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Lambert tops CMA nominations

Monday, September 4, 2017 – Miranda Lambert tops the list of nominees for The 51st Annual CMA Awards with five nominations. Little Big Town and Keith Urban each scored four nominations, tying for the second most nominations this year.

Eric Church, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton each earned three nominations.

The nominations were announced on Monday morning.

The CMAs will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 8 on ABC.

Lambert was nominated for Single and Song of the Year categories for "Tin Man," produced by Frank Liddell, Eric Masse and Glenn Worf, and written by Jack Ingram, Lambert and Jon Randall. Masse also mix engineered the song. Lambert secured her fourth nod for Album of the Year with "The Weight of These Wings," produced by Liddell, Worf and Masse; Music Video of the Year for "Vice," directed by Trey Fanjoy; and Female Vocalist. This was Lambert's 11th nomination for Female Vocalist, a category she's won a record-setting six consecutive times (2010-2015). Lambert is the most awarded female in CMA Awards history with 12 trophies. She has received a total of 44 CMA Awards nominations.

Little Big Town's nominations were for "Better Man" for Single, produced by Jay Joyce and mix engineered by Jason Hall and Joyce; Music Video of the Year directed by Becky Fluke and Reid Long; Album of the Year for "The Breaker," also produced by Joyce; and Vocal Group of the Year. LBT has won seven CMA Awards. Taylor Swift received her 23rd nomination for writing "Better Man," marking her second nomination for Song of the Year and first CMA Awards nod since 2014.

Urban received nominations for for Entertainer of the Year, Single and Music Video of the Year for "Blue Ain't Your Color" and Male Vocalist. This is his 13th nomination for Male Vocalist of which he was a three-time consecutive winner in this category (2004-2006). Songwriters for "Blue Ain't Your Color," Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey and Steven Lee Olsen earned a nod for Song of the Year. "Blue Ain't Your Color" Music Video Director Carter Smith is a first-time nominee. "Blue Ain't Your Color" producer Dann Huff and mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge also earned nominations. Urban received one nomination for Single of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.

Nominees were:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s))
"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 (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s)) 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 (Award goes to Songwriter(s))
"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
LOCASH
Maddie & Tae

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (Award goes to each Artist)
"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)

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Award goes to Artist and Director(s))
"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

Broadcast Personality of the Year Nominees were:

NATIONAL
"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

MAJOR MARKET
"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

LARGE MARKET
"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

MEDIUM MARKET
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.

SMALL MARKET
"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.

Radio station nominations were:

MAJOR MARKET
KPLX - Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
KUPL - Portland, Ore.
KWJJ - Portland, Ore.
Louis, Mo.
WKKT- Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.

LARGE MARKET K
CYY - San Antonio, Texas
WCOL - Columbus, Ohio
WQDR - Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
WQIK - Jacksonville, Fla.
WSIX - Nashville, Tenn.

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

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

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