‘The 52nd Annual CMA Awards’ Nominees Announced – Chris Stapleton Snags Five Nominations

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CMA Awards 2018 Nominees

‘The 52nd Annual CMA Awards’ take Nov. 14, 2018 (Photo credit: CMA)

Chris Stapleton earned five nominations, enough to top the list of The 52nd Annual CMA Awards. Nominees were just announced by the Country Music Association for the annual CMA Awards which this year will be held on Wednesday, November 14. The show will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on ABC beginning at 8pm.

Producer and musician Dann Huff followed Stapleton with four nominations. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban each picked up three.

The 2018 CMA Awards will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, marking their 11th year handling hosting duties for what’s been dubbed “Country Music’s Biggest Night.” David Wild is the head writer, Gary Halvorson is directing, and Robert Deaton is the awards show’s executive producer.


The 52nd Annual CMA Awards Nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
• Jason Aldean
• Luke Bryan
• Kenny Chesney
• Chris Stapleton
• Keith Urban

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
• “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
• “Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland
• “Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
• “Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
• “Tequila” – Dan + Shay

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
• From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris Stapleton
• Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
• Graffiti U – Keith Urban
• Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
• The Mountain – Dierks Bentley

SONG OF THE YEAR
• “Body Like A Back Road”
• “Broken Halos”
• “Drowns the Whiskey”
• “Drunk Girl”
• “Tequila”

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Kelsea Ballerini
• Miranda Lambert
• Maren Morris
• Kacey Musgraves
• Carrie Underwood

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Dierks Bentley
• Luke Combs
• Thomas Rhett
• Chris Stapleton
• Keith Urban

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
• Lady Antebellum
• LANCO
• Little Big Town
• Midland
• Old Dominion

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
• Brothers Osborne
• Dan + Shay
• Florida Georgia Line
• Maddie & Tae
• Sugarland

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
• “Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne
• “Dear Hate” – Maren Morris (Feat. Vince Gill)
• “Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
• “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney)
• “Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
• Jerry Douglas, Dobro
• Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
• Dann Huff, Guitar
• Mac McAnally, Guitar
• Derek Wells, Guitar

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
• “Babe” – Sugarland (Featuring Taylor Swift)
• “Cry Pretty” – Carrie Underwood
• “Drunk Girl” – Chris Janson
• “Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
• “Tequila” – Dan + Shay

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
• Lauren Alaina
• Luke Combs
• Chris Janson
• Midland
• Brett Young




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