Swift Among CMA's Entertainer Of The Year Nominees
NEW YORK (AP) - Taylor Swift will go for her third entertainer of the year award at this year's Country Music Association Awards, but she'll have to share the spotlight.
There was little surprise as Swift, a two-time winner for the CMA's top award, was nominated in the category with previous winners Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley and also Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton. There was a shake-up in other major categories, however, as rising stars Eric Church and Luke Bryan entered the mix for the first time.
Church is this year's top nominee with five, followed closely by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. The husband and wife have four nominations apiece.
Bryan was clearly taken aback when his name popped up among nominees as he and good friend Aldean announced the first five categories Wednesday morning on "Good Morning America."
Bryan entered this year's nominations with a splash, taking nods in two prestigious categories: male vocalist and album of the year. He and Eric Church helped knock longtime nominee and multiple winner Paisley off the list of male vocalist nominees, joining Aldean, Shelton and Keith Urban.
Bryan and Church also entered the list of album of the year nominees for the first time _ Bryan for "Tailgates & Tanlines" and Church for "Chief." Other nominees in that category included Miranda Lambert's "Four the Record," Dierks Bentley's "Home" and Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night."
Kelly Clarkson broke through in the female vocalist category, joining previous nominees Swift, Lambert, Underwood and Martina McBride. It's Clarkson's first individual CMA nomination.
Lady Antebellum will go for their fourth straight vocal group of the year award against Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry, Little Big Town and Eli Young Band.
Bryan was a late replacement for Lady Antebellum, whose flight to New York was delayed. He filled in with Aldean on "GMA," then moved over to the B.B. King Blues Club to announce the rest of the field.
Church picked up two more nominations in the single and song of the year categories for his hit "Springsteen."
The 46th annual CMA Awards will air live November 1 on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Carrie Underwood and Paisley will host.
The Final Nominees for "The 46th Annual CMA Awards" (by ballot category order):
Entertainer of the Year
Single of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
"Dirt Road Anthem" Jason Aldean Produced by Michael Knox Broken Bow Records
"God Gave Me You" Blake Shelton Produced by Scott Hendricks Warner Bros. Records
"Home" Dierks Bentley Produced by Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten Capitol Records Nashville
"Pontoon" Little Big Town Produced by Jay Joyce Capitol Records Nashville
"Springsteen" Eric Church Produced by Jay Joyce EMI Records Nashville
Album of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Chief - Eric Church Produced by Jay Joyce EMI Records Nashville
Four The Record - Miranda Lambert Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf RCA Nashville
Home - Dierks Bentley Produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart Capitol Records Nashville
Own The Night - Lady Antebellum Produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum Capitol Records Nashville
tailgates & tanlines - Luke Bryan Produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright Capitol Records Nashville
Song of the Year (Award goes to Songwriter(s))
"Even If It Breaks Your Heart" Will Hoge and Eric Paslay
"God Gave Me You" Dave Barnes
"Home" Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers, and Dierks Bentley
"Over You" Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
"Springsteen" Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Love and Theft
The Civil Wars
Musical Event of the Year (Award goes to each Artist)
"Dixie Highway" Alan Jackson featuring Zac Brown ACR/EMI Records Nashville
"Feel Like A Rock Star" Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw) Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville
"Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die" Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson Legacy Recordings
"Safe & Sound" Taylor Swift (featuring The Civil Wars) Big Machine Records/Universal Republic Records
"Stuck On You" Lionel Richie (with Darius Rucker) Mercury Records Nashville
Musician of the Year
Sam Bush - Mandolin
Paul Franklin - Steel Guitar
Dann Huff - Guitar
Brent Mason - Guitar
Mac McAnally – Guitar
Music Video of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Director)
"Come Over" Kenny Chesney Directed by Shaun Silva
"Over You" Miranda Lambert Directed by Trey Fanjoy
"Pontoon" Little Big Town Directed by Declan Whitebloom
"Red Solo Cup" Toby Keith Directed by Michael Salomon
"Springsteen" Eric Church Directed by Peter Zavadil