Taylor Swift won this award in 2009 but was snubbed in 2010. However, she came back to win the category again in 2011.
This is Blake Shelton's second consecutive nomination in this category. His profile has been raised by his appearances on the NBC singing show "The Voice" and his marriage to country songbird Miranda Lambert.
Brad Paisley only won one CMA Award in 2010 but it was this big one. He has racked up 14 trophies in all. He was also nominated in this category last year.
Jason Aldean's album "My Kinda Party" won Album of the Year last year. This is his second nomination in this category.
Kenny Chesney has won this category four times: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008.