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STAPLETON LEADS CMA AWARDS NOMS

Chris Stapleton has received five nominations for the 52nd Annual CMA Awards while Dann Huff has four. Another nine acts received three each.

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban received three each.

Seven-time winner Stapleton is up for Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year (“Broken Halos”), Album of the Year (From A Room: Volume 2), Song of the Year (“Broken Halos”) and Male Vocalist of the Year.

The other Entertainer of the Year nominees are Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Urban.

Huff, a 31-time nominee with three wins for Musician of the Year and two wins for Single of the Year, received a Single nom for producing Midland’s “Drinkin’ Problem,” is nominated twice in the Album category (Urban’s Graffiti U and Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes) and is up for Musician of the Year.

The 52nd Annual CMA Awards will be held 11/14 Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and broadcast on ABC. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return for an 11th year as hosts.

The nominations:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

“Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton Mix Engineer: Vance Powell

“Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank

“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert) Producer: Michael Knox Mix Engineer: Jeff Braun

“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line Producer: Willshire Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea

“Tequila” – Dan + Shay

Producers: Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris Stapleton Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, Kacey Musgraves

Graffiti U – Keith Urban Producers: Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, J.R. Rotem, Josh Kerr, Jason Evigan, Greg Wells, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Jesse Shatkin, Jimmy Robbins, Oscar Holter, Matt Rad, Eric Valentine, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mike Elizondo, Captain Cuts, Ross Copperman, Dann Huff, Peter Karlsson

Life Changes – Thomas Rhett Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett

The Mountain – Dierks Bentley Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora Jr. 

SONG OF THE YEAR

“Body Like A Back Road” Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

“Broken Halos” Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton

“Drowns the Whiskey” Songwriter: Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson

“Drunk Girl” Songwriter: Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson

“Tequila” Songwriter: Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

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

LANCO

Little Big Town

Midland

Old Dominion

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae

Sugarland

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne

“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris (Feat. Vince Gill)

“Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)

“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney)

“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Jerry Douglas, Dobro

Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar

Dann Huff, Guitar

Mac McAnally, Guitar

Derek Wells, Guitar 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“Babe” – Sugarland (Featuring Taylor Swift) Director: Anthony Mandler

“Cry Pretty” – Carrie Underwood Director: Randee St. Nicholas

“Drunk Girl” – Chris Janson Director: Jeff Venable

“Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett Director: TK McKamy

“Tequila” – Dan + Shay Director: Patrick Tracy

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Lauren Alaina

Luke Combs

Chris Janson

Midland

Brett Young

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