Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean Kenny Chesney Brad Paisley Blake Shelton Taylor Swift
Female Vocalist of the Year: Kelly Clarkson Miranda Lambert Martina McBride Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood
Male Vocalist of the Year: Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Eric Church Blake Shelton Keith Urban
Vocal Duo of the Year: Big & Rich Love and Theft Sugarland The Civil Wars Thompson Square
Vocal Group of the Year: Eli Young Band Lady Antebellum Little Big Town The Band Perry Zac Brown Band
New Artist of the Year: Lee Brice Brantley Gilbert Hunter Hayes Love and Theft Thompson Square
Album of the Year: Chief - Eric Church Four the Record - Miranda Lambert Home - Dierks Bentley Own the Night - Lady Antebellum Tailgates & Tanlines - Luke Bryan
Single of the Year: "Dirt Road Anthem" - Jason Aldean "God Gave Me You" - Blake Shelton "Home" - Dierks Bentley "Pontoon" - Little Big Town "Springsteen" - Eric Church
Song of the Year: "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" - Eli Young Band "God Gave Me You" - Blake Shelton "Home" - Dierks Bentley "Over You" - Miranda Lambert "Springsteen" - Eric Church
Musical Event of the Year: "Dixie Highway" - Zac Brown Band ft. Alan Jackson "Feel Like a Rockstar" - Kenny Chesney ft. Tim McGraw "Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" - Willie Nelson ft. Snoop Dogg (Lion), Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson "Safe & Sound" - Taylor Swift ft. The Civil Wars "Stuck on You" - Lionel Richie ft. Darius Rucker
Music Video of the Year: "Come Over" - Kenny Chesney "Over You" - Miranda Lambert "Pontoon" - Little Big Town "Red Solo Cup" - Toby Keith "Springsteen" - Eric Church
Kelly can produce one mega-hit country ballad LAST year, follow it up this year with a moderate hit on country radio ('Mr. Know it All'), put a second country song on her album ('Breaking Your Own Heart'), and that's enough to steal a bunch of (big, blonde) country wigs to get a nomination for Female Vocalist. Effing love it.
I don't get what beef the CMA's have with Carrie Underwood? I mean, Blown Away was better critically reviewed than Play On, and she's snubbed of Album of the Year..for Lady Antebellum? Dierks Bentley? They obviously have something against her (they've have NEVER nominated her for Entertainer of the Year, even though the ACM's have nominated her twice, and she won both times)
Speaking of, what the hell is Taylor Swift doing in Entertainer of the Year? What exactly did she do since she released "Mean" (which I believe they nominated last year?). She just released her new song 2 weeks ago, so it can't be the success from that? Miranda Lambert deserved that spot more than Taylor, and that shows in the nominations (Taylor recieved 3 nominations; Miranda received 4, including the coveted Song and Album of the Year)
And how is it that Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney, who weren't considered within the top 5 Male Singers of the year, are somehow within the top 5 overall singers of the year? Brad Paisley didn't even have a top 10 hit this year, and hasn't released a song since "Camoflouge", which peaked at number 12.
Some of these nominations are just weird. While some are deserved (Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert), some are not (Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker (it should be Lionel Richie and Shania Twain)).
I wonder if Carrie's endorsement of marriage equality is hurting her standing among the tradional country contingency?
I was surprised to see her mostly overlooked here, too. I thought Blown Away would get into Album, and Good Girl into Single.
YUCK at Lady Antebellum's AOTY nomination!
Congrats to Kelly Clarkson for breaking yet another musical genre boundry!
If they punish Carrie for being brave enough to speak up in support of CIVIL RIGHTS, then they are a sick group of people. I'm not even a big fan of Carrie's, but I love that she had the nerve to speak her mind on such an important topic.
what can those nominations tell us if it comes to the Grammy noms in the country field?
i'm surprised by few things: 1. Carrie is shut out, and i guess BA must've been eligible. Play On & Carnival Ride WERE NOMINATED here; 2. Dirt Road Anthem was nominated last year for song of the year, and this year is nominated for single of the year; 3. Kelly Clarkson nominated instead of any other country female artist; 4. Over You nominated as a song of the year, and while i love it, i didn't think it had that great lyrics or melody.
good that Even If It Breaks Your Heart got in. i love it.