Chris Stapleton tops list of nominees for CMA Awards
The Country Music Association ends the long wait by fans for the list of this year's nominees for the coveted awards
The 2018 edition of the CMA Awards is scheduled for November this year, and the long wait by fans to know who has been nominated for the coveted awards is finally over with the Country Music Association announcing the complete list of nominees for this year's event.
On Tuesday morning, American country singer and songwriter Luke Bryan shared a few names of 2018 CMA Awards nominees from his brand-new Downtown Nashville bar and restaurant, Luke's 32 Bridge Food + Drink on 'Good Morning America'. Following this, the complete list of nominees was released online for the world to know.
Chris Stapleton leads the pack of CMA nominees with five nods, including entertainer of the year, single of the year and record of the year following the release of his album, From A Room: Volume 2.
Jason Aldean and Keith Urban each earned three nominations, with both stars competing against Stapleton for entertainer of the year. Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, and Thomas Rhett also received three nominations each.
This year's CMA Awards will be aired live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on November 14, with the show beginning at 8 PM ET on ABC, and will see the return of artists Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood as co-hosts for the 11th consecutive year. Underwood also garnered two nods, including female vocalist of the year.
Here are the nominees for some of the main categories:
2018 CMA Awards Nominees
Entertainer of the Year
Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Producer(s))
'From A Room: Volume 2', Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
'Golden Hour', Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, Kacey Musgraves
'Graffiti U', Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, J.R. Rotem, Josh Kerr, Jason Evigan, Greg Wells, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Jesse Shatkin, Jimmy Robbins, Oscar Holter, Matt Rad, Eric Valentine, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mike Elizondo, Captain Cuts, Ross Copperman, Dann Huff, Peter Karlsson
'Life Changes', Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett
'The Mountain', Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora Jr., Dierks Bentley
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriter(s))
'Body Like A Back Road', Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
'Broken Halos', Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton
'Drowns the Whiskey', Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson
'Drunk Girl', Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson
'Tequila', Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers
Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))
'Broken Halos', Chris Stapleton
'Drinkin' Problem', Midland
'Drowns the Whiskey', Jason Aldean Feat. Miranda Lambert
'Meant to Be', Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line
'Tequila', Dan + Shay
Musician of the Year
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)