The field of nominees for this year’s CMT Music Awards was announced Wednesday morning (May 12th), and Carrie Underwood leads the pack with five nominations in three categories — meaning she’ll be up against herself twice.
Underwood scores two nods in the Video of the Year category (“Something in the Water” and “Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert), two in the Female Video category (“Little Toy Guns” and “Something in the Water”) and one more in the Collaborative Video list (“Somethin’ Bad”). The Oklahoma native took home the night’s top honor, Video of the Year, in 2014 for “See You Again.”
Lady Antebellum revealed the Male and Female Video nominees on NBC’s Today show, and join Kenny Chesney with an impressive four nominations each. Later they performed their new single, “Long Stretch of Love,” for Today‘s early-morning audience.
“This is my favorite category,” Lady A’s Charles Kelley quipped before reading off the Female Video contenders.
Luke Bryan and Underwood unveiled the Group and Breakthrough Video nominees on their social media pages, and country fans were enlisted to do the same for the Duo, Collaborative and Performance Video of the Year nominees on CMT’s social sites. Meanwhile, the 12 first-round contenders in the coveted video of the year category were revealed on the Today show’s website.
Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and Lambert each landed three nods, as did fresh-faced duo Maddie & Tae. Their bro-country bashing debut “Girl in a Country Song” led to nominations in the Video of the Year, Duo Video and Breakout Video categories.
Other surprises include the virtual snubbing of Blake Shelton, Eric Church and Little Big Town, who only received one paltry nomination each despite massively successful years, and some unusual names for a country awards show. Pop princess Katy Perry, R&B heavyweight John Legend, classic-rock royalty Bob Seger and rapper-singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc all earned nominations stemming from CMT special events.
The 2015 CMT Music Awards air live on June 10th at 8 p.m. ET/PT and are completely fan voted. Voting begins now at CMT.com and runs through June 8th at 10 a.m. ET, when the final nominees in the Video of the Year category will be announced. Fans can then cast their final votes during the show to determine the night’s big winner.