Chris Stapleton Leads 2018 CMA Awards Nominees

The 2018 CMA nominees were announced with Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert leading the pack.

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Summer’s not even over and award season is already in full swing with the latest nominations announced for this year’s Country Music Awards (CMA).

Nashville stars Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay and Sugarland unveiled the nominations for the 2018 CMA Awards on Good Morning America Tuesday (28 August) morning. The country stars announced the first six categories: entertainer of the year, single of the year, female vocalist of the year, male vocalist of the year, vocal duo of the year and new artist of the year – live from Bryan’s restaurant in Nashville. Bryan himself learned of his own nomination on air for entertainer of the year, an accolade he’s received both in 2014 and 2015.

Critical darling Chris Stapleton lead the nominations with five in total including: male vocalist of the year, single of the year, album of the year, song of the year and the entertainer of the year. Following Stapleton are Dan + Shay with four nominations and Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert with three.

The 52nd Annual CMA Awards will be broadcasted live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on 14 November, with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood emceeing the event for the 11th straight year. The awards will air at 8pm EST on ABC.

Explore our Chris Stapleton Artist Page and check out the full list of nominees below.

CMA Nominees

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Single of the Year
‘Broken Halos’, Chris Stapleton
‘Drinkin’ Problem’, Midland
‘Drowns the Whiskey’, Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert
‘Meant to Be’, Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
‘Tequila’, Dan + Shay

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

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

New Artist of the Year
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Chris Janson
Brett Young

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion

Album of the Year
From A Room: Volume 2, Chris Stapleton
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
Graffiti U, Keith Urban
Life Changes, Thomas Rhett
The Mountain, Dierks Bentley

Song of the Year
‘Body Like A Back Road’, Sam Hunt
‘Broken Halos’, Chris Stapleton
‘Drowns the Whiskey’, Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert
‘Drunk Girl’, Chris Janson
‘Tequila’, Dan + Shay

Musical Event of the Year
‘Burning Man’, Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne
‘Dear Hate’, Maren Morris feat. Vince Gill
‘Drowns the Whiskey’, Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert
‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’, David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney
‘Meant to Be’, Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Music Video of the Year
‘Babe’, Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift
‘Cry Pretty’, Carrie Underwood
‘Drunk Girl’, Chris Janson
‘Marry Me’, Thomas Rhett
‘Tequila’, Dan + Shay

Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas, Dobro
Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
Dann Huff, Guitar
Mac McAnally, Guitar
Derek Wells, Guitar

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