CMAStevenAndKelseaI’m sure most country music fans were waiting for this announcement early this morning, when Kelsea Ballerini and Steven Tyler teamed up to announce the 49th Annua CMA Award nominations on ABC’s Good Morning America.  But if you missed it, here it is. You list of nominees. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will again preside over the evening. This will be the eight consecutive year the two have hosted the event. Mark your calendar so you won’t miss the show, telecast on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. on ABC-TV.  And, here are the nominees.

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ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack

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MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Chris Stapleton

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

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VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Thompson Square

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Sam Hunt
Maddie & Tae
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

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ALBUM OF HE YEAR

Jason Aldean – Old Boots, New Dirt
Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material
Little Big Town – Pain Killer
Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival
Chris Stapleton – Traveller

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SINGLE OF THE YEAR

Kenny Chesney – American Kids
Little Big Town – Girl Crush
Lee Brice – I Don’t Dance
Sam Hunt – Take Your Time
Eric Church – Talladega

SONG OF THE YEAR
American Kids – writers, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally
Girl Crush – writers, Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey
Like a Cowboy – writers, Randy Houser and Brice Long
Like a Wrecking Ball – writers, Eric Church and Casey Beathard
Take Your Time – writers, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Django and Jimmie – Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Lonely Tonight – Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe
Raise ‘Em Up – Keith Urban featuring Eric Church
Smokin’ and Drinkin’ – Miranda Lambert featuring Little Big Town
Wild Child – Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter

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MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Kacey Musgraves – Biscuits
Little Big Town – Girl Crush
Maddie & Tae – Girl in a Country Song
Miranda Lambert – Little Red Wagon
Carrie Underwood – Something in the Water

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Sam Bush
Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Mac McAnally

There they are.  As always, a few of our favorites are not among the list of nominees. And, there are some there that we aren’t quite sure why they are there.  We love Chris Stapleton and are very happy to see his nomination for Album of the year, not sure why he is also nominated for ‘new’ artist of the year – he’s been around a while. As for Kelsea Ballerini – I believe she should be in the new artist nominations, but I don’t think her very limited time in the spotlight warrants a female vocalist of the year nod. Good to see Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks in that Entertainer of the Year category – both have had great years, with Garth selling out four shows in Knoxville, Tenn., at Thompson-Bolling Arena during his recent tour. From here, we can all speculate, and make our good guesses as to who will win, and who we thing should win. I know we will all be anxiously awaiting the Nov. 4 show, when we will find out for sure.

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I’m sure most country music fans were waiting for this announcement early this morning, when Kelsea Ballerini and Steven Tyler teamed up to announce the 49th Annua CMA Award nominations on ABC’s Good Morning America.  But if you missed it, here it is. You list of nominees. Brad Paisley...