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New Performers Announced For The 47th Annual CMA Awards

The star-studded lineup for “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” continues to grow with today’s announcement of performers for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards.”

Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, and Carrie Underwood are scheduled to perform. Alan Jackson and George Strait, the two top nominees in CMA Awards history, will perform together in a tribute to the legendary George Jones, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 and remains one of the most recognizable and evocative voices in the history of the genre. Jones passed away in April of this year.

Paisley and Underwood will host the ceremony for the sixth consecutive year live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/EST) on the ABC Television Network.

Reigning CMA Album of the Year winner, Church, is nominated this year for Male Vocalist of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know,” with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Church is an eight-time CMA Awards nominee who earned his first nomination in 2011 for New Artist of the Year.

One of this year’s most nominated artists, newcomers and first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line, earned nods for New Artist and Vocal Duo of the Year, as well as Single of the Year for “Cruise” and Musical Event of the Year for the song’s remix with Nelly.

Jackson is the second most nominated artist in CMA history, with 81 nominations and 16 trophies. He is a three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year and two-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. Jackson earned his first CMA Awards nominations in 1990 when he was up for New Artist, Album of the Year for Here In The Real World, and Single and Song of the Year for the album’s title track.

Musgraves – who is also a first-time nominee – is tied as the year’s most nominated artist. She collected six nominations including Female Vocalist, New Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for Same Trailer Different Park, Single and Song of the Year for “Merry Go ‘Round,” and Song of the Year for Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

Paisley is among the top CMA Award winners of all time, with 14 trophies. He is a former CMA Entertainer of the Year and three-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, with multiple wins in the Music Video and Musical Event of the Year categories. Paisley’s first CMA Award came in 2000 when he won the Horizon Award, now known as New Artist of the Year.

Strait is not only the top CMA Award nominee of all time, but also the top CMA Award winner with 22 trophies and 82 nominations. He is nominated this year for Entertainer of the Year, an honor he has taken home twice before. Strait is a five-time CMA Male Vocalist and Album of the Year winner.

Three-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood, is again nominated in that category, as well as for Album of the Year for Blown Away, and Music Video of the Year for the album’s title track. Underwood is a five-time CMA Award winner with 18 career CMA Awards nominations.

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TMW Interview: Sheryl Crow Talks New Album, Feels Like Home, Country Music, and Living in Nashville

Nine-time Grammy winner, Sheryl Crow has released her much-anticipated new album, Feels Like Home. It’s the first country album of her career, though not her first venture into the country music  field. The album features the hit single “Easy”and is her first to feature all co-writers.

If you don’t know by now, Sheryl Crow has sold over 35 million records worldwide and won nine Grammy Awards. She is now taking  a new musical direction. It’s been 20 years since the release of her debut smash album, Tuesday Night Music Club. With Feels Like Home, she co-wrote each track with another songwriter which is something the songtress  had never  before. In this email interview we ask Sheryl about Feels Like Home, her music and living in Nashville.


TMW: You’re such an amazing artist,  having sold over 35 million records, won nine Grammys and recorded with such luminaries as Sting and Mick Jagger. What do you hope to accomplish with the new album?


Sheryl Crow: I hope the same as I do for every record which is that people find something on it they relate to.


 With this being the first country album of your career (though parts of Tuesday Night Music Club sound pretty country) how does the songwriting process differ working with Brad Paisley?


SC: Working with Brad Paisley was awesome and intimidating. It is like taking a master class in lyric writing.  He’s gone to great lengths to support me. He told me I belong in country music.  I love 60’s and 70’s country music. Everything from Emmylou Harris and Graham Parsons to Billy Sherrill to George and Tammy.


How has living in Nashville been these past few years?  For our readers who don’t know, please explain the “strong sense of community” Nashville is known for and how it has influenced your music.


SC: I’ve been traveling for 20 plus years and had never put down roots until now. Nashville is a great place to raise a family and to collaborate musically. I moved  to Nashville  after I finished breast cancer treatment about seven and a half years ago. Before that I didn’t have any roots anywhere except for my home town.   I was traveling a lot and it just seemed like the right thing to do.

          And like something may have been missing from your life?


          SC: It wasn’t till I moved here that I realized what an amazing community it is. It’s the thing I was
          missing my whole career.  The feeling of being able to sit around with my guitar and have people
          know  each other’s songs and know songs from people who influenced  all of us.   It’s awesome
          to be  making music in a town where my kids know everybody else’s kids. I get to work with
          great songwriters. My sister lives here too. It has just been amazing.

