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MIRANDA LAMBERT TOPS THE LIST OF FINALISTS FOR “THE 51st ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” WITH FIVE NOMINATIONS, LITTLE BIG TOWN & KEITH URBAN FOLLOW WITH FOUR

MIRANDA LAMBERT TOPS THE
LIST OF FINALISTS FOR “THE 51st ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” WITH FIVE NOMINATIONS, LITTLE
BIG TOWN & KEITH URBAN FOLLOW WITH FOUR

The 2017
CMA Awards, Hosted for the 10th Time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Airs
Live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 8:00 PM/ET on the
ABC Television Network

Nominations
for CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year and Radio Station of the Year Also Revealed

NASHVILLEMiranda Lambert
tops the list of nominees for “The 51
st
Annual CMA Awards”
with five nominations.
Little
Big Town
and Keith Urban
each garner four nominations, tying for the second most nominations this year.

“The talent of
the past year for Country has been exceptional,” said
Sarah
Trahern
, CMA Chief Executive Officer. It’s great to see nominee
names that have graced the list before, and continue to deliver quality artistry.
It’s equally thrilling to see six new names – ushering in a new generation
earning their first CMA Awards nods.”
“The 51st
Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted by
Brad Paisley
and Carrie Underwood
and
broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville,
Wednesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Lauren
Alaina
, Brothers Osborne
and
Dustin Lynch were live in “Good
Morning America’s” New York Times Square studio this morning to reveal six
of the 12 categories. Following that, Brothers Osborne and Lynch announced the
remaining six categories and the CMA Broadcast Awards nominees on
GoodMorningAmerica.com as well as via “Good Morning
America’s” Facebook page through Facebook Live and simulcast on “Good Morning
America’s” YouTube channel.

Lambert’s name
appeared more than any others this year with nominations in the Single and Song
of the Year categories for “Tin Man,” produced by
Frank
Liddell
, Eric Masse,
and
Glenn Worf, and written by
Jack Ingram, Lambert, and
Jon Randall. Masse also mix
engineered the song. Lambert secured her fourth nod for Album of the Year with
The Weight of These Wings, produced by Liddell,
Worf, and Masse; Music Video of the Year for “Vice,” directed by
Trey Fanjoy; and
Female Vocalist. This is Lambert’s eleventh nomination for Female
Vocalist, a category she’s won a record-setting six consecutive times (2010-2015).
Lambert is the most awarded female in CMA Awards history with 12 trophies. This
year’s nods bring her to a career total of 44 CMA Awards nominations.

Little Big Town’s nominations include Single,
produced by
Jay Joyce and mix engineered
by
Jason Hall and Joyce; Music
Video of the Year directed by
Becky Fluke
and
Reid Long for “Better
Man”; Album of the Year for
The Breaker,
also produced by Joyce; and Vocal Group of the Year. This is Little Big Town’s
fourth nomination for Music Video. They have been nominated in past years for
“Pontoon” (2012), “Tornado” (2013), and “Girl Crush” (2015). They
are seven-time CMA Awards winners and this year’s nods bring their career total
to 26 nominations. Taylor Swift received her 23
rd nomination for
writing “Better Man,” marking her second nomination for Song of the Year and
first CMA Awards nod since 2014.
Urban tallied up
nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Single and Music Video of the Year for
“Blue Ain’t Your Color” and Male Vocalist. This is his thirteenth nomination
for Male Vocalist and he is a three-time consecutive winner in this category (2004-2006).
Urban is a 10-time CMA Awards winner. Songwriters for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,”
Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, and Steven
Lee Olsen
earned a nod for Song of the Year. “Blue Ain’t Your
Color” Music Video Director
Carter Smith
is a first-time nominee. “Blue Ain’t Your Color” producer
Dann
Huff
and mix engineer Chris
Lord-Alge
also earned nods. Urban received one nomination for Single
of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.


