Wednesday, 9 September 2015

The 49th Annual CMA Awards Nominations 2015

49th Annual CMA Awards Nominations

a) 49th Annual CMA Awards Nominations announced
b) Analysis of the nominees
c) Full 49th Annual CMA Awards Nominees and Categories listed
d) CMA Broadcast Awards Finalists Announced
e) Press Releases  f) CMA Awards 2015 Playlist  g) CMA Awards 2015 Tweets

Country rocker Steven Tyler and talented newbie Kelsea Ballerini helped announce the nominees for the 49th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday (Sept 9, 2015).

The news was delivered across several ABC properties.
At sunrise, Ballerini and Tyler were on hand in Times Square to announce the nominees in five categories live on air on Good Morning America; the announcements aired in the 7:30AM half-hour segment. Tyler and Ballerini announced the rest of the nominees at around 8:10AM on

With just under two months left until the 2015 CMA Awards air on Nov. 4, the nominees for "Country Music's Biggest Night" were revealed on ABC's Good Morning America Wednesday morning (Sept. 9).

Ballerini herself who exclaimed, "That's not real!" upon hearing of her very first and two nominations. The finalists for the remaining seven categories were broadcast on a live stream later in the program.

The 2015 CMA nominees contained a mixture of the biggest superstars in the genre Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, and Garth Brooks -- and some of the genre's hottest newcomers such as Sam Hunt, female duo Maddie & Tae, and Chris Stapleton. For the eighth consecutive year, new mummy Underwood and Brad Paisley will serve as the show's co-hosts when it airs live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 4 at 8pm ET. See the list of nominees below.
Leading the 49th Annual CMA Awards nominations

Little Big Town crushed it with their song "Girl Crush" and are tied with Eric Church with five nominations each at this year's Country Music Association Awards.
The four-part vocal group rode the success of the media hype and critical acclaim to nominations for Album, Group, Musical Event, Music Video and Single of the Year.
Eric Church snagged noms for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Single, Musical event and Song of the Year (Church is co-writer with Luke Laird).
Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert received four nominations each. 12 time CMA winner Miranda has now amassed 38 CMA nominations if if she wins CMA Female Vocalist of the Year once again she would extend the winning streak to six years. Now divorced from former CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton he too could extended his Male Vocalist reign to six straight wins.

Singer-songwriters stood out in this year's nominations with Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt and Maddie & Tae (Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye) all receiving three nominations.

On the chart Dec 20, 2014  "Girl In A Country Song" reached No.1 for Maddie & Tae for 1 week on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Their current quality single “Fly” is Top 10 (current peak #9). Their debut  album, START HERE (outside of the CMA voting eligibility period) released with an acoustic concert in Nashville Tuesday night (Aug 18). Start Here (Dot/Republic/Big Machine Label Group) has opened at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart (dated Sept.19) with 23,682 sales in the week ending Sept. 3, according to Nielsen Music. The album marks the strongest unit debut by a female duo on Top Country Albums since The Wreckers (Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp) 44K bow back in 2006.

Reigning 2014 CMA Entertainer Luke Bryan has two nominations along with Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton.

The Garth Brooks World Tour which began on Sept 4, 2014 with wife Trisha Yearwood has garnered him a nomination for Entertainer of the Year once again. The tour is Brooks' first in 13 years after coming out of retirement and launched in support of his 2014 album, MAN AGAINST MACHINE. The album made a debut at No.1 on the Country chart selling 130,000 copies (dated Nov 29, 2014) and held the top of the chart for 6 non-consecutive weeks. Brooks is a 3 times CMA Entertainer of the Year winner which he last won in 1997. His previous CMA nomination was for Album of the Year (1998) for SEVENS (Capitol).

Two times CMA New Artist nominee Lee Brice has a Single Of The Year nomination for I Don’t Dance”. Last year it was beaten out by Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” in the Song category. ‘I Don’t Dance’ has taken home Single Record of the Year honours at The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. In 2013 "I Drive Your Truck" performed by Lee Brice won Song of the Year for writers Connie Harrington, Jessi Alexander and Jimmy Yeary.

