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THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES “THE 53RD ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” NOMINEES

The Country Music Association has announced
the final nominees for “The 53rd Annual

CMA Awards,” as Maren Morris tops the list of finalists with six nominations. Brothers Osborne receives four nominations, the second most nominations this year, while 11 garner three nominations each—Dierks Bentley,

Eric ChurchLuke Combs, Dan + Shay, Scott Hendricks,
Dann Huff, Greg Kurstin, Kacey Musgraves,

Blake SheltonChris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood. For the night’s highest honor, reigning Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban is nominated again in the category alongside Garth Brooks,
Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Underwood.

Jimmie Allen and Ashley McBryde revealed select nominees
on ABC’s “Good Morning America” today, live from their Times Square
studio in New York, followed by a performance of “If I Know Me” by Morgan Wallen. Immediately following the broadcast,
Wallen and Midland visited Billboard’s Times Square studio to reveal the remaining eight CMA Awards categories in addition to the CMA Broadcast Awards finalists on Billboard’s
Twitter and YouTube,
as well as CMA’s Twitter and YouTube

“This year, we have the privilege of honoring Country legends, new and
emerging talent and even artists from outside our genre,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “The breadth of Country Music’s landscape is evident in this year’s nominations,
and we can’t wait to celebrate our deserving nominees in November.” 

MAREN MORRIS – SIX NOMINATIONS Single of the Year (“GIRL”), Album of the Year (GIRL), Song of the
Year (“GIRL”), Female Vocalist of the Year, Musical Event of the Year
(“All My Favorite People”), Music Video of the Year (“GIRL”) 

Morris
tops this year’s CMA Awards nominations with six, adding to her
previous 10 nominations and one win. She scores her fourth nomination
for Female Vocalist
and third nomination in Musical Event of the Year for “All My Favorite
People” featuring Brothers Osborne, produced by Morris and busbee. This marks her second nomination in four categories – Single, Album, Song and Music Video of the Year. “GIRL” was
written by Morris and first-time nominees Sarah Aarons and
Kurstin. The single was also mixed and produced by Kurstin. The album
was produced by busbee, Morris and Kurstin. First-time nominee Dave Meyers directed the music video for “GIRL.”

BROTHERS OSBORNE – FOUR NOMINATIONS Single of the Year (“Burning Man”), Vocal Duo of the Year, Musical
Event of the Year (“All My Favorite People”), Music Video of the Year
(“Burning Man”) 

The
reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year returns to this year’s ballot vying
for the title for the fifth consecutive year – a trophy they’ve claimed
for the last three
years. This marks the brothers’ first nomination for Single and second
nod for Music Video of the Year, both for their featured performance on
Bentley’s “Burning Man.” They won Music Video in 2017 for “It Ain’t My
Fault.” The duo earns their second nomination
for Musical Event of the Year with Morris’ “All My Favorite People.”  

DIERKS BENTLEY – THREE NOMINATIONS Single of the Year (“Burning Man”), Male Vocalist of the Year, Music Video of the Year (“Burning Man”) 

Adding
three nominations to his previous 24 nods and three wins, “Burning Man”
earns Bentley his third nomination in both Single and Music Video of
the Year. The
single features Brothers Osborne, was produced by Ross CoppermanJon Randall and Arturo Buenahora, Jr. and mixed by first-time nominee F. Reid Shippen. The video was directed by Wes Edwards

ERIC CHURCH – THREE NOMINATIONS Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (Desperate Man), Music Video of the Year (“Some Of It”)

With
25 prior nominations and three wins under his belt, Church claims his
third nomination for both Entertainer and Music Video of the Year for
“Some Of It,” which
was directed by Reid Long. He also earns his fourth nomination for Album of the Year with Desperate Man produced by Jay Joyce and Buenahora, Jr. 

LUKE COMBS – THREE NOMINATIONS Song of the Year (“Beautiful Crazy”), Male Vocalist of the Year, Musical Event of the Year (“Brand New Man”) 

Combs
garners three nominations on top of his previous three, nabbing his
second nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year. He is a first-time
nominee in Song of
the Year for “Beautiful Crazy,” co-written with Wyatt B. Durrette III and first-time nominee Robert Williford.
He also secures a first-time nod for Musical Event of the Year with
“Brand New Man” alongside Country Music Hall of Fame inductees
and the most awarded artists in CMA history – Brooks & Dunn. 

