When the 53rd annual CMA Awards are presented on Nov. 13, Dierks Bentley‘s “Burning Man” with Brothers Osborne will compete for single of the year with Maren Morris‘ “GIRL,” Blake Shelton‘s “God’s Country,” Chris Stapleton‘s “Millionaire” and Dan + Shay‘s “Speechless.” “Burning Man” is the 22nd collaboration to receive a CMA nom in that top category.
Two classic pairs — Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson and Tim McGraw & Faith Hill — have each been nominated twice for single of the year. The highly adaptable Nelson has also received noms for collaborations with Merle Haggard, Julio Iglesias, Highwaymen and Toby Keith.
Here are all the collaborations that have received CMA nominations for single of the year, together with their peak positions on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart.
1976: “Good Hearted Woman,” Waylon & Willie. This was the first collaboration to win single of the year (No. 1).
1978: “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” Waylon & Willie (No. 1).
1983: “Pancho and Lefty,” Nelson & Haggard (No. 1).
1984: “To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before,” Iglesias & Nelson. This marked the first time a non-country artist teamed with a country artist and wound up with a single of the year nom. (No. 1).
1997: “It’s Your Love,” McGraw with Hill. They are the only married couple to receive a single of the year nom. (No. 1).
2000: “I Hope You Dance,” Lee Ann Womack (backing vocals by Sons of the Desert). Even though Sons of the Desert didn’t have official billing on the single, the CMA attributes the single to both artists. This was the second collaboration to win single of the year (No. 1).
2003: “Beer for My Horses,” Keith with Nelson (No. 1).
2004: “Whiskey Lullabye,” Brad Paisley & Krauss (No. 3).
2006: “When I Get Where I’m Going,” Paisley with Parton (No. 1).
2013: “Highway Don’t Care,” McGraw & Taylor Swift with Keith Urban. The single was billed to just McGraw & Swift, but the CMA also gave a nomination and an award to featured guitarist Urban. This was the third collaboration to win single of the year (No. 4).
2014: “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” McGraw with Hill (No. 7).
2018: “Drowns the Whiskey,” Aldean with Miranda Lambert (No. 3).
2019: “Burning Man,” Bentley with Brothers Osborne (No. 5).