Topping the list of final nominees are four artists with five nominations each for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” including Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift. Right on their heels are The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band, who each received four nominations as a group while individual members Kimberly Perry (of The Band Perry), Coy Bowles and Zac Brown (of Zac Brown Band) each earned a solo nod as a songwriter.

“‘Country Music’s Biggest Night(tm)’ is shaping up to be a tight race with an outstanding group of new and established nominees topping the list,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “With no clear frontrunner there will be a heightened level of excitement and anticipation for the CMA Awards in November.”

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the fourth time by Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

For the sixth year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with The Band Perry and Jake Owen delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. Finalists in the other seven categories were announced by Jerrod Niemann and CMA Vocal Duo and New Artist of the Year nominees Thompson Square from the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, which was home to the first broadcast of the CMA Awards in 1968.

The Final Nominees for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards”:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Taylor Swift

Keith Urban

 

Female Vocalist of the Year

Sara Evans

Miranda Lambert

Martina McBride

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

 

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Keith Urban

 

Vocal Group of the Year

The Band Perry

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

 

New Artist of the Year

The Band Perry

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Thompson Square

Chris Young

 

Vocal Duo of the Year

The Civil Wars

Montgomery Gentry

Steel Magnolia

Sugarland

Thompson Square

 

Single of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

“A Little Bit Stronger” – Sara Evans Produced by Tony Brown – RCA Nashville

“Colder Weather” – Zac Brown Band Produced by Keith Stegall and Zac Brown – Southern Ground Artists/Atlantic Records

“Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson Produced by Michael Knox – Broken Bow Records

“Honey Bee” – Blake Shelton Produced by Scott Hendricks – Warner Bros. Nashville

“If I Die Young” – The Band Perry Produced by Paul Worley – Republic Nashville

 

Album of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

All About Tonight – Blake Shelton Produced by Scott Hendricks – Warner Bros. Nashville

My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean Produced by Michael Knox – Broken Bow Records

Speak Now – Taylor Swift Produced by Nathan Chapman and Taylor Swift – Big Machine Records

This Is Country Music – Brad Paisley Produced by Frank Rogers – Arista Nashville

You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band Produced by Keith Stegall and Zac Brown – Southern Ground Artists/Atlantic Records

 

Song of the Year (Award goes to Songwriter(s))

“Colder Weather” – Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, Levi Lowrey, and Coy Bowles

“Dirt Road Anthem” – Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford

“If I Die Young” – Kimberly Perry

“Mean” – Taylor Swift

“You and Tequila” – Matraca Berg and Deana Carter

 

Musical Event of the Year (Award goes to each Artist)

“As She’s Walking Away” – Zac Brown Band featuring Alan Jackson Southern Ground Artists/Atlantic Records

“Coal Miner’s Daughter” – Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow, and Miranda Lambert Columbia Records Nashville

“Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson Broken Bow Records

“Old Alabama” – Brad Paisley featuring Alabama Arista Nashville

“You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter BNA Records

 

Music Video of the Year (Award goes to Artist and Director)

“Honey Bee” – Blake Shelton Directed by Trey Fanjoy

“If I Die Young” – The Band Perry Directed by David McClister

“Mean” – Taylor Swift Directed by Declan Whitebloom

“Old Alabama” – Brad Paisley featuring Alabama Directed by Jim Shea

“You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter Directed by Shaun Silva

 

Musician of the Year

Sam Bush – Mandolin

Jerry Douglas – Dobro

Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar

Dann Huff – Guitar

Mac McAnally – Guitar