DAN + SHAY – THREE NOMINATIONS Single of the Year (“Speechless”), Album of the Year (Dan + Shay), Vocal Duo of the Year

Dan
+ Shay tally three nominations alongside their previous seven. This
marks their sixth consecutive nomination for Vocal Duo and their first
nomination for Album
of the Year. Dan + Shay was produced by Hendricks and the duo’s Dan Smyers. They also earn their second nomination in Single of the Year with “Speechless,” produced by Smyers and Hendricks and mixed by Jeff Juliano. Smyers earns his second
Song of the Year nomination for “Tequila” with co-writers Nicolle Galyon and Jordan Reynolds

SCOTT HENDRICKS – THREE NOMINATIONS Single of the Year (“God’s Country”), Single of the Year (“Speechless”), Album of the Year (Dan + Shay)

Hendricks
adds to his 16 prior nominations with three additional nods, claiming
an Album of the Year nomination for his production work on Dan
+ Shay
 alongside Smyers. This marks his ninth nomination
for Album, a category he’s won twice previously. He also secures two
Single of the Year nominations for Shelton’s “God’s Country” produced by
Hendricks and mixed by Justin Niebank, and Dan
+ Shay’s “Speechless,” produced by Smyers and Hendricks and mixed by Juliano. 

DANN HUFF – THREE NOMINATIONS Album of the Year (Center Point Road), Musical Event of the Year
(“Brand New Man”), Musical Event of the Year (“What Happens In A Small
Town”) 

Huff
is a 35-time CMA Awards nominee and five-time winner adding three
nominations to his roster. His two nominations for Musical Event of the
Year mark his first-ever
nods in the category for his production work on “Brand New Man”
performed by Brooks & Dunn (with Combs) and “What Happens In A Small
Town” performed by Brantley Gilbert and first-time nominee Lindsay Ell. 2019 is the first year producers are
being honored in the Musical Event category. He nabs his 11th nomination for Album of the Year with Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road, alongside co-producers Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett, Julian BunettaThe Stereotypes and Cleve
Wilson
—with the last two being first-time nominees.  

GREG KURSTIN – THREE NOMINATIONSSingle of the Year (“GIRL”), Album of the Year (GIRL), Song of the Year (“GIRL”) 

Kurstin
is a first-time CMA Awards nominee garnering nods in Single, Song and
Album of the Year. He’s nominated as a songwriter, producer and mix
engineer for Morris’
song “GIRL” on the album GIRL. He co-wrote the song with Morris and Aarons. 

KACEY MUSGRAVES – THREE NOMINATIONS Song of the Year (“Rainbow”), Female Vocalist of the Year, Music Video of the Year (“Rainbow”) 

With
15 previous nominations and three wins to her credit, Musgraves claims
her sixth nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. She earns a fourth
nomination in
Song of the Year for “Rainbow” with co-writers Natalie Hemby and Shane McAnally. She
last won the category in 2014 with “Follow Your Arrow.” “Rainbow” also
nabs Musgraves’ third nomination for Music Video of the Year, directed
by first-time nominee Hannah
Lux Davis. 

BLAKE SHELTON – THREE NOMINATIONSSingle of the Year (“God’s Country”), Musical Event of the Year (“Dive Bar”), Music Video of the Year (“God’s Country”) 

Shelton
adds three nominations to his prior 25, claiming his fifth nomination
for Single and fourth for Music Video with “God’s Country,” produced by
Hendricks and
mixed by Niebank. The music video was directed by first-time nominee Sophie Muller. This marks Shelton’s fourth nomination in Musical Event of the Year for “Dive Bar” with Garth Brooks. Shelton is a nine-time CMA Awards winner. 

CHRIS STAPLETON – THREE NOMINATIONSEntertainer of the Year, Single of the Year (“Millionaire”), Male Vocalist of the Year 

With
16 prior nominations and 10 wins, Stapleton earns his fifth nod for
Male Vocalist of the Year, a category he’s won consecutively since 2015.
He scores his third
nomination for Single of the Year with “Millionaire” produced by Dave Cobb and Stapleton, mixed by Vance Powell. This marks Stapleton’s fourth nomination for Entertainer of the Year.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD – THREE NOMINATIONSEntertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (Cry Pretty), Female Vocalist of the Year

30-time
CMA Awards nominee and seven-time winner Underwood claims her second
nomination for Entertainer of the Year, first securing the nod in 2016.
She nabs a 14th consecutive
nomination for Female Vocalist, a title she’s won five times, including
in 2018. This marks her fifth nomination for Album of the Year with Cry Pretty, produced by Underwood and first-time nominees David Garcia and Jim Jonsin.

