5 Women Who Are Kicking it in 2019 CMA Nominations

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Jenee Fleenor

Fiddle player Jenee Fleenor is the first female to receive a CMA nom for musician of the year. Maren Morris is just the second female to receive CMA noms for album, single and song of the year more than once.

Carrie Underwood, who became the first female in three years to receive an entertainer of the year nomination from the Country Music Assn., is hardly the only woman with much to celebrate this year.   

Fiddle player Jenee Fleenor is the first female to receive a CMA nomination for musician of the year. The category originated in 1988.

Fleenor, a native of Arkansas, is a longtime member of Blake Shelton's band. She plays fiddle, guitar and mandolin and sings background vocals. Shelton also brought her into the house band on NBC's The Voice, on which he is a regular.

Fleenor, who moved to Nashville in 2001, after graduating from high school, has played on recordings by Shelton, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Steven Tyler, Ronnie Dunn, Joe Nichols, Reba McEntire, Don Williams and Trisha Yearwood.

Fleenor's major competition may be guitarist Mac McAnally, who has won 10 times in this category, more than anyone else in the category's history. The other nominees are steel guitarist Paul Franklin, banjo player/guitarist Ilya Toshinsky and guitarist Derek Wells.

Maren Morris is just the second female in CMA history to receive nominations for album, single and song of the year more than once. Morris is nominated in those three categories this year for her album Girl and its title track. Morris first achieved this sweep in 2016 with her album Hero and its smash, "My Church." Morris follows Miranda Lambert, who received nominations in all three categories three times, in 2010, 2014 and 2017.

Sophie Muller and Hannah Lux Davis are each vying to become just the second female director to win the CMA award for music video of the year. Muller is nominated for directing Shelton's "God's Country." Davis is nominated for directing Kacey Musgraves' "Rainbow."

The first female director to win for music video of the year was Trey Fanjoy, who won back-to-back awards in 2009-10 for directing Taylor Swift's "Love Story" and Lambert's "The House That Built Me."

Underwood and Morris are each vying to become just the fourth female to win album of the year as both an artist and a producer in the same year. Underwood co-produced her album Cry Pretty with David Garcia and Jim Jonsin. Morris co-produced her album GIRL with busbee and Greg Kurstin.

Suzy Bogguss was the first female to win album of the year as both artist and producer. She was recognized for her dual role on the track "Take It to the Limit" on the all-star album Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, the 1994 winner. Swift and Musgraves were the next two females to win album of the year as both artist and producer. Swift won for co-producing her album Fearless (2009). Musgraves won for co-producing her album Golden Hour (2018).

The 53rd CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 13 on ABC.


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