7 Sep 2011

Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton lead CMA nominees


Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton received multiple nominations for the 45th annual CMA Awards, which take place Nov. 9 in Nashville.
All four country stars are in the running in five categories each, but Aldean's CMA nominations are the first of his career. The Georgia native received nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for "My Kinda Party," as well as Single of the Year and Musical Event of the Year, both for "Don't You Wanna Stay."
Paisley will join Aldean in the race for four of the same categories: Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for "This is Country Music" and Music Event of the Year for "Old Alabama." These five nominations raise Paisley's total CMA nominations to 57, putting him in the No. 3 spot for the most career nominations in the award show's history.
Blake Shelton, CMA's current Male Vocalist of the Year trophy winner, is in the running to retain the title, as well as Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year for "All About Tonight," Single of the Year for "Honey Bee," and Music Video of the Year for the same track.
Taylor Swift is the country songstress with the most nominations with five potential wins. The 2009 Entertainer of the Year is again in the running for that prize, as well as for Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for "Speak Now," Music Video of the Year and Song of the Year, both for "Mean."
The Band Perry and the Zac Brown Band received four nominations each, while Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Carrie Underwood also racked up nominations.
Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host CMA Awards for the fourth time. The 45th annual awards ceremony takes place Nov. 9 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and will be broadcast live on ABC-TV nationwide.
Tickets for the show go on sale Sept. 24 via Ticketmaster.

The full list of nominees follows.
Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift
Keith Urban
Single of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
"A Little Bit Stronger"
Sara Evans
Produced by Tony Brown
RCA Nashville
"Colder Weather"
Zac Brown Band
Produced by Keith Stegall and Zac Brown
Southern Ground Artists/Atlantic Records
"Don't You Wanna Stay"
Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
Produced by Michael Knox
Broken Bow Records
"Honey Bee"
Blake Shelton
Produced by Scott Hendricks
Warner Bros. Nashville
"If I Die Young"
The Band Perry
Produced by Paul Worley
Republic Nashville
Album of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
All About Tonight
Blake Shelton
Produced by Scott Hendricks
Warner Bros. Nashville
My Kinda Party
Jason Aldean
Produced by Michael Knox
Broken Bow Records
Speak Now
Taylor Swift
Produced by Nathan Chapman and Taylor Swift
Big Machine Records
This Is Country Music
Brad Paisley
Produced by Frank Rogers
Arista Nashville
You Get What You Give
Zac Brown Band
Produced by Keith Stegall and Zac Brown
Southern Ground Artists/Atlantic Records
Song of the Year
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
"Colder Weather"
Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, Levi Lowrey and Coy Bowles
"Dirt Road Anthem"
Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford
"If I Die Young"
Kimberly Perry
"Mean"
Taylor Swift
"You and Tequila"
Matraca Berg and Deana Carter
Female Vocalist of the Year
Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban
Vocal Group of the Year
The Band Perry
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band
Vocal Duo of the Year
The Civil Wars
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia
Sugarland
Thompson Square
Musical Event of the Year
(Award goes to each Artist)
"As She's Walking Away"
Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson
Southern Ground Artists/Atlantic Records
"Coal Miner's Daughter"
Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow, and Miranda Lambert
Columbia Records Nashville
"Don't You Wanna Stay"
Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
Broken Bow Records
"Old Alabama"
Brad Paisley featuring Alabama
Arista Nashville
"You and Tequila"
Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
BNA Records
Musician of the Year
Sam Bush - Mandolin
Jerry Douglas - Dobro
Paul Franklin - Steel Guitar
Dann Huff - Guitar
Mac McAnally - Guitar
Music Video of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Director)
"Honey Bee"
Blake Shelton
Directed by Trey Fanjoy
"If I Die Young"
The Band Perry
Directed by David McClister
"Mean"
Taylor Swift
Directed by Declan Whitebloom
"Old Alabama"
Brad Paisley featuring Alabama
Directed by Jim Shea
"You and Tequila"
Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter
Directed by Shaun Silva


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