Carrie Underwoodhosts “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” with special guest hosts Reba
McEntire
 and Dolly Parton, celebrating legendary women in
Country Music throughout the ceremony. Country Music’s Biggest Night™
broadcasts live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network.

Media and publicist credential applications for “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” are located at CMAPress.com.

Winners
of “The 53rd 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 Tuesday, Oct. 1. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Thursday, Oct. 24 (6:00 PM/CT). All balloting is tabulated by the professional services organization, Deloitte.  

“The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Alex Rudzinski is the Director, and David Wild is the Head Writer.  

**SUGGESTED TWEET**: #CMAawards NOMINEES JUST ANNOUNCED! @MarenMorris tops the list of finalists with six nominations. See the full list of nominees on CMAawards.com now.
Winners will be revealed live on Wed, Nov. 13 at 8|7c on @ABCNetwork.  

“THE 53RD ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” – FINAL NOMINEES (by ballot category order):   

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 

  • Garth Brooks  
  • Eric Church 
  • Chris Stapleton 
  • Carrie Underwood 
  • Keith Urban

SINGLE OF THE YEARAward goes to Artist(s), Producer(s), and Mix Engineer 

  • “Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne 

    Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall, Arturo Buenahora, Jr. 

    Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen 

  • “GIRL” – Maren Morris 

    Producer: Greg Kurstin

    Mix Engineer: Greg Kurstin 

  • “God’s Country” – Blake Shelton 

    Producer: Scott Hendricks

    Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank 

  • “Millionaire” – Chris Stapleton 

    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

    Mix Engineer: Vance Powell 

  • “Speechless” – Dan + Shay 

    Producers: Dan Smyers, Scott Hendricks

    Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano  

ALBUM OF THE YEARAward goes to Artist and Producers 

  • Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett  

    Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett, Julian Bunetta, The Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson  

  • Cry Pretty – Carrie Underwood  

    Producers: David Garcia, Jim Jonsin, Carrie Underwood  

  • Dan + Shay – Dan + Shay

    Producers: Dan Smyers, Scott Hendricks  

  • Desperate Man – Eric Church  

    Producers: Jay Joyce, Arturo Buenahora, Jr.   

  • GIRL – Maren Morris   

    Producers: busbee, Maren Morris, Greg Kurstin 

SONG OF THE YEARAward goes to Songwriters 

  • “Beautiful Crazy”

    Songwriters: Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Robert Williford 

  • “GIRL” 

    Songwriters: Maren Morris, Sarah Aarons, Greg Kurstin 

  • “God’s Country” 

    Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy 

  • “Rainbow” 

    Songwriters: Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves 

  • “Tequila” 

    Songwriters: Dan Smyers, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds 

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 

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Lady Antebellum 
  • Little Big Town 
  • Midland 
  • Old Dominion  
  • Zac Brown Band 

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

  • Brooks & Dunn 
  • Brothers Osborne 
  • Dan + Shay 
  • Florida Georgia Line 
  • Maddie & Tae 

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEARAward goes to Artists and Producer(s) 

  • “All My Favorite People” – Maren Morris (feat. Brothers Osborne)

    Producers: Maren Morris, busbee 

  • “Brand New Man” – Brooks & Dunn (with Luke Combs)

    Producer: Dann Huff 

  • “Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks & Blake Shelton

    Producer: Garth Brooks 

  • “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus 

    Producers: YoungKio, Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross 

  • “What Happens In A Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell 

    Producer: Dann Huff 

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle 
  • Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar 
  • Mac McAnally, Guitar 
  • Ilya Toshinsky, Banjo/Guitar 
  • Derek Wells, Guitar 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Award goes to Artist(s) and Director 

  • “Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne 

    Director: Wes Edwards 

  • “GIRL” – Maren Morris

    Director: Dave Meyers 

  • “God’s Country” – Blake Shelton

    Director: Sophie Muller 

  • “Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves

    Director: Hannah Lux Davis 

  • “Some Of It” – Eric Church

    Director:  Reid Long 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR  

  • Cody Johnson 
  • Ashley McBryde 
  • Midland 
  • Carly Pearce 
  • Morgan Wallen 

“THE 53RD ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” – FINALISTS FOR BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

