Shane McAnally Ties a CMA Record Held by Alan Jackson & Bob McDill With His Song of the Year Domination

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Shane McAnally performs onstage at ACM: Stories, Songs & Stars: A Songwriter's Event Benefiting ACM Lifting Lives on April 5, 2019 in Las Vegas.

McAnally has had seven songs nominated in just seven years -- much faster than these other songwriters.

We won't know until Nov. 13 if Shane McAnally picks up his second CMA Award for song of the year. The hit songwriter is nominated for "Rainbow," which he co-wrote with Kacey Musgraves and Natalie Hemby.

But in a sense, McAnally, 44, has already won. He is just the third songwriter in CMA history to receive song of the year nominations for seven different songs. He follows Bob McDill, 75, whose song of the year noms spanned from 1976 to 1997, and Alan Jackson, 60, whose song of the year noms spanned from 1990 to 2008.

McAnally has achieved this feat in just seven years -- much faster than these other songwriters. He nabbed his first nom in 2013.

McAnally collaborated with Musgraves on four of his nominated songs: "Mama's Broken Heart" and "Follow Your Arrow" (which they co-wrote with Brandy Clark), "Merry Go 'Round" (which they co-wrote with Josh Osborne) and "Rainbow" (which they co-wrote with Hemby). Miranda Lambert popularized "Mama's Broken Heart," while Musgraves was the artist on the other songs.

McAnally collaborated with Sam Hunt on two of his nominated songs: "Take Your Time" (which they co-wrote with Osborne) and "Body Like a Back Road" (which they co-wrote with Zach Crowell and Osborne). Hunt popularized both songs.

McAnally's final song of the year nominee is "American Kids" (which he co-wrote with Rodney Clawson and Luke Laird). Kenny Chesney popularized the song.

McDill wrote five of his nominated songs by himself. He was the sole writer of Waylon Jennings' "Amanda," Don Williams' "Good Ole Boys Like Me," Mel McDaniel's "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On," Keith Whitley's "Don't Close Your Eyes" and Jackson's "Gone Country."

McDill teamed with Dickie Lee to write Dave & Sugar's "The Door Is Always Open" and with Dean Dillon to write Pam Tillis' "All the Good Ones Are Gone."

Jackson wrote four of his nominated songs by himself. He was the sole writer of "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," "Drive (For Daddy Gene)," "Remember When" and "Good Time." Jackson teamed with Mark Irwin to write "Here in the Real World," Keith Stegall and Roger Murrah to write "Don't Rock the Jukebox" and Jim McBride to write "Chattahoochee." Jackson was the artist on all of these songs.

Two of Jackson's nominated songs, "Chattahoochee" and "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)," won the award. One of McAnally's songs, "Follow Your Arrow," has won. None of McDill's songs won.

Jackson was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018. McAnally and McDill have yet to receive that honor.


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