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No surprise, CMA nominees are happy

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 – Nominees were predictably happy to receive CMA nominations on Wednesday.

Kenny Chesney, who was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, said, ""You don't do this stuff for recognition," he said. "You make music to give people pieces of your life, pieces of their life - and in this case, to help put a whole lot of lives back together. The idea that music can heal, can give people hope or inspire? The islands always did that for me, but even in the face of such destruction, the willingness to dig in by the locals, that resilience and especially their joy in such dire times taught me a lot about life."

"As for the touring," he said. "It's hard to believe the fans could be louder, crazier, more passionate, but I can honestly say, having just wrapped two nights at Gillette Stadium, they are. They came out, they sang with everything they had in a way I've never heard - and they showed me again how music can define people's lives. It's not just songs they've heard, it's songs they've lived."

Keith Urban posted a video on Facebook, where he played the piano and sang a snippet of The Beatles' "A Day in the Life," before saying, "Thank you so much everybody who made it possible this morning to get the CMA nominations. It was an amazing way to wake up and start the day...I love making music. As simple as that." He said it was an "incredible feeling" to receive the nominations.

Dan + Shay were nominated for four awards. ""Our fans reward us every time we go on stage, and without them none of this would be possible," San Smyers said. "To be recognized by our peers in the music industry with these nominations adds to what has been the best year of our music career so far. We'll surely be pouring some tequila to celebrate."

Chris Janson was nominated for Song of the Year for "Drunk Girl." "My heart is full. This has been an unbelievable morning. I'm humbled by the nominations and thankful to everyone for believing in me. The opportunity to make music for a living is beyond anything I could've ever have imagined and for that I'll forever be grateful. Thank you. To be nominated as new artist after 10 years in this town - I'm proof that dreams do really come true. This is for every one of you that has been in my life along the way and listened to my songs."

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