By Madison Vain
August 31, 2016 at 02:43 PM EDT
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Eric Church, Maren Morris, and Chris Stapleton lead the pack heading into the 50th annual CMA Award ceremony. They each were awarded five nominations.

Morris, who released her excellent debut, Hero, in June and Church, who surprise-released Mr. Misunderstood on the day of the 2015 broadcast, each scored a nod from the Album of the Year category, while Stapleton found his name in Entertainer of the Year for the first time.  

Dierks Bentley’s excellent eighth LP Black and Keith Urban’s Ripcord are also competing for Album of the Year, and both artists were honored with four nominations. Same for Carrie Underwood, who is vying for her first ever Entertainer award. That group is rounded out by four-time winner Garth Brooks, Urban, and last year’s winner, Luke Bryan.

The full list of nominees is below. The awards will air live on Wednesday, Nov. 2 on ABC. 

Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks

Luke Bryan

Chris Stapleton

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

Album of the Year

Black, Dierks Bentley

Hero, Maren Morris

Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church

Ripcord, Keith Urban

Storyteller, Carrie Underwood

Single of the Year

“Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

“Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw

“My Church” – Maren Morris

“Nobody to Blame” – Chris Stapleton

“Record Year” – Eric Church

Song of the Year

“Burning House”- Cam

“Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

“Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw

“My Church” – Maren Morris

“Record Year” – Eric Church

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Tim McGraw

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood 

New Artist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Brothers Osborne

Maren Morris

Old Dominion

Cole Swindell

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Joey + Rory

Maddie & Tae 

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band 

Music Video of the Year

“Burning House” – Cam

“Fire Away” – Chris Stapleton

“Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw

“Record Year” – Eric Church

“Somewhere on a Beach” – Dierks Bentley

Musical Event of the Year

“Different For Girls” – Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King

“Home Alone Tonight” –  Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild

“The Fighter” – Keith Urban (featuring Carrie Underwood)

“Think of You” – Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)

“You Are My Sunshine” – Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton

Musician of the Year 

Jerry Douglas (Dobro/Lap Steel Guitar)

Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)

Dann Huff (Guitar)

Brent Mason (Guitar)

Derek Wells (Guitar) 

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