60203995Well, here they are. Your 2012 nominees for CMA awards, as announced this morning by Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean on Good Morning America. There aren’t a lot of surprises here, I don’t think. Well… there is one. I love Kelly Clarkson. The girl can definitely sing. And, her duets with Jason Aldean and Reba were awesome. However, “Female Vocalist of the Year” CMA Nominee???? Really? I’ll be the first to admit I really don’t get that. Did Kelly have a single on country radio this year? If she did, I missed it.

And, while we’re commenting on that category – get Taylor Swift out of there, too. The girls is a fantastic entertainer. And she’s one of the best writers out there. But I think even Taylor would admit that while she belongs in the category for Entertainer of the Year, her vocals cannot in any way compete with the other ladies in the Female Vocalist category.

I am very happy to see Eric Church getting the recognition he deserves, as well as Eli Young Band. Great seeing names like Little Big town, Dierks Bentley, and Love and Theft in the list of nominees, too.

By the time Nov. 1 rolls around, I’ll be as anxious as everyone else to find out who our winners will be this year. The show will be hosted by Brad and Carrie again this year, and will be televised on ABC at 8 p.m. (ET).

MartinaFEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Jason A 1MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

EYB 4VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Kenny 7ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Eric FEature 1ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Chief”/Eric Church
“Four the Record”/Miranda Lambert
“Home”/Dierks Bentley
“Own the Night”/Lady Antebellum
“Tailgates and Tanlines”/Luke Bryan

Lee Luke CMT Tour 005NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

_MG_7197[1]VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Big & Rich
Love and Theft
Sugarland
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

LBTSINGLE OF THE YEAR
“Dirt Road Anthem”/Jason Aldean
“God Gave Me You”/Blake Shelton
“Home”/Dierks Bentley
“Pontoon”/Little Big Town
“Springsteen”/Eric Church

Blake and MirandaSONG OF THE YEAR
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”/Will Hoge and Eric Paslay
“God Gave Me You”/Dave Barnes
“Home”/Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers and Dierks Bentley|
“Over You”/Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
“Springsteen”/Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde

Kenny and TimMUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
“Dixie Highway”/Alan Jackson featuring Zac Brown
“Feel Like a Rock Star”/Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw)
“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”/Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson
“Safe and Sound”/Taylor Swift (featuring The Civil Wars)
“Stuck On You”/Lionel Richie (with Darius Rucker)

toby_keith_cupMUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
“Come Over”/Kenny Chesney
“Over You”/Miranda Lambert
“Pontoon”/Little Big Town
“Red Solo Cup”/Toby Keith
“Springsteen”/Eric Church

Mac McAnally; photo: Stan KellamMUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Sam Bush (Mandolin)
Paul Franklin (Steel guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Brent Mason (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)

In less than two months, we’ll know. What do you all think of the nominees this year? Who didn’t make the list that you would have liked to see there? Who made the list that you think should not have? Let me know.

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Well, here they are. Your 2012 nominees for CMA awards, as announced this morning by Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean on Good Morning America. There aren’t a lot of surprises here, I don’t think. Well… there is one. I love Kelly Clarkson. The girl can definitely sing. And, her...