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CMA Award nominations

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CMA Nominees
Andrew Southam

Nominations for the 45th Annual CMA Awards (airing Nov. 9 on ABC) have been announced.

Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton, who earned their first CMA Entertainer of the Year nods, tied past EOY winners Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift with five noms apiece. The nominees are:

Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year: Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban

New Artist of the Year: The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Thompson Square, and Chris Young

Vocal Group of the Year: The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year: The Civil Wars, Montgomery Gentry, Steel Magnolia, Sugarland, Thompson Square

Single of the Year: “A Little Bit Stronger,” Sara Evans; “Colder Weather,” Zac Brown Band; “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson; “Honey Bee,” Blake Shelton; “If I Die Young,” The Band Perry

Album of the Year: All About Tonight, Blake Shelton; My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean; Speak Now, Taylor Swift; This is Country Music, Brad Paisley; You Get What You Give, Zac Brown Band

Song of the Year: “Colder Weather,” songwriters Zac Brown Band, Wyatt Durrette, Levi Lowrey, and Coy Bowles; “Dirt Road Anthem,” songwriters Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford; “If I Die Young,” songwriter Kimberly Perry; “Mean,” songwriter Taylor Swift; “You and Tequila” songwriters Matraca Berg and Deana Carter

Musical Event of the Year: “As She’s Walking Away,” Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson; “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow, and Miranda Lambert; “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson; “Old Alabama,” Brad Paisley featuring Alabama; “You and Tequila,” Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter

Music Video of the Year: “Honey Bee,” Blake Shelton; “If I Die Young,” The Band Perry; “Mean,” Taylor Swift; “Old Alabama,” Brad Paisley featuring Alabama; “You and Tequila,” Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter

Musician of the Year: Sam Bush, mandolin; Jerry Douglas, dobro; Paul Franklin, steel guitar; Dann Huff, guitar; Mac McAnally, guitar

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