Photo By John Peets

Yesterday was a HUGE day in the Country Music industry as nominations were announced for the 46t Annual CMA Awards.  The awards will air LIVE from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 1 on the ABC network, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.  Check out some reactions from country stars that learned of their nominations.

Blake Shelton – Nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year  for “God Gave Me You”, Song of the Year as songwriter for “Over You” with Miranda Lambert & for “God Gave Me You”
“I never get tired of these ‘Oh-My-God-How-Did-This-Happen?!!’ moments,” commented Blake. “Thank you to country radio and everyone who casts a CMA vote. I am truly honored.”

Hunter Hayes – Nominated for New Artist of the Year
“What an honor it is to be recognized by the country music family that I’ve always wanted to be a part of,” commented Hunter.  “I am absolutely over the top excited to be nominated for CMA’s New Artist of the Year! My first CMA nomination. So grateful. So excited. Thank you!!”

Lee Brice – Nominated for New Artist of the Year
“I can’t even begin to express how good it feels to receive this nomination today,” said Brice. “It’s an honor, especially in the company of these other hard-working artists. I just feel so blessed.”

Love And Theft – Nominated for New Artist of the Year and Vocal Duo of the Year
Stephen says, “We can’t even believe it! We are honored and humbled to be nominated.  It’s most certainly one of the biggest highlights of our career. We can’t thank everyone enough!” Eric adds, “I have been watching my idols on the CMA awards since I was a little kid. It is such an honor to be nominated in two categories. I have been dreaming of this my whole life.”

Eric Church – Nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, Song of the Year, and Music Video of the Year for “Springsteen”
“I really don’t even know what to say!” Church said. “I’m still a little bit in shock… I’m truly speechless. I think it’s a testament to the fans that believed in the music… loved the music… and told people about the music because otherwise we don’t really have the track record to be the most nominated at this point in our career. I think that it’s truly because of the fans… they did something I think is going to be judged as pretty special.”