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Big & Rich

Nominations for the 46th Annual CMA Awards (airing live on Nov. 1 on ABC) were announced this morning on Good Morning America. Eric Church led the way with five nods, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, along with Song, Single, and Video of the Year for his hit “Springsteen.” (Not a country music fan? Give that one listen and get back to us.)

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert scored four noms a piece while Taylor Swift, who earned three noms, was the lone female to make the Entertainer of the Year category. Kelly Clarkson’s nom for Female Vocalist of the Year is slightly less of a surprise than Snoop Dogg popping up in Musical Event of the Year (listen to Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” featuring Snoop, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson). The full nominees list:

Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift

Album of the Year: Eric Church’s Chief, Miranda Lambert’s Four the Record, Dierks Bentley’s Home, Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night, and Luke Bryan’s tailgates & tanlines.

Single of the Year: Jason Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem,” Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You,” Dierks Bentley’s “Home,” Little Big Town’s “Pontoon,” and Eric Church’s “Springsteen”

Song of the Year (award to songwriters): “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), and “Springsteen” (Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde)

Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban

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

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, Love and Theft, Sugarland, The Civil Wars, and Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year: Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Love and Theft, and Thompson Square

Music Video of the Year: Kenny Chesney’s “Come Over,” Miranda Lambert’s “Over You,” Little Big Town’s “Pontoon,” Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup,” and Eric Church’s “Springsteen”

Musical Event of the Year: “Dixie Highway” (Alan Jackson featuring Zac Brown Band), “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 & Sound” (Taylor Swift featuring the Civil Wars), and “Stuck on You” (Lionel Richie with Darius Rucker)

Musician of the Year: Sam Bush (Mandolin), Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar), Dan Huff (Guitar), Brent Mason (Guitar), and Mac McAnally (Guitar)

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