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Maren Morris tops CMA Awards nominations

Firebrand vocalist Maren Morris is making a powerful statement as she leads the pack with six nominations for this year’s CMA awards. The nominations were announced Wednesday morning {Aug. 28) on ABC’s Good Morning America from New York.

Maren Morris garners six CMA nominations (Photo credit: Jamie Nelson)

Morris was not included, however, in the most prestigious category, Entertainer of the Year. Carrie Underwood was the lone female nominee in that category, joining male counterparts Garth Brooks, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban. Underwood scored a total of three nominations, as did Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves and several other artists. Hot duo Brothers Osborne had the second-highest number of nominations with four.

Here are the nominees in the top categories for the 53rd Annual CMA Awards. You can find out the big winners on the CMA Awards telecast, Wednesday night, November 13th, live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR  

  • Garth Brooks  
  • Eric Church 
  • Chris Stapleton 
  • Carrie Underwood 
  • Keith Urban

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s), and Mix Engineer 

  • “Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne  
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall, Arturo Buenahora, Jr.  
    Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen 
  • “GIRL” – Maren Morris  
    Producer: Greg Kurstin 
    Mix Engineer: Greg Kurstin 
  • “God’s Country” – Blake Shelton  
    Producer: Scott Hendricks 
    Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank 
  • “Millionaire” – Chris Stapleton  
    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton 
    Mix Engineer: Vance Powell 
  • “Speechless” – Dan + Shay  
    Producers: Dan Smyers, Scott Hendricks 
    Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano  

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist and Producers

  • Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett   
    Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett, Julian Bunetta, The Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson  
  • Cry Pretty – Carrie Underwood   
    Producers: David Garcia, Jim Jonsin, Carrie Underwood  
  • Dan + Shay – Dan + Shay 
    Producers: Dan Smyers, Scott Hendricks  
  • Desperate Man – Eric Church   
    Producers: Jay Joyce, Arturo Buenahora, Jr.   
  • GIRL – Maren Morris    
    Producers: busbee, Maren Morris, Greg Kurstin 

SONG OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Songwriters 

  • “Beautiful Crazy”  
    Songwriters: Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Robert Williford 
  • “GIRL”  
    Songwriters: Maren Morris, Sarah Aarons, Greg Kurstin 
  • “God’s Country”  
    Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy 
  • “Rainbow”  
    Songwriters: Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves 
  • “Tequila”  
    Songwriters: Dan Smyers, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds 

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Kelsea Ballerini 
  • Miranda Lambert 
  • Maren Morris 
  • Kacey Musgraves 
  • Carrie Underwood 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Dierks Bentley 
  • Luke Combs 
  • Thomas Rhett 
  • Chris Stapleton 
  • Keith Urban 

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Lady Antebellum 
  • Little Big Town 
  • Midland 
  • Old Dominion  
  • Zac Brown Band 

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

  • Brooks & Dunn 
  • Brothers Osborne 
  • Dan + Shay 
  • Florida Georgia Line 
  • Maddie & Tae 

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artists and Producer(s) 

  • “All My Favorite People” – Maren Morris (feat. Brothers Osborne) 
    Producers: Maren Morris, busbee 
  • “Brand New Man” – Brooks & Dunn (with Luke Combs) 
    Producer: Dann Huff 
  • “Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks & Blake Shelton 
    Producer: Garth Brooks 
  • “Old Town Road (Remix)” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus  
    Producers: YoungKio, Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross 
  • “What Happens In A Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell  
    Producer: Dann Huff 
Blake and Garth live in Boise
photo credit: Chris Willman

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Award goes to Artist(s) and Director 

  • “Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne  
    Director: Wes Edwards 
  • “GIRL” – Maren Morris 
    Director: Dave Meyers 
  • “God’s Country” – Blake Shelton 
    Director: Sophie Muller 
  • “Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves 
    Director: Hannah Lux Davis 
  • “Some Of It” – Eric Church 
    Director:  Reid Long 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR  

  • Cody Johnson 
  • Ashley McBryde 
  • Midland 
  • Carly Pearce 
  • Morgan Wallen 

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