55th Annual CMA Awards

Eric Church And Chris Stapleton Lead The Nominees For The 55th Annual CMA Awards

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NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess) — Eric Church and Chris Stapleton topped the list of nominees for the 55th annual CMA Awards, picking up five nominations each.

Church, the reigning Entertainer of the Year, received nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (Heart), Single of the Year (“Hell Of A View”), Song of the Year (“Hell Of A View”)

Stapleton, who been nominated for 26 CMA Awards over the course of his career, picked up nods this year for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (Starting Over), Single of the Year (“Starting Over”), Song of the Year (“Starting Over”).

First-time CMA Awards nominees include Brown, Dave Cohen, Corey Crowder, Jordan Davis, Paul DiGiovanni, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett, Aaron Eshuis, Chris Galland, Mickey Guyton, Charlie Handsome, Nicolette Hayford, Ryan Hurd, Martin Johnson, Emily Landis, Manny Marroquin, Jim McCormick, Sean Moffitt, Travis Nicholson, Drew Parker, Ed Pryor, Teddy Reimer, Running Bear and Aaron Sterling.

“This year, we have the opportunity to honor the superstars, new artists and emerging creators who are paving the way for Country Music,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “These nominees exemplify the creativity, passion and heart that make our Country Music community unlike any other genre. The breadth of voices is evident in this year’s nominations, and we could not be more thrilled to celebrate our deserving nominees in November!”

The nominees for female vocalist of the year include two first timers – Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce – along with Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, and Miranda Lambert, but notably do not include Carrie Underwood for the first time in 15 years.

Underwood, however, is in the running for Entertainer of the Year, and will be competing against Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, and Luke Combs for the accolade this year.

Winners of “The 55th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 1. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Wednesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT).

“The 55th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Alan Carter is the Director and David Wild is the Head Writer.


The 55th Annual CMA Awards will take place in Nashville, and air live on ABC on November 10th.

The Full List Of Nominees For The 55th Annual CMA Awards

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR 

  • Eric Church  
  • Luke Combs   
  • Miranda Lambert    
  • Chris Stapleton  
  • Carrie Underwood   

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

  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown 
    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young 
    Mix Engineer: Sean Moffitt 
  • “The Good Ones” – Gabby Barrett 
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale 
    Mix Engineers: Buckley Miller
  • “Hell Of A View” – Eric Church 
    Producer: Jay Joyce 
    Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce   
  • “One Night Standards” – Ashley McBryde 
    Producer: Jay Joyce 
    Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce   
  • “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton
    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton 
    Mix Engineer: Vance Powell 

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

  • 29 – Carly Pearce
    Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Jimmy Robbins  

Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore  

  • Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen 
    Producers: Dave Cohen, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome and Joey Moi  

Mix Engineer: Joey Moi  

  • Heart – Eric Church
    Producer: Jay Joyce 

Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce 

  • Skeletons – Brothers Osborne 
    Producer: Jay Joyce  

Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce 


  • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton 
    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton  

Mix Engineer: Vance Powell 

SONG OF THE YEAR  
Award goes to Songwriter(s)  

  • “Forever After All”  
    Songwriters: Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Robert Williford  
  • “The Good Ones”  
    Songwriters: Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick 
  • “Hell Of A View”  
    Songwriters: Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Monty Criswell  
  • “One Night Standards”  
    Songwriters: Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde 
  • “Starting Over”  
    Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton  

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR   

  • Gabby Barrett 
  • Miranda Lambert    
  • Ashley McBryde   
  • Maren Morris   
  • Carly Pearce  

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR   

  • Dierks Bentley 
  • Eric Church    
  • Luke Combs   
  • Thomas Rhett   
  • Chris Stapleton   

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR 

  • Lady A  
  • 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 Artist(s) and Producer(s)  

  • “Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan 
    Producer: Paul DiGiovanni  
  • “Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris 
    Producers: Aaron Eshuis, Teddy Reimer 
  • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – Elle King & Miranda Lambert 
    Producers: Martin Johnson, Brandon Paddock  
  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown 
    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young 
  • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney) 
    Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins 

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR  

  • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle  
  • Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar  
  • Aaron Sterling, Drums  
  • Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo  
  • Derek Wells, Guitar  

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR 
Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s) 


  • “Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris
    Director: TK McKamy  
  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown 
    Director: Peter Zavadil  
  • “Gone” – Dierks Bentley
    Directors: Wes Edwards, Travis Nicholson, Ed Pryor, Running Bear, Sam Siske 
  • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney) 
    Director: Patrick Tracy  
  • “Younger Me” – Brothers Osborne 
    Director: Reid Long  

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR  

  • Jimmie Allen   
  • Ingrid Andress   
  • Gabby Barrett   
  • Mickey Guyton 
  • HARDY 

