Several country music artists woke up on Thursday (Sept. 9) to the news that they are nominees for the 55th annual Country Music Association Awards. Some artists were celebrating their very first CMA nods in certain categories, while for other artists, being nominated clearly never gets old.
Carly Pearce earned her first CMA female vocalist of the year nomination, as well as her first album of the year nomination (for 29).
“When we started working on 29, I was trying to write my way through some of the greatest sadness and biggest disappointments of my life,” Pearce said in a statement about crafting the album. “I was writing to save my heart without even knowing it. My champion and longtime producer busbee had died; my marriage was over; my world was completely upended."