Garth Brooks & Kenny Chesney Nominated For Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs

The nominations were announced this morning for the 49th Annual CMA Awards with veteran country artists Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney nominated for Entertainer of the Year.

Brooks and Chesney will compete against Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Miranda Lambert for the coveted award.

Overall, Church and Little Big Town led all nominees with five each while Chesney and Lambert each received four as did songwriter and producer Shane McAnally. Sam Hunt, Maddie & Tae, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Stapleton each were given three nods.

While Brooks is only up for Entertainer of the Year, Chesney also has nominations for Single (American Kids), Album of the Year (The Big Revival) and Musical Event (Wild Child with Grace Potter). Other veteran artists nominated include Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard (Musical Event for Django and Jimmie), Keith Urban (Musical Event for Raise 'Em Up with Eric Church) and all five nominations for Musician of the Year (Sam Bush (Mandolin), Jerry Douglas (Dobro), Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar), Dann Huff (Guitar), Mac McAnally (Guitar)).

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are hosting for the eighth time from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, November 4. Steven Tyler and Kelsea Ballerina announced the nominations on ABC's Good Morning America.

The nominations:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Eric Church
  • Miranda Lambert
SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
  • American Kids - Kenny Chesney - Produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney
  • Girl Crush - Little Big Town - Produced by Jay Joyce
  • I Don't Dance - Lee Brice - Produced by Lee Brice
  • Take Your Time - Sam Hunt - Produced Zach Crowell and Shane McAnally
  • Talladega - Eric Church - Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
  • Old Boots, New Dirt - Jason Aldean - Produced by Michael Knox
  • Pageant Material - Kacey Musgraves - Produced by Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally
  • Pain Killer - Little Big Town - Produced by Jay Joyce
  • The Big Revival - Kenny Chesney - Produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney
  • Traveller - Chris Stapleton - Produced by Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton
SONG OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Songwriter(s))
  • American Kids - Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally
  • Girl Crush - Liz Rose, Lori McKenna, and Hillary Lindsey
  • Like a Cowboy - Randy Houser and Brice Long
  • Like a Wrecking Ball - Eric Church and Casey Beathard
  • Take Your Time - Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Josh Osborne
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Lee Ann Womack
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Blake Shelton
  • Chris Stapleton
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Rascal Flatts
  • The Band Perry
  • Zac Brown Band
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Thompson Square
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (Award goes to each artist)
  • Django and Jimmie - Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
  • Lonely Tonight - Blake Shelton featuring Ashley Monroe
  • Raise 'Em Up - Keith Urban featuring Eric Church
  • Smokin' and Drinkin' - Miranda Lambert featuring Little Big Town
  • Wild Child - Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
  • Sam Bush (Mandolin)
  • Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
  • Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
  • Dann Huff (Guitar)
  • Mac McAnally (Guitar)
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
  • Biscuits - Kacey Musgraves - Directed by Marc Klasfeld
  • Girl Crush - Little Big Town - Directed by Karla Welch and Matthew Welch
  • Girl in a Country Song - Maddie & Tae - Directed by TK McKamy
  • Little Red Wagon - Miranda Lambert - Directed by Trey Fanjoy
  • Something in the Water - Carrie Underwood - Directed by Raj Kapoor
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Sam Hunt
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton


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