Kelsea Ballerini landed her first nominations with two nods for Female Vocalist and New Artist!

Kelsea landed a #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase Charts with "Love Me Like You Mean It" (writers Kelsea Ballerini, Josh Kerr, Forest Glen Whitehead, Lance Carpenter). On June 22, 2015 Black River Entertainment artist Kelsea became the first Country female solo to debut #1 since Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel" in January 2006! Ballerini’s #1 marked the first time a solo female has landed at #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart ( issue date July 4, 2015) in nearly three years since Carrie Underwood’s "Blown Away" on Nov. 3, 2012! Her EP sold just 1,100 copies with a #40 Country Album debut (chart March 28, 2015) but followed up with her album THE FIRST TIME with debuts at #31 Billboard 200/ #22 Top Albums Sales and #4 Country Albums selling 13,465 copies (chart June 6, 2015).
Chris Stapleton
THE BIGGEST SURPRISE among the familiar CMA faces that grabbed 2015 noms was certainly Chris Stapleton after grabbing his three early 2015 nominations for Album, Male Vocalist and New Artist . One of those included Male Vocalist Of The Year surprisingly freezing out Sam Hunt of the category despite the huge success he’s had with 3 chart topping singles, biggest selling country artist in the first quarter 2015 and his album MONTEVALLO topped the chart issue date Nov 15, 2014 selling 69,849 copies and has enjoyed eight non-consecutive weeks atop the album chart .

Stapleton’s album TRAVELLER made a debut at #14 on the Billboard 200 Album chart and #2 on Country Albums selling 27,032 copies (chart issued May 23, 2015) 

Jason Aldean be complaining some as he was once again snubbed by the CMA voting members—as in 2014—from both the Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year categories. In March Aldean remarried when he wed his curveous sexy busty American Idol mistress-turned-wife Brittany Kerr in Mexico.

Reba McEntire was absent from a Female Vocalist nomination despite her comeback singles and album LOVE SOMEBODY which made bows at #3 Billboard 200 Albums and a #1 Billboard Country album (58,351 sales; chart May 2, 2015).
Perhaps she was edged out by Lee Ann Womack who after a long absence made a debut in October 2014 at No.99 (#18 Country) selling a disappointing 3,400 copies of her highly acclaimed album THE WAY I'M LIVIN' (Sugar Hill). On a small Inde label and losing country airplay on the Billboard monitored stations did not helped its cause. However the great critical acclaim, The Way I'm Livin received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Country Album at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards!

Willie Nelson (82) and Merle Haggard (78) together the country legends logged the oldest duo ever to have a UK chart album, with DJANGO & JIMMIE were nominated for Musical Event of the Year for their collaborative album. On the charts issued June 20, 2015 Nelson & Haggard’s album opened with 30,408 copies (#7 Billboard 200, #4 Top Album Sales, #1 Country Albums).

Songwriter Shane McAnally has a chance of retaining a CMA Song Of The Year Award as a co-writer of two nominated songs "American Kids" (Kenny Chesney) and "Take Your Time" (Sam Hunt). Last year he joined Kacey Musgraves and Brandy Clark as the part of the writing team penning Musgraves ground breaking “Follow Your Arrow”.
Press Release: Shane McAnally VS. Shane McAnally Takes Center Stage At CMA Awards Hit Songwriter and Producer Earns Four Nominations Including Two in Song of the
Year Category, Impacts Single and Album of the Year at the 49th Annual Awards Show

Shane McAnally pulled off a rare, if not unprecedented feat, Wednesday morning when he was nominated for four CMA Awards – twice in the Song of the Year category (Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” and Sam Hunt’s “Take Your Time”), Single of the Year for “Take Your Time” as a producer and Album of the Year for Kacey Musgraves’ Pageant Material (as a producer) and unofficially squares off with himself for Song of the Year for the 49th Annual CMA Awards. The hit songwriter and producer reached a number of milestones with his four nominations.