(by market size):  NATIONAL  

  • “The Blair Garner Show” (Blair Garner and “Off Eric” Garner) – Westwood One 
  • “The Bobby Bones Show” (Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, “Lunchbox” Dan Chappell, and Eddie Garcia) – Premiere Networks 
  • “The Mayor of Music Row” (Charlie Monk) – Sirius XM Satellite Radio
  • “Nash Nights Live” (Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith) – Westwood One
  • “The Storme Warren Show” (Storme Warren) – Sirius XM Satellite Radio 

MAJOR MARKET

  • “Chris Carr &
    Company” (Chris Carr, Kia Becht, McKaila Granning, and “Maverick”
    Jeffrey Bolen) – KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. 
  • “Mason & Remy” (Mason Schreader and “Remy” Zachary Hoesly) – WIL, St. Louis, Mo.
  • “The
    Morning Wolfpack with Matt McAllister” (Matt McAllister, Emily Raines,
    and “Slow Joe” Wallace) – KKWF, Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.  
  • “The Rob + Holly Show” (Rob Stone and Holly Hutton) – WYCD, Detroit, Mich.
  • “Tanner
    in the Morning” (Rob Tanner, Catherine Lane, Chris Allen, and “Captain
    Jim” Homa) – WSOC, Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C. 
  • “Tony, Jake & Jenn” (Tony Russell, Jake Byron, and Jenn Hays) – KUPL, Portland, Ore. 

LARGE MARKET

  • “Amanda and Jesse” (Amanda Valentine and Jesse Tack) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio 
  • “J.R. and Beth in the Morning” (“J.R.” Jon Jaus, Beth Boehm, and Chris Cardenas) – KCYY, San Antonio, Texas  
  • “Q Morning Crew” (Mike Wheless and Janie Carothers) – WQDR, Raleigh-Durham, N.C. 
  • “The Randy, Jamie, and Jojo Show” (Randy Carroll, Jamie Martin, and Jojo Meza) – KAJA, San Antonio, Texas 
  • “Ridder, Scott and Shannen” (“Ridder” Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin, and Shannen Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, WI 

MEDIUM MARKET  

  • “Clay & Company” (Clay Moden and Val Townsend) – WYRK, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
  • “The Doc Show with Jessie” (Ken “Doc” Medek and Jessie Roberts) – WGGY, Wilkes Barre-Scranton, Pa.
  • “Mo & StyckMan” (“Mo” Melissa Wagner and “Styckman” Greg Owens) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • “Scott and Sarah in the Morning” (Scott Wynn and Sarah Kay) – WQMX, Akron, Ohio
  • “Tony and Kris” (Tony Randall and Kris Rochester) – WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn. 

SMALL MARKET 

  • “Barrett, Fox & Berry” (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry) – KKNU, Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
  • “Ben & Arnie” (Ben Butler and Arnie Andrews) – WCOW, La Crosse, Wis.
  • “Dr. Shane and Tess in the Morning” (Shane Collins and Tess Connell) – WPAP, Panama City, Fla.
  • “Mackey and Miles in the Morning” (Jim Mackey and Deb Miles) – WBYT, South Bend, Ind.
  • “Officer Don & DeAnn” (“Officer Don” Evans and DeAnn Stephens) – WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky. 

“THE 53RD ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” – FINALISTS FOR RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (by market size):   

MAJOR MARKET  

  • KILT – Houston-Galveston, Texas 
  • KPLX – Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas 
  • WIL – St. Louis, Mo.  
  • WKLB – Boston, Mass. 
  • WYCD – Detroit, Mich. 

LARGE MARKET  

  • KCYY – San Antonio, Texas 
  • KUBL – Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah 
  • WFMS – Indianapolis, Ind.  
  • WLHK – Indianapolis, Ind. 
  • WQDR – Raleigh-Durham, N.C. 
  • WSIX – Nashville, Tenn. 

MEDIUM MARKET  

  • CKRY – Calgary, Alta.  
  • KXKT – Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa 
  • WBBS – Syracuse, N.Y. 
  • WIVK – Knoxville, Tenn. 
  • WXCY – Wilmington, Del. 

SMALL MARKET  

  • KCLR – Columbia, Mo. 
  • KFDI – Wichita, Kan. 
  • KKNU – Eugene-Springfield, Ore. 
  • WBYT – South Bend, Ind.  
  • WYCT – Pensacola, Fla.  

About the CMA Awards 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 have aired on ABC
since 2006. ABC is the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other
two television properties, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas.”  

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