Eric
Church, Maren Morris,
Thomas Rhett
and Chris Stapleton each
earned three nominations.
Church scored recognition in
the Entertainer of the Year category, as well as Male Vocalist, his sixth consecutive
nomination, and Musical Event of the Year for “Kill A Word” featuring first-time
nominee
Rhiannon Giddens.
He is a three-time CMA Award winner with 25 total career nominations.
Reigning
CMA New Artist of the Year Morris is nominated for Female Vocalist and as a featured
artist with Thomas Rhett for Musical Event and Music Video for “Craving You,”
which was directed by
TK McKamy.
This is Morris’ second nomination for Female Vocalist and first for Music Video
and Musical Event. This year’s nominations bring her total CMA Awards nods to
eight.
Thomas Rhett received nominations for Male Vocalist
and Musical Event and Music Video for “Craving You” with Morris, marking his
first-time noms in all three categories. He is the reigning CMA Single of the
Year winner for “Die A Happy Man.”
Five-time CMA Awards
winner Stapleton is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist and Album
for
From A Room: Volume 1, which was produced
by
Dave Cobb and Stapleton.
He receives one nomination for album, but can receive an additional trophy as
producer. This is Stapleton’s third consecutive nomination for Male, which he’s
won the past two years. He was also nominated for Entertainer last year and won
Album for
Traveller in 2015. He is
an 11-time CMA Awards nominee.
Brothers Osborne, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum,
Old Dominion
and Jon Pardi
garnered two nominations.
Reigning CMA Vocal
Duo of the Year Brothers Osborne earns their third nomination in this category.
They also received their first Music Video nod for “It Ain’t My Fault,”
directed by
Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver. They’ve earned five career
nominations.
Hunt was recognized in the Single and Song categories
for the record-setting “Body Like A Back Road,” produced and mix engineered
by
Zach Crowell, and written by
Crowell, Hunt,
Shane McAnally,
and
Josh Osborne. In 2015, Hunt
received the same nods for “Take Your Time.” He is a five-time CMA Awards
nominee.
Lady Antebellum is nominated for Vocal Group
of the Year and Album for their latest effort
Heart
Break
, produced by busbee.
Their previous records
Need You Now (2010)
and
Own The Night (2012) both received
Album nods. They are a 10-time consecutive (2008-2017) Vocal Group nominee and
have won the category three years back to back (2009-2011).
For
the second year in a row, Old Dominion received nods for Vocal Group of the Year
and New Artist of the Year. They have four career CMA nominations.
Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley,
Garth Brooks
, Luke Bryan, Glen Campbell,
Kenny Chesney
, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida
Georgia Line
, Giddens, Faith Hill,
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
,
LOCASH
, Maddie & Tae, Reba McEntire,
Tim McGraw
, Willie Nelson, P!nk,
Rascal Flatts
, Swift, Underwood, Brett Young and
Zac Brown Band
each received one nomination for trophies that
will be handed out on Country Music’s Biggest Night™.

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the
Year Brooks returns with his 12th nomination in the category, a title he has won
five times (1991, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2016), making him the most awarded artist
in this category. Two-time former Entertainer Bryan rounds out the nominees for
this category.

McEntire
nabbed her eighteenth nomination for Female Vocalist, a category she’s won four
years consecutively (1984-1987). She is a six-time CMA Awards winner and now ties
Brooks & Dunn with 50 career CMA Awards nominations. She is the most nominated
female in CMA Awards history.
Newcomer Pardi burst onto the
Awards scene with his first two CMA nominations this year. “Dirt On My Boots,”
which he co-produced with
Bart Butler,
earned him a nod in the Single of the Year category. He receives one nomination
as the artist, but can receive an additional trophy as producer. The song was
mix engineered by
Ryan Gore.
“Dirt On My Boots” songwriters
Rhett Akins,
Jesse Frasure, and Ashley Gorley are also nominees. Additionally,
Pardi received a New Artist of the Year nomination.
Other first time
CMA Awards nominees include Alaina, Combs, and Young in the New Artist of the
Year category, and LOCASH in Duo. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit debuted in Album
of the Year with
The Nashville Sound,
produced by Cobb.
The Musician of the Year category includes Jerry Douglas (dobro), Paul
Franklin
(steel guitar), Huff (guitar), Mac
McAnally
(guitar), and Derek Wells
(guitar).

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