He joins Alan Jackson as the only songwriters to have two of his songs compete in the Song of the Year category in different years. - Read More

The only International artist to stop the American monopoly is New Zealand born Keith Urban with one nomination for Musical Event Of The Year with "Raise 'Em Up, feat. Eric Church. Last year Keith was a winner in the category with “We Were Us” featuring Miranda Lambert. One wonder how close Canada’s Shania Twain came to a nomination after going on tour for the first time in 11 years, and announcing it will be her last tour before her long awaited fifth studio album? The former 1999 Entertainer of the Year was last nominated for Musical Event of the Year (2005) with Party For Two (Shania Twain w/ Billy Currington).

Despite the fact that if you threw a stick in Nashville you’d probably hit an A-list guitarist, keyboard player or percussionist the exaxt same 5 musicians who were nominated in 2014 are once again nominated for Musician Of The Year. Perhaps it should be renamed the Mac McAnally trophy as last year he won for the seventh time, extending his streak for most consecutive wins in the category winning 7 out of eight since 2007. His other CMA win was for Musical Event of the Year in 2009 with “Down The Road “ (Kenny Chesney with Mac McAnally).

In the real world there were sadly no nominations for the stars from the Nashville TV drama! So now’t for Rayna James (6 for 6 on the Tele!), Luke Wheeler, Juliette Barnes, Will Lexington, Sadie Stone or the Conrad Sisters!  

CMA Press Releases
Randy Houser Nabs CMA Nomination For Song Of The Year - Read More
Eric Church Tops CMA Awards Nominations With Five Nods - Read More
Kenny Chesney Takes 5+2: Entertainer, Album, Single, Song, Event & TWO Producer Nods - Read More

Kelsea Ballerini Beams With First CMA Award Nominations, Racking Up New Artist Of The Year and Female Vocalist Of The Year Nods…See more at: Read More

Little Big Town talk to Fox News about Girl Crush:

The 49th Annual CMA Awards Nominees are:

NEW = New to the Category for 2015 compared to the 2014 nominees 

Entertainer Of The Year (Category 1)  Tweet
Garth Brooks NEW
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney NEW
Eric Church NEW
Miranda Lambert

Single Of The Year 
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s)) (Category 2) Tweet
"American Kids", Kenny Chesney (Produced by Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney)
"Girl Crush", Little Big Town (Produced by Jay Joyce)
"I Don't Dance", Lee Brice (Produced by Lee Brice)
"Take Your Time", Sam Hunt (Produced by Zach Crowell and Shane McAnally)
"Talladega", Eric Church (Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenabora, Jnr)

Album Of The Year (Category 3) Tweet
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean (Produced by Michael Knox/ Broken Bow)
Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves (Produced by Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally/ Mercury Nashville)
Pain Killer, Little Big Town (Produced by Jay Joyce/ Capitol Records Nashville)
The Big Revival, Kenny Chesney (Produced by Buddy Cannon and Kenny Chesney/ Blue Chair Records/Columbia Nashville)
Traveller, Chris Stapleton (Produced by Dave Cobb and Christ Stapleton/ Mercury Nashville)

Song Of The Year (Category 4) Tweet
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
"American Kids", Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally (Artist: Kenny Chesney)
"Girl Crush", Songwriters: Liz Rose, Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey (Artist Little Big Town)
"Like a Cowboy", Songwriters: Randy Houser, Brice Long (Artist: Randy Houser)
"Like a Wrecking Ball", Songwriters: Eric Church, Casey Beathard (Artist: Eric Church) 
"Take Your Time", Songwriters: Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne (Artist: Sam Hunt)

Female Vocalist Of The Year (Category 5) Tweet
Kelsea Ballerini NEW
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
LeeAnn Womack NEW

Male Vocalist Of The Year (Category 6) Tweet
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Chris Stapleton NEW

