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Stapleton, Maren Morris, Eric Church Lead 2016 CMA Awards Nominations

Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban will also compete in major categories when the 50th annual CMAs are held in November in Nashville

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Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton are among the major nominees at the 50th annual CMA Awards.

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The nominations for the 50th annual CMA Awards have been announced and a new artist joins two of country music’s rebels atop the heap. Maren Morris, who released her debut album Hero in June, and last year’s big winner Chris Stapleton, along with Eric Church, are all tied for five nominations.

Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban are close behind with four nominations each.

For Underwood, it marks her first-ever appearance in the Entertainer of the Year category. The field for the night’s most coveted trophy also features first-time Entertainer nominee Stapleton, 2005 Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban, four-time winner Garth Brooks and reigning Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan.

The 50th annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville on Wednesday, November 2nd, on ABC. 

Here is the full list of nominees: 

Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks

Luke Bryan

Chris Stapleton

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

Album of the Year

Black – Dierks Bentley

Hero – Maren Morris

Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church

Ripcord – Keith Urban

Storyteller – Carrie Underwood

Single of the Year

“Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

“Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw

“My Church” – Maren Morris

“Nobody to Blame” – Chris Stapleton

“Record Year” – Eric Church

Song of the Year

“Burning House”- Cam

“Die a Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

“Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw

“My Church” – Maren Morris

“Record Year” – Eric Church

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Tim McGraw

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood 

New Artist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Brothers Osborne

Maren Morris

Old Dominion

Cole Swindell

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Joey + Rory

Maddie & Tae 

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band 

Music Video of the Year

“Burning House” – Cam

“Fire Away” – Chris Stapleton

“Humble and Kind” – Tim McGraw

“Record Year” – Eric Church

“Somewhere on a Beach” – Dierks Bentley

Musical Event of the Year

“Different For Girls” – Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King

“Home Alone Tonight” –  Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild

“The Fighter” – Keith Urban (featuring Carrie Underwood)

“Think of You” – Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope)

“You Are My Sunshine” – Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton

Musician of the Year 

Jerry Douglas (Dobro/Lap Steel Guitar)

Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)

Dann Huff (Guitar)

Brent Mason (Guitar)

Derek Wells (Guitar) 


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