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CMA Nominations 2017: Miranda Lambert Tops List

CMA Nominations 2017: Miranda Lambert Tops List

Miranda Lamber performs at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

By    |   Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:03 AM

The CMA Awards nominations for 2017 have been revealed, and Miranda Lambert topped the list of nominees followed by Keith Urban and Little Big Town.

The announcement was made by country music stars Lauren Alaina, Dustin Lynch and T.J. and John Osborne of "Brothers Osborne," who appeared on "Good Morning America" on Monday to share the names of nominees in 12 CMA award categories.

Lambert clinched a total of five nominations, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Single of the Year, Rolling Stone noted.

Urban and Little Big Town secured four nominations each while several up-and-coming performers received their first nominations this year.

Among the newcomers is Jon Pardi, Luke Combs, Brett Young and Alaina, who found out when she heard her name read among the nominees.

"I'm really trying not to cry, because I feel like I always cry," she said, joking that she hoped her parents were awake to hear the news.

"I'm blown away. I'm really excited, and it's an honor."

"Brothers Osborne" also gained two nominations, including Vocal Duo of the Year, an award that they won last year.

T.J. Osborne said "just being nominated is really cool."

He joked that "being the reigning duo winner, I was hoping that we would be at least nominated this time or you would have seen a complete meltdown."

"The talent of the past year for country has been exceptional," CMA Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Trahern said in a statement.

She added that, although it was great to see nominee names that have graced the list before, it was "equally thrilling to see six new names – ushering in a new generation earning their first CMA Awards nods."

The 51st Annual CMA Awards will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 8 (8:00-11:00 p.m. Eastern) on the ABC Television Network.

Here is the list of nominees, according to the Country Music Association statement.

Entertainer of the Year

  • Garth Brooks
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

Single of the Year

  • "Better Man" – Little Big Town

Producer: Jay Joyce
Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce

  • "Blue Ain’t Your Color" – Keith Urban

Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban
Mix Engineer: Chris Lord-Alge

  • "Body Like A Back Road" – Sam Hunt

Producer: Zach Crowell
Mix Engineer: Zach Crowell

  • "Dirt On My Boots" – Jon Pardi

Producers: Bart Butler, Jon Pardi
Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore

  • "Tin Man" – Miranda Lambert

Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf
Mix Engineer: Eric Masse

Album of the Year

  • The Breaker – Little Big Town

Producer: Jay Joyce

  • From A Room: Volume 1 – Chris Stapleton

Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

  • Heart Break – Lady Antebellum

Producer: busbee

  • The Nashville Sound – Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Producer: Dave Cobb

  • The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert

Producers: Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, Eric Masse

Song of the Year

  • "Better Man"

Songwriter: Taylor Swift

  • "Blue Ain’t Your Color"

Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen

  • "Body Like A Back Road"

Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne

  • "Dirt On My Boots"

Songwriters: Rhett Akins, Jesse Frasure, Ashley Gorley

  • "Tin Man"

Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall

Female Vocalist of the Year

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Maren Morris
  • Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church
  • Thomas Rhett
  • 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
  • Maddie & Tae

Musical Event of the Year

  • "Craving You" – Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris
  • "Funny How Time Slips Away" – Glen Campbell with Willie Nelson
  • "Kill A Word" – Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens
  • "Setting the World on Fire" – Kenny Chesney with P!nk
  • "Speak to a Girl" – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill

Musician of the Year

  • Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
  • Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
  • Dann Huff (Guitar)
  • Mac McAnally (Guitar)
  • Derek Wells (Guitar)

Music Video of the Year

  • "Better Man" – Little Big Town

Directors: Becky Fluke and Reid Long

  • "Blue Ain’t Your Color" – Keith Urban

Director: Carter Smith

  • "Craving You" – Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris

Director: TK McKamy

  • "It Ain’t My Fault" – Brothers Osborne

Directors: Wes Edwards and Ryan Silver

  • "Vice" – Miranda Lambert

Director: Trey Fanjoy

New Artist of the Year

  • Lauren Alaina
  • Luke Combs
  • Old Dominion
  • Jon Pardi
  • Brett Young

The Final CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year (by market size)


  • "American Country Countdown" (Kix Brooks) – Cumulus
  • "The Big D and Bubba Show" (Derek Haskins, Sean Powell, Patrick Thomas, and Carsen Humphreville) – Compass Media Networks
  • "The Blair Garner Show" (Blair Garner) – Cumulus
  • "The Bobby Bones Show" (Bobby Bones) – iHeartMedia
  • "Country Gold" (Terri Clark) – Westwood One


  • "Bud and Broadway" (Bud Ford, Jerry Broadway, and Kelly Rebal) – WIL, St. Louis, Mo.
  • "Michael J On Air" (Michael J. Stuehler) – WPOC, Baltimore, Md.
  • "Mike & Amy" (Mike Chase and Amy Faust) – KWJJ, Portland, Ore.
  • "Paul Schadt and Meg" (Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, and Geof Knight) – WKKT, Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.
  • "The Q Morning Zoo" (Tim Tuttle, Kevin Kline, and Erica Rico) – KKBQ, Houston-Galveston, Texas


  • "Amanda and Jesse" (Amanda Valentine and Jesse Tack) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • "The Boxer Show" ("Boxer" Brandon Nasby) – WCOL, Columbus, Ohio
  • "Double-L" (Lois Lewis) – KWNR, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • "The Randy, Jamie, and Jojo Show" (Randy Carroll, Jamie Martin, and JoJo Meza) – KAJA, San Antonio, Texas
  • "Tige And Daniel" (Tige Rodgers, Daniel Baker, and Mari Mueller) – WSIX, Nashville, Tenn.
  • "Woody and the Wake-UP Call" (Woody Johnson, Dan E. Zuko, and Kayla Hanley) – WCOL, Columbus, Ohio


  • Brent Michaels – KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.
  • "Cash and Bradley" (Natalie Cash and Matt Bradley) – KWEN, Tulsa, Okla.
  • "The Dex and Mo Show" (Bill "Dex" Poindexter and Melissa "Mo" Turner) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • "New Country Mornings" (Nancy Wilson and James Frye) – WHKO, Dayton, Ohio
  • "Tom & Becky" (Tom Owens and Becky Palmer) – WBBS, Syracuse, N.Y.


  • "Barrett, Fox & Berry" (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry) – KKNU, Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
  • "Ben and Arnie" (Arnie Andrews and Ben Butler) – WCOW, La Crosse, Wis.
  • "The Cat Pak Morning Show" (Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton) – WYCT, Pensacola, Fla.
  • "Officer Don and DeAnn" (Don Evans and DeAnn Stephens) – WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
  • "Scotty & Cara in the Morning" (Scotty Cox and Cara Denis) – KCLR, Columbia, Mo.

The Final CMA Radio Station of the Year (by market size)


  • KPLX – Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  • KUPL – Portland, Ore.
  • KWJJ – Portland, Ore.
  • WIL – St. Louis, Mo.
  • WKKT– Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.


  • KCYY – San Antonio, Texas
  • WCOL – Columbus, Ohio
  • WQDR – Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
  • WQIK – Jacksonville, Fla.
  • WSIX – Nashville, Tenn.


  • CKRY – Calgary, Alta.
  • KXKT – Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa
  • WBBS – Syracuse, N.Y.
  • WIVK – Knoxville, Tenn.
  • WYRK – Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.


  • KCLR – Columbia, Mo.
  • KKNU – Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
  • KORA – Bryan-College Station, Texas
  • WCOW – La Crosse, Wis.
  • WYCT – Pensacola, Fla.

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