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KACEY MUSGRAVES AND TAYLOR SWIFT TOP THE LIST

KACEY MUSGRAVES AND TAYLOR SWIFT
TOP THE LIST

OF NOMINEES FOR “THE 47th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” WITH SIX NOMINATIONS EACH;
BLAKE SHELTON PICKS UP FIVE NOMINATIONS AND MIRANDA LAMBERT RECEIVES THREE SOLO
NOMINATIONS PLUS TWO MORE WITH PISTOL ANNIES


Hosted by Brad
Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the Sixth Year, the 2013 CMA Awards Airs Live
From the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville
Wednesday, Nov. 6 on ABC

NASHVILLE
Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift top the list of
final nominees for “The 47
th Annual CMA Awards” with six nominations each. The
reigning CMA Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert and Entertainer
and Male Vocalist of the Year
Blake Shelton each received
five nominations (Lambert received three individual nominations and an additional
two with
Pistol Annies). Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban each received
four nominations for “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.”

“The
47
th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the sixth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov.
6
(8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

For the eighth
time, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories
was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with
Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia
Line delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. They
then went to the Best Buy Theater to announce the finalists in the remaining seven
categories during a press conference that was made available across the world
via live stream at
CMAawards.com.  

“It was
terrific to be able to announce our nominees for Country Music’s top honors
on the world’s biggest stage and be able to share it with the industry and fans,”
said
Ed Hardy, President of the CMA Board of Directors.  

Musgraves,
who is a first-time nominee in 2013, has six nominations spanning several categories
including those where she will be competing against herself for voters’ attention.
She is nominated for Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year; and picked up
two more nominations for Album of the Year for
Same Trailer Different
Park
and Single of the Year for “Merry Go ‘Round,” which she produced with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally.
In the Song of the Year category (which is presented to songwriters) she
is nominated twice, once for “Merry Go ‘Round” with songwriters
Josh Osborne and McAnally and
for Lambert’s hit “Mama’s Broken Heart” with songwriters
Brandy Clark and McAnally.

Swift is
no stranger to CMA voters and received another six nominations this year including
Entertainer of the Year; Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year for
Red, which was produced
by
Jeff Bhasker, Scott Borchetta, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee,
Max Martin, Shellback, Butch Walker, Dan Wilson
and Swift; and three nominations
for “Highway Don’t Care” with
Tim McGraw and Urban for
Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year. Swift now has 21 CMA Awards
nominations and seven wins including her first in 2007 for the Horizon Award (now
New Artist of the Year) and two for Entertainer of the Year (2009, 2011), which
ties her with Barbara Mandrell for wins in that category by a female artist.

Shelton
was close behind with five nominations, including Entertainer; Male Vocalist;
Album of the Year for
Based on a True Story (produced by Scott Hendricks); and Music Video
(directed by
Trey Fanjoy) and Musical Event of the Year for
“Boys ‘Round Here” featuring Pistol Annies (Lambert,
Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley), who make their
debut as nominees this year. 

In addition to Pistol Annies’ nominations,
Lambert received three of her own including Female Vocalist; and Music Video (directed
by Fanjoy) and Single of the Year (produced by
Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Chuck Ainlay) for “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

Newcomers
to the CMA Awards nominees list, Florida Georgia Line picked up four nominations
and brought
Nelly along for the ride. Their nominations included Vocal
Duo; New Artist of the Year; Single of the Year for “Cruise,” which was produced
by
Joey Moi; and Musical Event of the Year with the rapper for
the remix of “Cruise,” which has sold more than 5.5 million digital downloads.

Urban also
received four nominations in 2013 including Male Vocalist of the Year, which he
has won three times (2004-2006); and three more (Single, Musical Event, and Music
Video of the Year) with McGraw and Swift for “Highway Don’t Care.”

Three was
the lucky number for several artists picking up three nominations including
Jason Aldean, Luke
Bryan
, Little Big Town, McGraw, and Underwood.

Aldean
picked up nominations for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, and Musical Event of the
Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Bryan and
Eric Church.

Bryan received
his first Entertainer of the Year nomination in 2013. He is also nominated for
Male Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Aldean and Church.

