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Keith Urban & Miranda Lambert Lead CMA Nominations; Garth Brooks Up For Entertainer of the Year

by VVN Music

The nominations for the CMA Awards were announced on Labor Day morning by Lauren Alaina, Dustin Lynch and the Brothers Osborne on ABC's Good Morning America and it was a great day for Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban.

The country singers received five nominations each in the twelve categories announced but, as usual, Lambert failed to get a nod in Entertainer of the Year which was dominated by five men.

Veteran artists Garth Brooks and Urban will go up against Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Chris Stapleton for the Entertainer award.  Urban is also up for Male Vocalist, Music Video, Single and Song of the Year, all for "Blue Ain't Your Color".

Little Big Town received four nominations along with a nod for Song of the Year. Their hit "Better Man" was written by Taylor Swift who has been persona non grata in country music since her transition to a more pop sound.

Reba McEntire is once again nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.  Reba won the award four years in a row between 1984 and 1987 but the category has been dominated over the last eleven years by Miranda Lambert (six wins), Carrie Underwood (4 wins) and Taylor Swift (1 win).

Veterans also dominate the Event of the Year category including Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson for "Funny How Time Slips Away", Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk on "Setting the World on Fire" and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill for "Speak to a Girl".

Finally, vets took four of the five nominations for Instrumentalist of the Year.

The 51st CMA Awards will be presented on Wednesday, November 8 (ABC) with hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

The nominations with veteran artists in bold.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
Album of the Year
  • The Breaker – Little Big Town
  • From A Room, Vol. 1 – Chris Stapleton
  • Heart Break – Lady Antebellum
  • The Nashville Sound – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
  • The Weight of These Wings ­– Miranda Lambert
Single of the Year
  • "Better Man" – Little Big Town
  • "Blue Ain't Your Color" – Keith Urban
  • "Body Like a Back Road" – Sam Hunt
  • "Dirt on My Boots" – Jon Pardi
  • "Tin Man" – Miranda Lambert
Song of the Year
  • "Better Man" – Little Big Town (songwriter: Taylor Swift)
  • "Blue Ain't Your Color" – Keith Urban (songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Olsen)
  • "Body Like a Back Road" – Sam Hunt (songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne)
  • "Dirt on My Boots" – Jon Pardi (songwriters: Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley)
  • "Tin Man" – Miranda Lambert (songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall)
Male Vocalist of the Year
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
Female Vocalist of the Year
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood
New Artist of the Year
  • Luke Combs
  • Old Dominion
  • Luke Combs
  • Brett Young
  • Lauren Alaina
Vocal Duo of the Year
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • LoCash
  • Maddie and Tae
  • Brothers Osborne
Vocal Group of the Year
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Zac Brown Band
Music Video of the Year
  • "Better Man" – Little Big Town
  • "Blue Ain't Your Color" – Keith Urban
  • "Craving You" – Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
  • "It Ain't My Fault" – Brothers Osborne
  • "Vice" – Miranda Lambert
Musical Event of the Year
  • "Craving You" – Thomas Rhett feat. Maren Morris
  • "Funny How Time Slips Away" – Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson
  • "Kill a Word" – Eric Church feat. Rhiannon Giddens
  • "Setting the World on Fire" – Kenny Chesney with Pink
  • "Speak to a Girl" – Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Musician of the Year
  • Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
  • Paul Franklin (Steel guitar)
  • Dann Huff (Guitar)
  • Mac McAnally (Guitar)
  • Derek Wells (Guitar)