Throughout 2015, there have been rumblings of a backlash against the prevailing trends at country radio, and that backlash is certainly reflected in the year’s crop of CMA nominees.
This year’s CMA nominees were just announced this morning by Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This year’s crop features many of the usual suspects, as well as a few surprising inclusions and exclusions. The full list of nominees follows with some brief commentary. Musgraves, Shelton and Swift lead with five nominations each, followed by Florida Georgia Line with four. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Entertainer: Blake Shelton
Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert
Male Vocalist: Blake Shelton
Vocal Group: Little Big Town
New Artist: Hunter Hayes
Vocal Duo: Thompson Square
Musician: Mac McAnally
Album: Eric Church, Chief
Single: Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Song: Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton, “Over You”
Musical Event: Tim McGraw & Kenny Chesney, “Feel Like a Rock Star”
Video: Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup”