Stars React to ‘The 46th Annual CMA Awards’ Nominations

Written by SLN Staff Writer
Stars React to ‘The 46th Annual CMA Awards’ Nominations

The nominees for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” were announced this morning and in addition to repeat nominees, some artists are receiving nominations in particular categories for the very first time. It’s certainly an exciting day for all of the nominees! Read below to see what some of the stars have to say about their nominations…

“I really don’t even know what to say! I’m still a little bit in shock… I’m truly speechless. I think it’s a testament to the fans that believed in the music… loved the music… and told people about the music because otherwise we don’t really have the track record to be the most nominated at this point in our career. I think that it’s truly because of the fans… they did something I think is going to be judged as pretty special.” – Eric Church


“Man, that was a blast announcing the CMA nominations with my buddy Jason Aldean. I am so honored to be nominated in two great categories!” – Luke Bryan

“Super xcited about CMA noms…. Huge thanx to u guys for makin this an incredible year…. Now going to soundcheck at Letterman.” – Jason Aldean

“Woke up to the wonderful news, 3 CMA nominations! Entertainer, female, and so excited to be nominated with @thecivilwars for vocal event!!” – Taylor Swift

“So grateful and happy to hear the news this morning about the CMA nomination. Congrats to all the nominees! xoxo” – Martina McBride

“It is an honor for us to be nominated in the CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” category. We don’t take anything for granted. We always strive to work hard and do our best. Country Music is the peoples’ music, we are humbled to have the opportunity to play it.” – The Band Perry

“We can’t even believe it! We are honored and humbled to be nominated. It’s most certainly one of the biggest highlights of our career. We can’t thank everyone enough!” – Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft

“I have been watching my idols on the CMA awards since I was a little kid. It is such an honor to be nominated in two categories. I have been dreaming of this my whole life.” – Eric Gunderson of Love and Theft

“I am thrilled to receive my first nomination from the CMA. I am so grateful to the country music community for embracing this project and making me feel so at home. To share this nomination with my friend Darius Rucker makes it even more special. I have a CMA nomination and a friend for life. It doesn’t get much better than that.” – Lionel Richie

“I can’t even begin to express how good it feels to receive this nomination today. It’s an honor, especially in the company of these other hard-working artists. I just feel so blessed.” – Lee Brice

“What an honor it is to be recognized by the country music family that I’ve always wanted to be a part of. I am absolutely over the top excited to be nominated for CMA’s New Artist of the Year! My first CMA nomination. So grateful. So excited. Thank you!!” – Hunter Hayes

“I never get tired of these ‘Oh-My-God-How-Did-This-Happen?!!’ moments. Thank you to country radio and everyone who casts a CMA vote. I am truly honored.” – Blake Shelton

“Yesterday-10 year anniversary of me winning Idol. Today-nominated in female vocalist category for the CMA’s!! YEAH! I promise to earn that!!” – Kelly Clarkson

Other country artists even took time to congratulate their nominated friends…

“Congrats to our tour mates, Little Big Town and Eli Young Band for their CMA nominations!!! Much deserved!!” – Jay Demarcus of Rascal Flatts

“@martinamcbride Congrats to you too for you nomination for Female Vocalist!!” – Reba (She also congratulated her friend, Kelly Clarkson)

Congratulations to all of the nominees! Find out who takes home the awards when the 46th Annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville on Thursday, Nov. 1 on ABC.