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Maren Morris Leads 2019 CMA Awards Nominations With Six, How Many Nods Go to 'Old Town Road?'

For the second time in four years, Maren Morris leads all nominees for the 2019 Country Music Association Awards. 

Morris earned six nods for the 2019 edition, including album of the year for Girl and female vocalist of the year, besting 2016 when she tied with Eric Church and Chris Stapleton with five nods each. This makes 2019 the strongest showing by a female nominee since Miranda Lambert garnered nine nominations in 2014.

Jimmie Allen and Ashley McBryde announced nominations in several categories for the 53rd Annual CMA Awards today (Aug. 28)  during ABC’s Good Morning America, while Midland and Morgan Wallen revealed the remaining nominees via Twitter and YouTube livestreams at Billboard’s New York offices. 

Brothers Osborne are close behind Morris with four nominations including vocal duo and musical event for “All My Favorite People” with Morris. Dierks Bentley,  Church, Luke Combs, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, Stapleton and Carrie Underwood each have three nominations.

Church, Stapleton, Underwood, Garth Brooks, and Keith Urban received entertainer of the year nods. Brooks lands his 13th entertainer of the year nomination, putting him in second place behind George Strait, with 19 nominations. Brooks leads all winners in the category, having already won a record six times. Urban’s 12th entertainer of the year nomination puts him in a tie for third place with Alan Jackson.

While three of last year’s entertainer of the year nominees dropped out (Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean), the acts up for female vocalist and male vocalist are identical to the 2018 nominees.

“Old Town Road” from Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus,  which set the record for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this year,  was snubbed for song and single of the year, but received a nod for musical event. 

Underwood will serve as host of the  2019 CMA Awards on Nov. 13 with special guest hosts Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. The evening’s theme will celebrate legendary women in country music. The CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

The full list of nominees is below.


Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks
Eric Church
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

Single of the Year
“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne
Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall, Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
Mix Engineer: F. Reid Shippen

“Girl” – Maren Morris
Producer: Greg Kurstin
Mix Engineer: Greg Kurstin

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank

“Millionaire” – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Mix Engineer: Vance Powell

“Speechless” – Dan + Shay
Producers: Dan Smyers, Scott Hendricks
Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano

Album of the Year
Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Thomas Rhett, Julian Bunetta, The Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson

Cry Pretty – Carrie Underwood
Producers: David Garcia, Jim Jonsin, Carrie Underwood

Dan + Shay – Dan + Shay
Producers: Dan Smyers, Scott Hendricks

Desperate Man – Eric Church
Producers: Jay Joyce, Arturo Buenahora, Jr.

Girl – Maren Morris
Producers: busbee, Maren Morris, Greg Kurstin

Song of the Year
“Beautiful Crazy” Songwriters: Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Robert Williford
“Girl” Songwriters: Maren Morris, Sarah Aarons, Greg Kurstin
“God’s Country” Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Jordan Schmidt, Michael Hardy
“Rainbow” Songwriters: Natalie Hemby, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
“Tequila” Songwriters: Dan Smyers, Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds

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 Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

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

Musical Event of the Year
“All My Favorite People” – Maren Morris (feat. Brothers Osborne)
Producers: Maren Morris, busbee

“Brand New Man” – Brooks & Dunn (with Luke Combs)
Producer: Dann Huff

“Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks & Blake Shelton
Producer: Garth Brooks

“Old Town Road (Remix)” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus
Producers: YoungKio, Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross

“What Happens In A Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell
Producer: Dann Huff

Musician of the Year
Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
Mac McAnally, Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky, Banjo/Guitar
Derek Wells, Guitar

Music Video of the Year
“Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne
Director: Wes Edwards

“Girl” – Maren Morris
Director: Dave Meyers

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton
Director: Sophie Muller

“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves
Director: Hannah Lux Davis

“Some Of It” – Eric Church
Director: Reid Long

New Artist of the Year
Cody Johnson
Ashley McBryde
Midland
Carly Pearce
Morgan Wallen

Additional reporting by Paul Grein.


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