee in 2016, contending for Vocal Group and New Artist of the Year.
Brothers Osborne are nominated
for Vocal Duo and New Artist of the Year.
Thomas Rhett’s two nominations included Single of
the Year for “Die a Happy Man,” which was produced by Huff and Jesse
Frasure and mix engineered by Justin Niebank; and Song
of the Year for “Die a Happy Man,” which was written by Thomas Rhett, Sean
Douglas, and Joe Spargur.
A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame,
Garth Brooks returns to the Entertainer of the Year category after being
nominated in 2015. He has won four times (1991, 1992, 1997, 1998) tying him with
Kenny Chesney for the most wins in the category. He has a career total of 11 CMA
trophies and 32 nominations.
Miranda Lambert, who is the most awarded female
in CMA Awards history with 12 wins and 39 nominations, received a nomination for
Female Vocalist of the Year (she is a six-time, consecutive winner in the category).
Kacey Musgraves, who won New Artist of the Year in 2013 and Song
of the Year in 2014, is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.
Joining Old Dominion in
the Vocal Group of the Year category are several returning winners including Lady
Antebellum, who have won three times (2009-2011); Little Big
Town, who have won four times (2012-2015); Rascal Flatts,
who have won six times (2003-2008); and Zac Brown Band, who have
been nominated every year since 2009.
Joining Brothers Osborne in the Vocal Duo of the Year
category are returning nominees Dan + Shay who received their
first nomination in 2014; Joey + Rory, who were nominated twice
(2009-2010); Maddie & Tae, who received their first nomination
in the category in 2015; and Florida Georgia Line, who have won
three consecutive years (2013-2015).
With three acts debuting in the New Artist of the Year category
(Brothers Osborne, Morris, and Old Dominion) two are returning: Ballerini, who
was nominated for New Artist for the first time in 2015 and Cole Swindell,
who was a New Artist nominee in 2014. Artists can only be included in this category twice.
Rounding out the Musical
Event of the Year category is the No. 1 Chris Young and Cassadee
Pope duet, “Think of You,” which marks Pope’s first CMA Awards nomination.
who won Song of the Year in 2015 with Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey for “Girl
Crush,” is nominated for Song of the Year again in 2016 for McGraw’s “Humble
and Kind.” Song of the Year is presented to the songwriters.
The Musician of the Year category
includes Jerry Douglas (dobro/lap steel guitar), Paul
Franklin (steel guitar), Huff (guitar), Brent Mason
(guitar), and first-time nominee Derek Wells (guitar).
Winners of “The 50th
Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible
voting CMA members. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members
Monday, Oct. 10. Voting for the
CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday,
Oct. 25 (6:00 PM/CT). Ballots will be tabulated by the professional services
organization Deloitte & Touche LLP.