Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton Top 2011 CMA Award Nominations
Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton Top 2011 CMA Award Nominations

Topping the list of final nominees for the 45th Annual CMA Awards announced today are Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift who each received five nominations. All were nominated for Entertainer of the Year honors along with Keith Urban.

Following with four nominations each are The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, who each received four nominations as a group while individual members Kimberly Perry (of The Band Perry), Coy Bowles and Zac Brown (of Zac Brown Band) earned individual songwriter nominations.

Aldean received first-time nominations in five categories including Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for "My Kinda Party;" Single and Musical Event of the Year for "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Kelly Clarkson.

CMA's reigning Entertainer of the Year, Paisley received five nominations for Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for "This is Country Music;" Musical Event and Music Video of the Year for "Old Alabama," featuring Alabama. Paisley's nominations keep him in the No. 3 spot for the most career nominations in CMA Awards history behind George Strait (81) and Alan Jackson (80).

CMA's current Male Vocalist, Shelton also received five nominations including Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for "All About Tonight;" and Single and Music Video of the Year for "Honey Bee."

Swift also received five nominations including Entertainer; Female Vocalist; Album for "Speak Now;" Music Video for "Mean;" and Song of the Year for "Mean," written by Swift, her first nomination as a songwriter. Swift received five nominations, but can receive an additional trophy as producer of her album. Swift won the Horizon Award in 2007 and two years later was named Entertainer of the Year (2009).

For the sixth year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News' "Good Morning America" with The Band Perry and Jake Owen delivering the news from New York City's Times Square. Finalists in the other seven categories were announced by Jerrod Niemann and CMA Vocal Duo and New Artist of the Year nominees Thompson Square from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, which was home to the first broadcast of the CMA Awards in 1968.

The CMA Awards" will be hosted for the fourth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Final Nominees for "The 45th Annual CMA Awards":

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

New Artist of the Year
The Band Perry
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Thompson Square
Chris Young

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