Reigning
CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town received three nominations including
their eighth Vocal Group of the Year nod; Album of the Year for
Tornado, which was produced
by
Jay Joyce; and Music Video of the Year for “Tornado,” which
was directed by
Shane Drake. Songwriters Natalie Hemby, Laird, and Barry Dean picked up a Song
of the Year nomination for the foursome’s hit “Pontoon.”

McGraw’s
nominations centered on his poignant “Highway Don’t Care” with Swift and
Urban. The song was nominated for Music Video of the Year (directed by Drake);
Single of the Year, which was produced by
Byron Gallimore and McGraw; and
Musical Event of the Year. McGraw claimed the Musical Event of the Year trophy
with Kenny Chesney in 2012 for “Feel Like a Rock Star.”

CMA Awards
host Underwood received three nominations in 2013 for Female Vocalist of the Year;
Album of the Year for
Blown Away (produced by Mark Bright); and Music Video
of the Year for “Blown Away,” which was directed by
Randee St. Nicholas.

Three artists
received two nominations each: Church
, Kelly Clarkson, and Lady Antebellum.

The reigning
CMA Album of the Year winner, Church received nominations for Male Vocalist of
the Year and Musical Event of the Year with Aldean and Bryan for “The Only Way
I Know.” Church received his first CMA Awards nomination in 2011 for New Artist of the Year.

Clarkson
has become a recurring fixture on the list of nominees. In 2013, she is nominated
for Female Vocalist and Musical Event of the Year with
Vince Gill for “Don’t
Rush.” She won the category in 2011 for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Aldean
and made her debut in the Female Vocalist of the Year category in 2012. Clarkson
has a previous nomination for Musical Event of the Year with Reba for “Because of You” in 2007.

Lady Antebellum
received nominations for Vocal Group of the Year (a trophy they have won three
times) and Music Video of the Year for “Downtown,” which was directed by
Peter Zavadil.

George
Strait
enters the field of nominees again in 2013 in the coveted Entertainer
of the Year category. Strait is now the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history
with 82, breaking a previous tie with Alan Jackson. Strait was last nominated
for Entertainer of the Year in 2009. He now has a total of 18 nominations for
the top Award and has won Entertainer of the Year two times (1989, 1990).

Accolades
keep rolling for “Wagon Wheel” and
Darius Rucker. Rucker and producer
Frank Rogers picked up a nomination for Single of the Year and songwriters
Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor received a nomination
for Song of the Year.

The list of nominees for Vocal Group of the Year in
2013 mirrors the list from 2012 with repeat appearances by
Eli Young Band,
Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, and Zac Brown Band.

The Vocal
Duo of the Year category has some returning favorites, too, including 11-time
CMA Awards nominee
Big & Rich; newbies to the category Florida Georgia
Line;
Love and Theft; Sugarland, who have claimed
the trophy five times (2007-2011);
The Civil Wars, which brings
their Awards nominations tally to four; and
Thompson Square, who won the trophy in 2012.

Four acts
debut in the New Artist of the Year category in 2013 including
Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia
Line,
Kip Moore, and Musgraves. Lee Brice is nominated for
a second time in the category. Artists can only be included in this category two
times. Brice’s song “I Drive Your Truck” was a nominee for songwriters
Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary with a Song of the Year nod.

The Musician
of the Year category mirrors 2012 with
Sam Bush (mandolin), who
was nominated in the category for the first time in 2011; along with
Paul Franklin (steel guitar);
Huff (guitar);
Brent Mason (guitar); and the current title holder
Mac McAnally (guitar).

Winners of “The 47th Annual CMA Awards”
will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the
Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international
accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will
be emailed to CMA members
Thursday, Oct. 10. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot
ends
Monday, Oct. 28 (5:00 PM/CT).

The CMA Awards nominees and winners
are determined by more than 7,000 industry professional members of CMA, which
was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization to promote an individual genre
of music. The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following
year, the CMA Awards was broadcast for the first time – making it the longest-running,
annual music awards program on network television. The CMA Awards moved to ABC
in 2006, where it will remain through 2021.

A video highlights package
including footage of the nominee announcements, interviews, music video clips,
and more will be serviced
today, Sept. 10 (3:00-3:30 PM/ET; 2:00-2:30 PM/CT).