Vocal Group Of The Year (Category 7)  Tweet
The Band Perry
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts NEW
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo Of The Year (Category 8) Tweet
Brothers Osborne NEW
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie and Tae NEW
Thompson Square

Musical Event Of The Year (Category 9) Tweet
(Award goes to each artist)
"Django And Jimmie", Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard/ Legacy Recording
"Lonely Tonight", Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe/Warner Bros./ Warner Music Nashville >> Video
"Raise 'Em Up, Keith Urban feat. Eric Church/ Hit Red Records/ Capitol Records Nashville >> Video
"Smokin' And Drinkin'" Miranda Lambert feat. Little Big Town/ RCA Nashville >> Video
"Wild Child", Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter/ Blue Chair Records/ Columbia Nashville >> Video

Musician Of The Year (Category 10) Tweet
Sam Bush (Mandolin)
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)

Music Video Of The Year (Category 11)
"Biscuits", Kacey Musgraves (Directed by Marc Klasfeld) >> Video 
"Girl Crush", Little Big Town (Directed by Karla Welch & Matthew Welch) >> Video
"Girl In A Country Song", Maddie & Tae (Directed by TK McKamy (pronounced mc-ka-me) >> Video
"Little Red Wagon", Miranda Lambert (Directed by Trey Fanjoy) >> Video
"Something In The Water", Carrie Underwood (Directed by Ray Kapoor) >> Video

New Artist Of The Year (Category 12) Tweet
Kelsea Ballerini NEW
Sam Hunt NEW
Maddie and Tae NEW
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton NEW

CMA Broadcast Awards Finalists Announced

The 49th Annual CMA Awards
With an assist from BLACK RIVER's Kelsea Ballerini, who contacted all finalists personally, the Country Music Association announced the 2014 "CMA Broadcast Awards" finalists in conjunction with the "49th Annual CMA Awards." They are as follows:

CMA Broadcast Personality Of The Year
"The Big D & Bubba Show," (Derek Haskins, Sean Powell) Compass Media Networks
"The Crook & Chase Show," (Lorianne Crook, Charlie Chase) iHeartmedia
"The Lia Show," (Lia Knight) Westwood One

Major Market:
"Barrel Boy At Night," (Eric Gruneisen) KNIX/Phoenix, Ariz.
"Ben And Matt In The Morning," (Ben Campbell, Matt Mcallister) KNIX/Phoenix, Ariz.
"The Michael J Show," (Michael J. Stuehler) WPOC/Baltimore, Md.
"Paul Schadt And Meg In The Morning Show," (Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight) WKKT/Charlotte-Gastonia, N.C./Rock Hill, S.C.
"The Q Morning Zoo," (Tim Tuttle, Kevin Kline, Erica Rico) KKBQ/Houston-Galveston, Texas

Large Market:
“The Big Dave Show,” (David Chandler, Chelsie Shinkle, Jason Statt) WUBE/Cincinnati, Ohio
“Karen, Scott & Radar,” (Karen Dalessandro, Scott Dolphin, Tony “Radar” Hess) WMIL/Milwaukee-Racine, Wisconsin
“Mornings With Dave O’brien,” (Dave O’brien) WLHK/Indianapolis, Indiana
“Q Morning Crew,” (Mike Wheless, Marty Young, Janie Carothers) WQDR/Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
“Randy And Jamie,” (Randy Carroll, Jamie Martin) KAJA/San Antonio, Texas

Medium Market
"The 97 Country Breakfast Club," (Roger Todd, Melissa Moran, Dale Sellers) WPCV/Lakeland-Winter Haven, Florida
"Andy & Allison And The Morning Crew," (Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt) WIVK/Knoxville, Tenn.
"Dj Walker In The Morning," (Dennis Walker, Jim Wells) KATM/Stockton, California
"Maverick & Lulu," (Maverick Johnson, Luanne Kyrsz) WCTQ/Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida
"Tom And Becky," (Tom Owens, Becky Palmer) WBBS/ Syracuse, New York