What is it that you like best about the country music genre?


SC: I love the tradition of story songwriting. I was nervous at first about making this album. I’m grateful, country music fans are so loyal. When I first moved here, pretty early on Vince Gill started calling me to do guitar pulls and I thought. ‘Gosh, this is just like heaven on earth’.


What do you think is the key to staying relevant in the ever-changing music business today and what advice would you give an an aspiring singer-songwriter?


SC: The key to relevance is loving my job and always working at getting better at it. I always tell anyone who wants to be a musician to get into your craft and love the process and not the oitcome of it.


Who in the pop music today do you think has longevity and why?


SC: Adele, Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake will definitely be around.


You’ve achieved so much and you’re such an inspiration.  How do you see yourself in this business a few years from now?


SC: I can’t look that far in advance but I know I will still be making music. I feel like I am getting better and better. I still feel like my best work is a head of me. That’s what keeps me excited.

For updates on Sheryl’s new music, concert schedule, and other appearances, visit her official website.

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Country Music Stars Attend George Jones’ Funeral

Singers Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley and Kid Rock honored the memory of country legend George Jones on Thursday by gathering to perform at the late star’s funeral in Nashville, Tennessee.

The doors of The Grand Ole Opry House were thrown open for family, friends and fans to mourn the loss of the icon together during an emotional three-hour service at the country music mecca, and the auditorium was filled with the sound of music.

Jones’ widow Nancy sat with former U.S. First Lady Laura Bush and singing couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood as pals stepped up to the podium, with Tanya Tucker and the Imperials kicking off the performances with a cover of gospel classic, The Old Rugged Cross.

Randy Travis paid tribute to his old collaborator with a rendition of Amazing Grace, accompanied by just an acoustic guitar. Explaining his choice of track, he said, “When I heard him do this song, it literally gave me chills.”

Paisley revealed he had bonded with Jones after the veteran allowed him to keep his first horse on his family’s farm, while Daniels delivered a moving speech about his longtime pal’s ability to make music for all kinds of audiences: “He sang for us all, the non-stop partiers, the guys who are alone and the girl done wrong, the puppy lovers, the extrovert, the introvert and the guy at the end of the bar who never seems to go home… George had a song for everybody.”

Gill shared his memories of Jones, the man who gave him the nickname Sweet Pea, and confessed that he wasn’t initially a fan of the moniker – although he has since learned to love it. He said, “The great thing is, every time someone calls me Sweet Pea, I’ll get to think about him.”

Kid Rock injected a little humour into the memorial as he took the microphone to belt out the original tune Best of Me, asking Nancy to imagine that her late husband was actually the one singing, before quipping, “I know that’s a huge (leap of) imagination. Unshaven, long-haired confused country hip-hop rock ‘n’ roller trying to sing George Jones.”

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee also spoke at the funeral, as did Wynonna Judd, Laura Bush, and Alan Jackson – who postponed two concerts to attend the memorial. He closed the service with Jones’ most famous song, He Stopped Loving Her Today.

Jones, 81, passed away on April 26.

Las Vegas Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Country Music Fans April 5-8 for "The Week Vegas Goes Country®"

For one fun-filled weekend, fans will find the hottest names in country music on-stage and up-close and personal in the Entertainment Capital of the World for “The Week Vegas Goes Country.” From free concerts to celebrity meet-and-greets, four days of fan-focused events lend to the excitement leading up to the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), which will be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7 at 5 p.m. PDT. Hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan , the ACM Awards honor the best performers and introduce emerging artists in country music.

Brad Paisley will host the Third Annual ACM Fan Jam at The Orleans Arena. This live remote location gives country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be a part of the ACM Awards as Paisley and others take to the stage as part of the telecast. Tickets for the Fan Jam can be purchased through The Orleans Hotel and Casino.

Kicking off festivities, The ACM Party for a Cause Festival and ACM Weekend takes places April 5-6 with top country stars taking to the stage each night.

The ACM Party for a Cause Festival at Orleans Hotel and Casino features The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes as headliners. As part of the philanthropic emphasis, the two-day outdoor music festival will benefit a variety of charities. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the resort.

