Nominations for 52nd Annual CMA Awards Revealed

Chris Stapleton and Midland are among the top nominees!

Written by Lauren Laffer
Nominations for 52nd Annual CMA Awards Revealed
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 08: Chris Stapleton accepts an award onstage at the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)

It’s official – the nominees for the 52nd Annual CMA Awards have been revealed.

This year’s Entertainer of the Year nominees include Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean and Keith Urban. Stapleton and Urban both also earned a nomination in the Male Vocalist of the Year category.

Sugarland returned to the nominations after a multi-year hiatus in the Vocal Duo of the Year category, competing against reigning CMA Vocal Duo winners Brothers Osborne, plus Dan + Shay, Maddie & Tae and Florida Georgia Line.

The nominations were revealed by Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay and Sugarland during a segment on Good Morning America. The five singers went live from Luke’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink on Nashville’s famed Broadway to share the exciting news. Additionally, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will return as hosts for the 11th consecutive year.

Nominees and winners for the 52nd Annual CMA Awards are determined by the more than 7,400 members of the CMA.

The 52nd Annual CMA Awards will take place live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

See the full list of nominees below…

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban
Kenny Chesney

Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Producers)
From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, Kacey Musgraves

Graffiti U – Keith Urban
Producers: Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, J.R. Rotem, Josh Kerr, Jason Evigan, Greg Wells, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Jesse Shatkin, Jimmy Robbins, Oscar Holter, Matt Rad, Eric Valentine, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mike Elizondo, Captain Cuts, Ross Copperman, Dann Huff, Peter Karlsson

Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett

The Mountain – Dierks Bentley
Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora Jr

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban
Luke Combs
Dierks Bentley

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
“Body Like A Back Road” – Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
“Broken Halos” – Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton
“Drowns the Whiskey” – Josh Thompson, Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton
“Drunk Girl” – Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson
“Tequila” – Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Chris Janson
Brett Young

Single Record of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Producer)
• “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Mix Engineer: Vance Powell

“Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland
Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank

• “Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
Producer: Michael Knox
Mix Engineer: Jeff Braun

• “Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Producer: Willshire
Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea

• “Tequila” – Dan + Shay
Producers: Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers
Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano

Musical Event of the Year
“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley ft Brothers Osborne
“Dear Hate” – Maren Morris ft. Vince Gill
“Drowns The Whiskey” – Jason Aldean ft. Miranda Lambert
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy ft. Kenny Chesney
“Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Director)
• “Babe” – Sugarland (Featuring Taylor Swift)
Director: Anthony Mandler

• “Cry Pretty” – Carrie Underwood
Director: Randee St. Nicholas

• “Drunk Girl” – Chris Janson
Director: Jeff Venable

• “Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
Director: TK McKamy

• “Tequila” – Dan + Shay
Director: Patrick Tracy

Musician of the Year
• Jerry Douglas, Dobro
• Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
• Dann Huff, Guitar
• Mac McAnally, Guitar
• Derek Wells, Guitar