Small Market:
“Barrett, Fox & Berry,” (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, Tracy Berry) KKNU/Eugene-Springfield, Oregon
“Bobby And Steve Show,” (Bobby Cook, Steve Schwetman) WKYQ/Paducah, Kentucky
“The Dex & Mo Show,” (Bill “Dex” Poindexter, Melissa “Mo” Turner) WUSY/Chattanooga, Tennessee
“Ken And Daniel,” (Ken Hicks, Daniel Wyatt) WUSY/Chattanooga, Tennessee
“Scotty & Cara In The Morning,” (Scotty Cox, Cara Denis) KCLR/Columbia, Missouri

CMA Radio Station Of The Year
Major Market:
KNIX/Phoenix ; WKKT/Charlotte; WKLB/Boston; WPOC/Baltimore; WSOC/Charlotte
Large Market:
WCOL/Columbus; WLHK/Indianapolis; WMIL/Milwaukee; WQIK/Jacksonville; WUBE/Cincinnati
Medium Market:
CKRY/Calgary, KUZZ/Bakersfield; WBBS/Syracuse; WCTQ/Sarasota; WHKO/Dayton; WIVK/Noxville
Small Market:
KCLR/Columbia. MO; KFDI/Wichita, KS; KTTS/Springfield, MO; WGSQ/Cookeville,TN; WHWY/Ft. Walton Beach/Destin, FL

Winners will be announced in October and honored during the "49th Annual CMA Awards" on Weds Nov 4th at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. 

Source: CMA

First Ballot took place July 6 -16 followed by Second Ballot (Aug 11 – 20) and the Final CMA Awards 2015 Ballot is held between Oct 8 – 27, 2015

* The CMA Awards eligibility period was July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
CMA Awards winners are chosen in three rounds of voting. Votes are cast by industry professional members of the Country Music Association – meaning Awards Winners are honored by their peers in the music industry.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by more than 6,300 professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958. Winners of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” were determined in a final round of voting by eligible members of CMA.

The 49th Annual CMA Awards” airs live Wednestday, Nov. 4, at 8|7c on ABC-TV. Country superstars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood preside over the evening, returning as hosts for the eighth consecutive year. The 2015 CMA Awards promises spectacle, accolades and countless >> special moments.

Check out our CMA Awards 2015 Spotify Playlist

#CMAawards 2015 Tweets
Country Music Assoc. tweeted @CountryMusic  Special shout-out this a.m. to our more than 7,400 CMA members who determine the nominees & winners of the #CMAawards each year!

Sony Music Nashville tweeted @SonyNashville Congratulations to our Sony Music Nashville #CMAawards nominees! Details here:  @CountryMusic

Blake Shelton tweeted ‏@blakeshelton Congrats to my @ashleymonroe for our CMA nomination this morning!!! This calls for a drink!!!

Dan + Shay tweeted @DanAndShay  Congratulations to all the #CMAawards nominees!  We are stoked to be nominated for #DuoOfTheYear!

Kimberly Schlapman tweeted @ohgussie So grateful for the #CMAawards nominations! Amazing!!

Hillary Scott tweeted @HillaryScottLA  Vocal Group of the Year!!!!! Thank you to all of the voters and ALWAYS to the fans!!!!

Lady Antebellum tweeted @ladyantebellum Honored to be nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at this year’s #CMAawards! Congrats to all the other nominees! Going to be a fun night!

Luke Bryan tweeted @LukeBryanOnline  Thank you @countrymusic for the nominations. #EOTY #MaleVocalist #CMAawards

Lee Ann Womack tweeted @leeannwomack Woah! We're pretty excited around here! to everybody who helped me make music this year :) (& the neighbors!)

thompson square tweeted @thompsonsquare  We are so excited and proud to be nominated again for @cma duo of the year!!! Thanks so much to all the members that voted!

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