For the seventh consecutive year, ACM Weekend returns to the Fremont Street Experience. Headlined by Gary Allan and Jake Owen , ACM Weekend features two nights of all-star concerts that are free and open-to-the-public, beginning at 9 p.m. both nights.

Fifteen-time ACM Award-winner, Tim McGraw will tape an all-star concert special, ACM Presents: Tim McGraw ‘s Superstar Summer Night, on Monday, April 8 at the MGM Grand Garden Area. The two-hour concert will feature performances from Jason Aldean , Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift and Ne-Yo. All proceeds will benefit ACM Lifting Lives and the show will be broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network.

Carrie Underwood Pranks Brad Paisley On Tour


Carrie Underwood surprised Brad Paisley at a stop on the latter’s Virtual Reality tour Friday, March 2. Brad, who typically duets with a hologram of Underwood for “Remind Me,” was shocked when the real Underwood walked on the stage at Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus.

Paisley, who is a known prankster, was pleased with the surprise:

“Coolest thing that’s happened this tour!,” he tweeted.

“In a sneaky mood tonight . . . Stay tuned,” Carrie tweeted earlier in the evening. Later, she added, “Had so much fun tonight surprising @BradPaisley — Thanks Knoxville!!”

Underwood’s prank is the latest had against Paisley; previously on the tour, opening actScotty McCreery surprised him when he came out on the stage for a duet dressed as Paisley.

Paisley wrapped the first leg of his Virtual Reality tour on March 3.

2011 CMA Awards Winners List: Taylor Swift, The Band Perry Win Big

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The 2011 Country Music Association Awards hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, were held Wednesday night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Taylor Swift took home the night’s biggest honor – Entertainer of the Year – while The Band Perry took home three awards, including New Artist of the Year. See the complete list of winners below.
Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift
Album of the Year: “My Kinda Party” by Jason Aldean
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton
Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum
Vocal Duo of the Year: Sugarland
New Artist of the Year: The Band Perry
Single of the Year: “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
Song of the Year: “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry
Video of the Year: “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert
Music Video of the Year: “You and Tequila” by Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter
Musical Event of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally, guitar


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Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban Pay Tribute to Glen Campbell on "The 45th Annual CMA Awards"

Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley and former CMA Entertainers of the Year Vince Gill and Keith Urban will pay tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame member and former CMA Entertainer of the Year Glen Campbell during “The 45th Annual CMA Awards.” The three guitar virtuosos’ performance saluting the legendary singer/musician will be a highlight of “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.”  
“The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville,Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke BryanEric ChurchSara EvansFaith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda LambertMartina McBride,Scotty McCreery, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Thompson Square, Keith UrbanChris Youngand Zac Brown Bandplus Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter singing their hit collaboration “You and Tequila;” Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield singing their current hit duet “Easy;” Lionel Richie performing a medley of hits with Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker; and co-hosts Paisley and Underwood in their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song “Remind Me.”
Campbell was named both CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year in 1968, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The legendary performer has sold more than 45 million albums and recorded such classic hits as “Wichita Lineman,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Southern Nights,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” As a musician, Campbell was part of the much-heralded Wrecking Crew that performed on a variety of artists’ albums. His guitar prowess is featured on the Beach Boys’ seminal album Pet Sounds and on Frank Sinatra‘s megahit “Strangers in the Night,” among others. He acted alongside John Wayne in the movie “True Grit,” and hosted “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” on television from 1968-1972. Earlier this year, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He is in the midst of his successful Goodbye Tour after releasing his final album, the critically-acclaimed Ghost on the Canvas.  
Gill is No. 3 on the list for the most career wins in CMA Award history, having won 18 CMA Awards thus far, including two Entertainer Awards (1993, 1994), five consecutive Male Vocalist Awards (1991-1995, tying him with George Strait for the most wins in that category), two Album Awards (1993 for I Still Believe in You and 1994 for Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles), and a record-holding four Song of the Year Awards (1991 for “When I Call Your Name,” 1992 for “Look at Us,” 1993 for “I Still Believe In You,” and 1996 for “Go Rest High On That Mountain”). Gill served as host of the CMA Awards for 12 consecutive years (1992-2003), a record for hosts of any nationally televised Awards show. He released his new album, Guitar Slinger, last week.
The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, Paisley received five nominations in 2011 for Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for This is Country Music; and Musical Event and Music Video of the Year for “Old Alabama,” featuring Alabama. Paisley has won 14 CMA Awards to date, including three consecutive Male Vocalist Awards (2007-2009) and Album of the Year (in 2006 for Time Well Wasted). This is his fourth consecutive year to co-host the CMA Awards with Underwood.  
Urban received two nominations this year: Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year. He has won four CMA Awards to date: Entertainer in 2005 and three consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year Awards (2004-2006). Urban’s current album is Get Closer.


Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Will Perform "Remind Me" on "The 45th Annual CMA Awards"

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The star-packed lineup for “The 45 Annual CMA Awards”
grows with today’s announcement that co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
will perform their duet “Remind Me” on “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.” This
will be their first live performance of the No. 1 hit song on national
television. “The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Paisley and
Carrie Underwood, will broadcast from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on WEDNESDAY,
NOVEMBER 9 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET)
on the
ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean,
Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
Paisley, who was also previously announced as a performer, is CMA’s
reining Entertainer of the Year. He received five nominations in 2011 for
Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for “This is Country Music;” and Musical
Event and Music Video of the Year for “Old Alabama,” featuring Alabama. Paisley
has won 14 CMA Awards to date, including three consecutive Male Vocalist Awards
(2007-2009) and Album of the Year (in 2006 for “Time Well Wasted”). He is No. 5
for the most career wins in CMA Awards history, behind George Strait (22), Brooks
& Dunn (19), Vince Gill (18) and Alan Jackson (16).
Underwood is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2011, an
Award she has won three times (2006-2008). If she wins the Award this year, she
will tie with Martina McBride (1999, 2002-2004) and Reba McEntire (1984-1987)
for the most wins in the category. Underwood has received a total of five CMA
Awards thus far, including the Horizon Award (2006) and Single of the Year
(1997 for “Before He Cheats”), and has a total of 14 CMA career nominations to
date.
Tickets for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” can be
purchased at Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com
or call 1-800-745-3000. “The 45 Annual CMA Awards” is a production
of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul
Miller is the director and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot
in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV
format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. 

Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and Other Country Stars Show Their Christmas

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Country stars including Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley have posed for specially-commissioned photographic portraits to raise money for families affected by the Nashville floods.
The state of Tennessee was battered by storms in May (10) with much of Nashville left under water, and many residents lost their homes in the disaster.

Urban, Swift and Paisley are spearheading a new charity push to raise funds for ongoing Nashville flood relief efforts by posing for portraits which will be auctioned off online. The pictures show seven stars, also including Miranda Lambert, posing at their favourite Nashville landmarks.
The musicians have also donated other items to the sale – Swift has handed over a signed guitar, while Urban offered up a backstage concert visit.
Paisley tells People.com, “People are still suffering from that flood. Lots of people are still going through hell. It’s important for us to pitch in where we can.” The internet auction ends on Friday (Dec17).
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Miranda Lambert Leads List of Finalists with Record Nine Nominations for ‘The 44th Annual CMA Awards’

