Single of the Year: Cruise, Florida Georgia Line; Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; Mama’s Broke Heart, Miranda Lambert; Merry Go ‘Round, Kacey Musgraves; and Wagon Wheel, Darius Rucker
Album of the Year: Based on a True Story, Blake Shelton; Blown Away, Carrie Underwood; Red, Taylor Swift; Same Trailer Different Park, Kacey Musgraves; and Tornado, Little Big Town
Song of the Year: I Drive Your Truck, written by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary, performed by Lee Brice; Mama’s Broken Heart, written by Bandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves, performed by Miranda Lambert; Merry Go ‘Round, written by Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne, performed by Kacey Musgraves; Pontoon, written by Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby and Luke Laird, performed by Little Big Town; and Wagon Wheel, written by Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor, performed by Darius Rucker
Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan
Vocal Group of the Year: Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band
Vocal Duo of the Year: Big & Rich, Florida Georgia Line, Love and Theft, Sugarland, The Civil Wars and Thompson Square
Musical Event of the Year: Boys ‘Round Here, Blake Shelton featuring Piston Annies; Cruise, Florida Georgia Line with Nelly; Don’t Rush, Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill; Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; and The Only Way I Know, Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church
Musician of the Year: Brent Mason, Dann Huff, Mac McAnally, Paul Franklin and Sam Bush
Music Video of the Year: Blown Away, Carrie Underwood; Boys ‘Round Here, Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies; Downtown, Lady Antebellum; Highway Don’t Care, Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; Mama’s Broken Heart, Miranda Lambert; and Tornado, Little Big Town
New Artist of the Year: Brett Eldridge, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Kip More and Lee Brice
There are your nominees – as always, there are a few I question. Not sure Big & Rich did enough this year to be nominated for Duo of the Year. Love Kacey Musgraves, but never understood how someone could be nominated for Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year (in the same year)… but it’s done all the time. There are a few others that I’m not sure I agree with, but most likely, we all have our opinions.
In any case, I am looking forward to the show, coming to us live on ABC, Nov. 6, 2013, at 8 p.m.
Back with more soon!