Keith Urban Up For Four, Tim McGraw Three CMA Awards; Garth Brooks & Urban Get Entertainer Nods

by Music-News.com Newsdesk & VVN Music

Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris lead the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards with five nominations each.

The trio emerged as frontrunners of the annual country music ceremony when the first wave of nominations were read out by Dierks Bentley, Cam and Keith Urban from the famed Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee on U.S. show Good Morning America while the rest were announced online.

Bentley, Urban and Carrie Underwood came closely behind with four nods and Tim McGraw followed with three mentions. All three men will compete for the Male Vocalist prize alongside Church and Stapleton, while Carrie was nominated for the female equivalent with Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, newcomer Morris, and Kacey Musgraves.

The Entertainer of the Year trophy is between Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Underwood, and Urban while Vocal Group of the Year is a battle between acts Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts, and Zac Brown Band.

Stapleton continues his nominations streak with a nod for Single of the Year for Nobody To Blame, and his competitors include Die a Happy Man by Thomas Rhett, McGraw's Humble and Kind, My Church by Maren Morris, and Record Year by Eric Church.

The coveted Album of the Year prize will be fought between Bentley (Black), Morris (Hero), Eric Church (Mr. Misunderstood), Keith Urban (Ripcord) and Carrie Underwood (Storyteller).

Other veteran artists receiving nominations were Jerry Douglas, Paul Franklin, Dann Huff and Brent Mason who are all up for Musician of the Year.

The 50th CMA Awards will be hosted by Underwood and Brad Paisley for the ninth year in a row from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 2.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
  • Die a Happy Man - Thomas Rhett
  • Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw
  • My Church - Maren Morris
  • Nobody To Blame - Chris Stapleton
  • Record Year - Eric Church
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
  • Black - Dierks Bentley
  • Hero - Maren Morris
  • Mr. Misunderstood - Eric Church
  • Ripcord - Keith Urban
  • Storyteller - Carrie Underwood
SONG OF THE YEAR
  • Burning House - Camaron "Cam" Ochs, Tyler Johnson, Jeff Bhasker
  • Die a Happy Man - Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, and Joe Spargur
  • Humble and Kind - Lori McKenna
  • My Church - Busbee and Maren Morris
  • Record Year - Eric Church and Jeff Hyde
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Tim McGraw
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Joey + Rory
  • Maddie & Tae
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
  • Different For Girls - Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King
  • Home Alone Tonight - Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
  • The Fighter - Keith Urban (featuring Carrie Underwood)
  • Think of You - Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)
  • You Are My Sunshine - Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
  • Jerry Douglas (Dobro/Lap Steel Guitar)
  • Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
  • Dann Huff (Guitar)
  • Brent Mason (Guitar)
  • Derek Wells (Guitar)
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
  • Burning House - Cam
  • Fire Away - Chris Stapleton
  • Humble and Kind - Tim McGraw
  • Record Year - Eric Church
  • Somewhere On A Beach - Dierks Bentley
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Maren Morris
  • Old Dominion
  • Cole Swindell

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