Stapleton, Church lad CMA nominations with five each
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Stapleton, Church lad CMA nominations with five each

Thursday, September 9, 2021 – Chris Stapleton and Eric Church lead the Country Music Association's 55th Annual CMA Awards," with five nominations. apiece.

Combs, Lambert and Carrie Underwood all return alongside Church and Stapleton with nominations in the Entertainer of the Year category, the night's highest honor.

The awards will be broadcast live from Nashville on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. eastern on ABC.

First-time CMA Awards nominees include Brown, Dave Cohen, Corey Crowder, Jordan Davis, Paul DiGiovanni, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett, Aaron Eshuis, Chris Galland, Mickey Guyton, Charlie Handsome, Nicolette Hayford, Ryan Hurd, Martin Johnson, Emily Landis, Manny Marroquin, Jim McCormick, Sean Moffitt, Travis Nicholson, Drew Parker, Ed Pryor, Teddy Reimer, Running Bear and Aaron Sterling.

"This year, we have the opportunity to honor the superstars, new artists and emerging creators who are paving the way for Country Music," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "These nominees exemplify the creativity, passion and heart that make our country music community unlike any other genre. The breadth of voices is evident in this year's nominations, and we could not be more thrilled to celebrate our deserving nominees in November."

Church was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year ("Heart"), Single of the Year ("Hell Of A View") and Song of the Year ("Hell Of A View"). He now has received a total of 40 nominations and four previous wins.

Stapleton was nominated in the same categories - Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year ("Starting Over"), Single of the Year ("Starting Over") and Song of the Year ("Starting Over"). He now totals 26 nominations including five for Entertainer of the Year.

Nominees are:

Entertainer of the Year
Eric Church
Luke Combs  
Miranda Lambert   
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood  

Single of the Year - Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and mix engineer(s) 
"Famous Friends" – Chris Young with Kane Brown, producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young, mix engineer: Sean Moffitt
"The Good Ones" – Gabby Barrett, producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale, mix engineers: Chris Galland, Manny Marroquin
"Hell Of A View" – Eric Church, producer: Jay Joyce, mix engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce  
"One Night Standards" – Ashley McBryde, producer: Jay Joyce, mix engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce  
"Starting Over" – Chris Stapleton, producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, mix engineer: Vance Powell

Album of the Year - Award goes to Artist(s), producer(s) and mix engineer(s)
29 – Carly Pearce - producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Jimmy Robbins, mix engineer: Ryan Gore 
Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen, producers: Dave Cohen, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome and Joey Moi, mix engineer: Joey Moi 
Heart – Eric Church, producer: Jay Joyce, mix engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
Skeletons – Brothers Osborne, producer: Jay Joyce, mix engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce
Starting Over – Chris Stapleton, producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, mix engineer: Vance Powell

Song of the Year - Award goes to Songwriter(s) 
"Forever After All" - songwriters: Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Robert Williford 
"The Good Ones" - songwriters: Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick
"Hell Of A View" - songwriters: Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Monty Criswell 
"One Night Standards" - songwriters: Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde
"Starting Over" - songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year  
Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert   
Ashley McBryde  
Maren Morris  
Carly Pearce

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Eric Church   
Luke Combs  
Thomas Rhett  
Chris Stapleton  

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady A 
Little Big Town  
Old Dominion   
Zac Brown Band

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

Musical Event of the Year - Award goes to Artist(s) and Producer(s) 
"Buy Dirt" – Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan, producer: Paul DiGiovanni 
"Chasing After You" – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris, producers: Aaron Eshuis, Teddy Reimer
"Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)" – Elle King & Miranda Lambert, producer: Martin Johnson 
"Famous Friends" – Chris Young with Kane Brown, producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
"half of my hometown" – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney), producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins

Musician of the Year
Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle 
Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar 
Aaron Sterling, Drums 
Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo 
Derek Wells, Guitar 

Music Video of the Year - Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s) 
"Chasing After You" – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris, director: TK McKamy 
"Famous Friends" – Chris Young with Kane Brown, director: Peter Zavadil 
"Gone" – Dierks Bentley, directors: Wes Edwards, Travis Nicholson, Ed Pryor, Running Bear, Sam Siske
"half of my hometown" – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney), director: Patrick Tracy 
"Younger Me" – Brothers Osborne, director: Reid Long 

