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Country Music’s Best: CMA Awards Announced


Blake Shelton,  Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift are among the biggest artists roping nominations at the 46th Annual CMA Awards, honoring the best in country music.

Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan were on hand in New York City’s Times Square this morning to announce the nominees for the five major categories live on Good Morning America. The rest of the finalists for the Country Music Awards are due to be revealed at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill later today.

Church led the list of nominees with five nods, including Male Vocalist of the Year; Album of the year for Chief; and Single, Song and Music Video of the Year for his hit “Springsteen.”

Hot on his heels are married country crooners Lambert and Shelton, who scored four nominations apiece including sharing one for Song of the Year for “Over You.”

Along with nabbing a nomination for Entertainer of the Year, which she earned last year as well, seven-time CMA winner Swift will face off opposite American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride in the Female Vocalist of the Year category. The songbird was also nominated for Musical Event of the Year for “Safe & Sound.”

This year’s ceremony is scheduled to air live on ABC from Nashville on Nov. 1 and will be hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley along with Carrie Underwood.

Here’s a roundup of the five major categories unveiled this morning:

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 Group of the Year

• Eli Young Band
• Lady Antebellum
• Little Big Town
• The Band Perry
• Zac Brown Band

Entertainer of the Year

• Jason Aldean
• Kenny Chesney
• Brad Paisley
• Blake Shelton
• Taylor Swift

Album of the Year

• Chief, Eric Church
• For the Record, Miranda Lambert
• Home, Dierks Bentley
• Own the Night, Lady Antebellum
• Tailgates and Tanlines, Luke Bryan

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