New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Country Music Association)
Dierks Bentley, 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
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
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.
is also a first-time nominee in 2016, contending for Vocal Group and New Artist of the Year.
are nominated for Vocal Duo and New Artist of the Year.
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.
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.
Lori McKenna, 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.
CMA will service a 2016 CMA Awards Nominees Video Highlights Package (VHP) today at 3:00-3:30 PM/ET via the following coordinates:
In addition, the video highlights package, which includes footage of the nominee announcements on "Good Morning America," interviews, and music video clips, will be available via FTP download at http://vistalive.net/cma-awards/.
For questions or for help if having difficulty accessing the VHP via satellite, please contact Vista Worldlink at (954) 838-0900, ext. 0. For questions regarding the FTP download, please contact Scott Sklarin with Sklarin Communications at (917) 929-5564.
The first "CMA Awards Banquet and Show" was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time - making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network TV. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA's other two television properties, "CMA Music
Festival: Country's Night to Rock" and "CMA Country Christmas," through 2021.
"The 50th Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music
Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer and Paul Miller is the Director. The CMA Awards will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
Fans can get more information on "The 50th Annual CMA Awards" and sign up for CMA emails and exclusives, including a full nominee recap, by visiting CMAawards50.com.
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The Final Nominees for "The 50th Annual CMA Awards" (by ballot category order):
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s))
"Die a Happy Man"
Produced by Dann Huff and Jesse
Mix Engineered by Justin Niebank
The Valory Music
"Humble and Kind"
Produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw
Mix Engineered by Byron Gallimore
Big Machine Records
Produced by busbee and Maren Morris
Mix Engineered by Dave Clauss and busbee
Columbia Nashville/Sony Music
"Nobody To Blame"
Produced by Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton
Mix Engineered by Vance Powell
Mercury Nashville/Universal Music
Produced by Jay Joyce
Mix Engineered by Jay Joyce and Jason Hall
EMI Records Nashville/Universal Music
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Produced by Ross Copperman
and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music
Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
EMI Records Nashville/Universal Music
Produced by Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Dann Huff, Greg Wells, Nile Rodgers, busbee, K-Kov, Nathan Chapman, Jonny Price, and Keith Urban
Hit Red Records/Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music
Produced by Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell
19 Recordings/Arista Nashville/Sony Music
SONG OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
Camaron "Cam" Ochs, Tyler Johnson, Jeff Bhasker
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey + Rory
Maddie & Tae
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to each Artist)
"Different For Girls"
feat. Elle King
Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
(Dobro/Lap Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Director(s))
Directed by Trey Fanjoy