New Artist of the Year
Jimmie Allen  
Ingrid Andress  
Gabby Barrett  
Mickey Guyton

Finalists for Broadcast Personality of the Year (by market size): Weekly National "American Country Countdown" (Kix Brooks) – Westwood One "Country Countdown USA" (Lon Helton) – Westwood One "Country Gold" (Terri Clark) – Westwood One "The Crook & Chase Countdown" (Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase) – iHeartMedia "Honky Tonkin' with Tracy Lawrence" (Tracy Lawrence and Patrick Thomas) – Compass Media Networks

Daily National
"The Big D and Bubba Show" (Derek Haskins, Sean Powell, Patrick Thomas and Carsen Humphreville) – Compass Media Networks
"The Bobby Bones Show" (Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, "Lunchbox" Dan Chappell, Eddie Garcia, "Morgan #2" Huelsman, "Raymundo" Ray Slater, "Scuba Steve" Stephen Spradlin, "Mike D" Rodriguez and "Utility Hillary" Borden) – Premiere Networks
"CMT After Midnite" (Cody Alan) – Premiere Networks
"The Lia Show" (Lia Knight) – Westwood One
"The Music Row Happy Hour" (Buzz Brainard and Ania Hammar) – Sirius XM Satellite Radio

Major Market
"Angie Ward" – WUBL, Atlanta, Ga.
"Double-L" (Lois Lewis) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.
"Hawkeye in the Morning with Hawkeye and Michelle" ("Hawkeye" Mark Louis Rybczyk and Michelle Rodriguez) – KSCS, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
"The Morning Bull: George, Mo & Cowboy Dave" (George Lindsey, "Mo" Monica Lunsford and "Cowboy Dave" Bayless) – KILT, Houston, Texas
"Tampa Bay's Morning Krewe with J.R., Launa and Kevin" ("J.R." Jon Jaus, Launa Phillips and Kevin Ebel) – WQYK, Tampa Bay, Fla.

Large Market
"Jesse Tack" – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
"Jim, Deb & Kevin" (Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt and Kevin Freeman) – WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.
"Lexi & Banks" ("Lexi" Elena Abatgis and "Banks" Jared Danielson) – KUBL, Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
"Ridder, Scott and Shannen" ("Ridder" Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin, and Shannen Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
"The Wayne D Show" ("Wayne D" Danielson and Taylor Rosenberg) – WSIX, Nashville, Tenn.

Medium Market
"Brent Michaels" – KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.
"Ellis and Bradley Show" (Bill Ellis and Beth Bradley) – WSSL, Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.
"Julie and DJ in the Morning" ("Julie K" Kansy and "D.J. Thee Trucker" Dale Sellers) – WPCV, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
"Mo & StyckMan" ("Mo" Melissa Wagner and "StyckMan" Greg Owens) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
"Steve & Gina In The Morning" (Steve Lundy and Gina Melton) – KXKT, Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa

Small Market
"Barrett, Fox & Berry" (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry) – KKNU, Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
"Dr. Shane and Tess in the Morning" (Shane Collins and Tess Connell) – WPAP, Panama City, Fla.
"KTTS Morning Show with Nancy & Rick" (Nancy Simpson and Rick Moore) – KTTS, Springfield, Mo.
"Liz & Scotty in the Morning" (Liz Del Grosso and Scotty Cox) – KCLR, Columbia, Mo.
"Steve, Ben and Nikki" (Steve Stroud, Ben Walker and Nikki Thomas) – WXBQ, Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.

Major Market
KNIX – Phoenix, Ariz.
KNUC – Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
KYGO – Denver-Boulder, Colo.
WNSH – New York City
WXTU – Philadelphia, Pa.
WYCD – Detroit, Mich.

Large Market
WFMS – Indianapolis, Ind.
WMIL – Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
WQDR – Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
WSIX – Nashville, Tenn.
WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio

Medium Market
KATM – Modesto, Calif.
KXKT – Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa
KUZZ – Bakersfield, Calif.
WQMX – Akron, Ohio
WXCY – Wilmington, Del.

Small Market
KCLR – Columbia, Mo.
KTTS – Springfield, Mo.
WBYT – South Bend, Ind.
WXBQ – Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.
WXFL – Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala.
WYCT – Pensacola, Fla.

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