 

“THE 55th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” – FINALISTS FOR BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (by market size):     

Weekly National  

  • “American Country Countdown” (Kix Brooks) – Westwood One 
  • “Country Countdown USA” (Lon Helton) – Westwood One 
  • “Country Gold” (Terri Clark) – Westwood One 
  • “The Crook & Chase Countdown” (Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase) – iHeartMedia 
  • “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence” (Tracy Lawrence and Patrick Thomas) – Compass Media Networks 

Daily National  

  • “The Big D and Bubba Show” (Derek Haskins, Sean Powell, Patrick Thomas and Carsen Humphreville) – Compass Media Networks 
  • “The Bobby Bones Show” (Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, “Lunchbox” Dan Chappell, Eddie Garcia, “Morgan #2” Huelsman, “Raymundo” Ray Slater, “Scuba Steve” Stephen Spradlin, “Mike D” Rodriguez and “Utility Hillary” Borden) – Premiere Networks 
  • “CMT After Midnite” (Cody Alan) – Premiere Networks 
  • “The Lia Show” (Lia Knight) – Westwood One 
  • “The Music Row Happy Hour” (Buzz Brainard and Ania Hammar) – Sirius XM Satellite Radio 

Major Market 

  • “Angie Ward” – WUBL, Atlanta, Ga.  
  • “Double-L” (Lois Lewis) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.  
  • “Hawkeye in the Morning with Hawkeye and Michelle” (“Hawkeye” Mark Louis Rybczyk and Michelle Rodriguez) – KSCS, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas 
  • “The Morning Bull: George, Mo & Cowboy Dave” (George Lindsey, “Mo” Monica Lunsford and “Cowboy Dave” Bayless) – KILT, Houston, Texas 
  • “Tampa Bay’s Morning Krewe with J.R., Launa and Kevin” (“J.R.” Jon Jaus, Launa Phillips and Kevin Ebel) – WQYK, Tampa Bay, Fla. 

Large Market 

  • “Jesse Tack” – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio 
  • “Jim, Deb & Kevin” (Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt and Kevin Freeman) – WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.  
  • “Lexi & Banks” (“Lexi” Elena Abatgis and “Banks” Jared Danielson) – KUBL, Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah 
  • “Ridder, Scott and Shannen” (“Ridder” Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin, and Shannen Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis. 
  • “The Wayne D Show” (“Wayne D” Danielson and Taylor Rosenberg) – WSIX, Nashville, Tenn. 

Medium Market 

  • “Brent Michaels” – KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.  
  • “Ellis and Bradley Show” (Bill Ellis and Beth Bradley) – WSSL, Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C. 
  • “Julie and DJ in the Morning” (“Julie K” Kansy and “D.J. Thee Trucker” Dale Sellers) – WPCV, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla. 
  • “Mo & StyckMan” (“Mo” Melissa Wagner and “StyckMan” Greg Owens) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn. 
  • “Steve & Gina In The Morning” (Steve Lundy and Gina Melton) – KXKT, Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa 

Small Market 

  • “Barrett, Fox & Berry” (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry) – KKNU, Eugene-Springfield, Ore. 
  • “Dr. Shane and Tess in the Morning” (Shane Collins and Tess Connell) – WPAP, Panama City, Fla.  
  • “KTTS Morning Show with Nancy & Rick” (Nancy Simpson and Rick Moore) – KTTS, Springfield, Mo. 
  • “Liz & Scotty in the Morning” (Liz Del Grosso and Scotty Cox) – KCLR, Columbia, Mo. 
  • “Steve, Ben and Nikki” (Steve Stroud, Ben Walker and Nikki Thomas) – WXBQ, Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va. 

 

“THE 55th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” – FINALISTS FOR RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (by market size):     

Major Market 

  • KNIX – Phoenix, Ariz. 
  • KNUC – Seattle-Tacoma, Wash. 
  • KYGO – Denver-Boulder, Colo.  
  • WNSH – New York City, N.Y.  
  • WXTU – Philadelphia, Pa.  
  • WYCD – Detroit, Mich.  

Large Market 

  • WFMS – Indianapolis, Ind. 
  • WMIL – Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.  
  • WQDR – Raleigh-Durham, N.C. 
  • WSIX – Nashville, Tenn. 
  • WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio 

Medium Market 

  • KATM – Modesto, Calif.  
  • KXKT – Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa 
  • KUZZ – Bakersfield, Calif. 
  • WQMX – Akron, Ohio 
  • WXCY – Wilmington, Del. 

Small Market 

  • KCLR – Columbia, Mo. 
  • KTTS – Springfield, Mo. 
  • WBYT – South Bend, Ind. 
  • WXBQ – Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va. 
  • WXFL – Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala. 
  • WYCT – Pensacola, Fla. 

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