2014 CMA Awards: Nominees

If you are a country music fan like I am, you know that the 2014 CMA Awards nominees were announced yesterday morning on Good Morning America. That’s right, Darius Rucker and Little Big Town had the honor of reading off the list of nominees at a press conference in New York City. The 48th CMA Awards are scheduled to air live on November 5th at 8 pm on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Once again, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host country’s big night for the seventh time together.

2014 CMA Awards: Nominees

Miranda Lambert: 2014 CMA Awards Nominee

So, who were some of the nominees? Take a look below:

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Kacey Musgraves
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year
Crash My Party, Luke Bryan
Fuse, Keith Urban
The Outsiders
, Eric Church
Platinum, Miranda Lambert
Riser, Dierks Bentley

Song of the Year
“Follow Your Arrow”
“Give Me Back My Hometown”
“I Don’t Dance”
“I Hold On”

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Swon Brothers
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year
Brandy Clark
Brett Eldredge
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell

Where do I even begin with my commentary on this year’s nominees? While I’m super happy names like Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton got the nominations they rightfully deserve in major categories like Male Vocalist of the Year, I’m a little surprised by how many nominations Miranda Lambert  picked up. In fact, she received the most nominations out of any artist, being placed in a whooping 9 categories. I think Lambert is an amazing woman and some of her songs are incredible (“Over You” and “The House That Built Me”…hello), but I personally don’t feel her latest album, Platinum, was strong enough to garner that many nominations.

2014 CMA Awards Nominees

Thomas Rhett: 2014 CMA Awards Nominee


Then, there’s the fact that Taylor Swift only received one nomination and that wasn’t even in the category of Entertainer of the Year. I have to admit that may have shocked me the most.  Isn’t that a first? Lastly, I have to make it known just how excited I am that artists like Cole Swindell and Thomas Rhett picked up nominations in the New Artist of the Year category. They are so underrated in the country genre and I couldn’t be any more excited that they are finally being recognized. Good luck to all this year’s nominees. Can’t wait to watch the award show later this year.

What do you think about this year’s nominees?

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