The video
highlights  package will be available via satellite at GALAXY 17 (KU) Digital,
Transponder 13 – Ch D, 9 MHz, Downlink Frequency: 11973.5 (H), FEC: 
¾, Symbol Rate: 6.1113. In addition, the video highlights package will be
available via FTP download at http://www.vistaworldlink.com/CMA/.

If you
have difficulty picking up the video highlights package or have questions about
the feed, please contact
Scott Sklarin with Sklarin Communications at (917)
992-0920 or (917) 929-5564; or
Courtney Beebe at CMA (615) 664-1635,
or by email at
Cbeebe@CMAworld.com. For questions
regarding the FTP download, please call (212) 302-2505, ext. 0.

Tickets
for “The 47
th Annual CMA Awards” go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept.
14
(10:00 AM/CT). Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or Ticketmaster
outlets; by calling (800) 745-3000; or at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located
at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). Ticket prices
for the CMA Awards start at $110 for Upper Level seating. Ticket prices include
tax, but exclude applicable service fees. Purchase tickets early for the best
available seats. The CMA Awards have sold out in advance the past four years.

“The
47
th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association.
Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director,
and
David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition
and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1
channel surround sound.

The Final Nominees for
“The 47
th Annual CMA Awards” (by ballot category order):

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Blake Shelton

George Strait

Taylor Swift

SINGLE
OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

“Cruise”

Florida Georgia Line

Produced by Joey Moi

Republic Nashville

“Highway Don’t Care”

Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

Produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw

Big Machine Records

“Mama’s
Broken Heart”

Miranda Lambert

Produced by Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Chuck Ainlay

RCA Nashville

“Merry Go ‘Round”

Kacey
Musgraves

Produced by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally,
and Kacey Musgraves

Mercury Records

“Wagon
Wheel”

Darius Rucker

Produced by Frank Rogers

Capitol Records Nashville

ALBUM
OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

Based
on a True Story

Blake Shelton

Produced by Scott Hendricks

Warner Bros. Records

Blown
Away

Carrie Underwood

Produced by Mark Bright

19 Recordings/Arista Nashville

Red

Taylor Swift

Produced by Jeff Bhasker,
Scott Borchetta, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback,
Taylor Swift, Butch Walker, and Dan Wilson

Big Machine Records

Same Trailer Different Park

Kacey Musgraves

Produced by Luke Laird,
Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves

Mercury Records

Tornado

Little Big Town

Produced by Jay Joyce

Capitol Records Nashville

SONG OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Songwriter(s))

“I Drive Your Truck”

Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary

“Mama’s Broken
Heart”

Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves

“Merry
Go ‘Round”

Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne, and Shane McAnally

“Pontoon”

Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, and Barry Dean

“Wagon Wheel”

Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kelly Clarkson

Miranda Lambert

Kacey Musgraves

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

MALE
VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Blake Shelton

Keith Urban

VOCAL
GROUP OF THE YEAR

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band

VOCAL
DUO OF THE YEAR

Big & Rich

Florida Georgia Line

Love and Theft

Sugarland

The Civil Wars

Thompson Square

MUSICAL
EVENT OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to each artist)

“Boys
‘Round Here”

Blake Shelton (featuring Pistol
Annies)

Warner Bros. Records

“Cruise”

Florida Georgia Line (with Nelly)

Republic Nashville

“Don’t
Rush”

Kelly Clarkson (featuring Vince Gill)

19 Recordings/RCA Nashville

“Highway Don’t Care”

Tim McGraw (with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban)

Big Machine Records

“The Only Way I Know”

Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church

Broken Bow Records

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Sam Bush (Mandolin)

Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)

Dann Huff (Guitar)

Brent Mason (Guitar)

Mac McAnally (Guitar)

MUSIC
VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“Blown Away”

Carrie Underwood

Directed by Randee St. Nicholas

“Boys
‘Round Here”

Blake Shelton featuring Pistol
Annies

Directed by Trey Fanjoy

“Downtown”

Lady Antebellum

Directed by Peter Zavadil

“Highway
Don’t Care”

Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift
and Keith Urban

Directed by Shane Drake

“Mama’s
Broken Heart”

Miranda Lambert

Directed by Trey Fanjoy

“Tornado”

Little
Big Town

Directed by Shane Drake

NEW
ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lee Brice



Brett Eldredge



Florida Georgia Line



Kip Moore



Kacey Musgraves

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