Taylor Swift battles four men for top CMA Award
Aldean, Shelton and Paisley were the others with five nominations apiece. The Zac Brown Band and the Band Perry were next with four.
The nominations marked a breakthrough for Aldean and Shelton, both first-time entertainer nominees and long overlooked at awards shows until recently. Like Paisley, Swift and Urban have each won an entertainer trophy before.
Singer Jake Owen and the Band Perry made the initial announcement of seven categories Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Jerrod Niemann and two-time nominee Thompson Square announced the remaining nominees later at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Swift is also up for female vocalist of the year with Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Sara Evans and Miranda Lambert, who won the honor last year on her 27th birthday.
Lambert’s husband, Shelton, will defend his male vocalist of the year award this year against Paisley, Urban, Aldean and Kenny Chesney, who had three nominations.
The Band Perry will compete with Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town in the vocal group category. And the sibling trio is nominated with Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Thompson Square and Chris Young in the new artist of the year category.
Coveted album of the year nominations went to Shelton for “All About Tonight,” Aldean for “My Kinda Party,” Swift’s “Speak Now,” Paisley’s “This is Country Music” and “You Get What You Give” by the Zac Brown Band. Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the award show for a fourth time live Nov. 9 from Nashville on ABC.