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Stapleton tops CMA nominations

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 – Chris Stapleton topped the list of CMA Music Awards finalists with five nominations.

Producer and musician Dan Huff received four nominations, the second most nominations this year.

Nine artists captured three each-Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban.

Stapleton was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year ("Broken Halos"), Album of the Year (From A Room: Volume 2), Song of the Year ("Broken Halos") and Male Vocalist of the Year/.

Nominees were:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s))
"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

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
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.

SONG OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Songwriter(s))
"Body Like A Back Road" Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
"Broken Halos" Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton
"Drowns the Whiskey" Songwriter: Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson
"Drunk Girl" Songwriter: Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson
"Tequila" Songwriter: Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lady Antebellum
LANCO
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Sugarland

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (Award goes to each Artist)
"Burning Man" - Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne
"Dear Hate" - Maren Morris (Feat. Vince Gill)
"Drowns the Whiskey" - Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
"Everything's Gonna Be Alright" - David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney)
"Meant to Be" - Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

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 (Award goes to Artist and Director(s))
"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

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Chris Janson
Midland
Brett Young

Broadcast award nominations were:

NATIONAL
"American Country Countdown" (Kix Brooks) - Westwood One
"Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40" (Bob Kingsley) - Westwood One
"Country Countdown USA" (Lon Helton) - Westwood One
"The Mayor of Music Row" (Charlie Monk) - Sirius XM Satellite Radio
"The Music Row Happy Hour" (Buzz Brainard) - Sirius XM Satellite Radio

MAJOR MARKET
"Bud and Broadway" (Bud Ford, Jerry Broadway, Kelly Rebal, "Captain Mac Douglas" Gregory Paul Ford, "T.Wall" Tom Wall, and "Sweet Becca" Walls) - WIL, St. Louis, Mo.
"Double-L" (Lois Lewis) - KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.
"Hawkeye in the Morning" ("Hawkeye" Mark Louis Rybczyk, Jasmine Sadry, and "Connected K" Katelyn Maida) - KSCS, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
"KYGO Morning Show" (Tracy Dixon, Guy David, and Patrick Knight) - KYGO, Denver-Boulder, Colo.
"Tim, Ben and Brooke" (Tim Hattrick, Ben Campbell, and Brooke Hoover) - KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.

LARGE MARKET
"Jim, Deb & Kevin" (Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt, and Kevin Freeman) - WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.
"Obie & Ashley In The Morning" (Obie Diaz and Ashley Stegbauer) - WWKA, Orlando, Fla.
"Q Morning Crew" (Mike Wheless and Janie Carothers) - WQDR, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
"The Randy, Jamie, and Jojo Show" (Randy Carroll, Jamie Martin, and Jojo Meza) - KAJA, San Antonio, Texas
"Ridder, Scott and Shannen" ("Ridder" Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin, and Shannen Oesterreich) - WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, WI

MEDIUM MARKET
"The 97.5 WPCV Breakfast Club" (Roger Todd, "Julie K." Kansy, and "D.J. Thee Trucker" Dale Sellers) - WPCV, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla. Brent Michaels - KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.
"Ken, Kelley, and Daniel" (Ken Hicks, Kelley Bradshaw, and Daniel Wyatt) - WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
"The Odd Squad" (Roger Rhodes, Robyn Adair, and Dan Carson) - CKRY, Calgary, Alta.
"Scott and Sarah in the Morning" (Scott Wynn and Sarah Kay) - WQMX, Akron, Ohio

SMALL MARKET
"Barrett, Fox & Berry" (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry) - KKNU, Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
"The Cat Pak Morning Show" (Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton) - WYCT, Pensacola, Fla.
"The Eddie Foxx Show" (Eddie Foxx and Sharon Green) - WKSF, Asheville, N.C.
"The Good Morning Guys" (Todd Harding, Susan Moore, and Brian Gary) - KUAD, Ft. Collins-Greeley, Colo.
"Steve and Jessica Mornings" (Steve Waters and Jessica Cash) - WFLS, Fredericksburg, Va.

Radio station nominations were

MAJOR MARKET
KKBQ- Houston-Galveston, Texas
KNIX - Phoenix, Ariz.
KUPL - Portland, Ore.
WKKT - Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C.
WSOC - Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C.

LARGE MARKET
KCYY - San Antonio, Texas
KUBL - Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
WQIK - Jacksonville, Fla.
WUBE - Cincinnati, Ohio
WWKA - Orlando, Fla.

MEDIUM MARKET
KUZZ - Bakersfield, Calif.
WBBS - Syracuse, N.Y.
WHKO - Dayton, Ohio
WUSY - Chattanooga, Tenn.
WYRK - Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.

SMALL MARKET
KCLR - Columbia, Mo.
KKNU - Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
KTTS - Springfield, Mo.
WCOW - La Crosse, Wis.
WKSF - Asheville, N.C.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return for an 11th year to hot on Nov. 14.

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