It was one for the record books when the final list of nominees for “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” was announced today, with fresh faces layered throughout the field of finalists vying for a coveted crystal trophy on “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.”
“The 44th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the third time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, WEDNESDAY,
NOVEMBER 10
(8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Records were set and the bar has been raised with this exciting group of nominees,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “There will be a heightened level of excitement and anticipation for the CMA Awards in November.”
For the fifth year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” Nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert delivered the news from the “Good Morning America” studios in the heart of New York City’s Times Square. Finalists in the other seven categories were announced yesterday in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium by Justin Moore and first-time nominee Chris Young.
When the final nominations were tallied, Lambert led the list of finalists with nine nominations – the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards. Alan Jackson received 10 nominations in 2002. Prior to that, Merle Haggard held the record with nine in 1970.
Lambert received nominations for Entertainer; Female Vocalist; Album for Revolution, produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke; two for Single, “The House That Built Me” and “White Liar;” Song for “White Liar,” which she wrote with Natalie Hemby; Musical Event, for “Bad Angel” with Dierks Bentley and Jamey Johnson; and two for Music Video of the Year for “The House That Built Me,” directed by Trey Fanjoy, and “White Liar,” directed by Chris Hicky.
Lady Antebellum garnered the second highest number of CMA Awards nominations with five including Entertainer; Album for Need You Now; Vocal Group; Single for “Need You Now”; and Music Video of the Year for “Need You Now,” which was directed by David McClister. Group members Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott each received individual nominations for Song of the Year for “Need You Now,” which they penned with songwriter Josh Kear. The group can receive two additional trophies as producers for Single and Album of the Year with Paul Worley.
Third on the list of nominees was Zac Brown Band with four nominations for Entertainer; Vocal Group; Musical Event for “Can’t You See” featuring Kid Rock; and New Artist of the Year.
The last time an act was nominated for New Artist and Entertainer of the Year in the same year was Ricky Skaggs in 1982. Bandmates Zac Brown and John Driskell Hopkins each pick up an additional individual nomination for Song of the Year for “Toes,” which they wrote with Wyatt Durrette and Shawn Mullins.
Tying with Zac Brown Band was Blake Shelton, who received four nominations including Male Vocalist; and Single (produced by Scott Hendricks); Musical Event; and Music Video (director Roman White) for “Hillbilly Bone,” which featured Trace Adkins. As a result, Adkins picked up three nominations of his own for his contribution to the raucous duet.
Bentley wasn’t only handing out the good news, he was also the recipient of three nominations. Bentley’s nods include Male Vocalist; Album for Up On The Ridge, which was produced by Jon Randall Stewart; and Musical Event of the Year for “Bad Angel” with Lambert and Johnson.
Sharing the three-spot was CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley, who received nominations for Entertainer; Male Vocalist; and Music Video of the Year for “Water,” which was directed by Jim Shea. Paisley’s nominations this year push him from No. 5 to No. 3 for the artist with the most career nominations. He has been nominated every year since 2000 and has amassed an incredible 52 career nominations to date. Only George Strait (81) and Alan Jackson (79) have more.
A perennial favorite of CMA voters, Strait received two nominations this year for Male Vocalist and Album of the Year for Twang, which Strait produced with Tony Brown. Brown leads the list of nominees among non-performers with 38 career nominations. In 27 years, Strait has only been shut out of CMA Awards nominations two times in 1992 and 2006.
Co-host Carrie Underwood also received two nominations including Female Vocalist and Album of the Year for Play On, which was produced by Mark Bright and Max Martin.
Underwood won Female Vocalist of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2008. If Underwood wins the Female Vocalist of the Year trophy again, it will tie her with Martina McBride (1999, 2002-2004) and Reba McEntire (1984-1987) for most wins in this category. All three are nominated again in 2010 with Lambert and Taylor Swift, who won the trophy in 2009.
McEntire’s 2010 nomination keeps her in first place as the female artist with the most career CMA Awards nominations (49). Her first was for the Horizon Award in 1983.
Keith Urban received two nominations for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban won Entertainer in 2005 and Male Vocalist of the Year three times (2004, 2005, and 2006). Urban and Paisley are the senior members of the Entertainer class. The last time three acts debuted in the category was 1981 with Alabama, George Jones, and the Oak Ridge Boys.
A new name with multiple nominations was Easton Corbin. He was nominated for New Artist (formerly the Horizon Award) and Single of the Year for “A Little More Country Than That,” which was produced by Carson Chamberlain. Songwriters Rory Lee Feek, Don Poythress and Wynn Varble were nominated for Song of the Year for the No. 1 song.
Feek is also half of the duo Joey + Rory, who received a nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year. Rounding out the Vocal Duo category were Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, newcomers Steel Magnolia and Sugarland, who won the Award in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Nearing the end of their farewell tour, Brooks & Dunn have been nominated in the category every year since 1992 and have won a record 14 times.
Last year Zac Brown Band made its debut in the Vocal Group of the Year category and this year The Band Perry are on the list for the first time. Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts complete the nominees for Vocal Group of the Year.
Making their CMA Awards debut in the New Artist of the Year category are Luke Bryan, Corbin, Jerrod Niemann and Chris Young. Zac Brown Band received its second New Artist of the Year nomination this year. Artists can only be included in this category two times.
Dave Matthews received his first CMA Awards nomination this year for Musical Event of the Year with Kenny Chesney for “I’m Alive.” Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack also received a Musical Event nomination for “Till the End.”
The Musician of the Year category included Paul Franklin, Dann Huff, Brent Mason, Mac McAnally and Randy Scruggs. Each has been nominated in the past. The Musician of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year were the only two categories out of 12 that didn’t have a first-time nominee in the mix.