The nominations for this year's Country Music Association Awards were announced Tuesday morning, with some big names competing in the top categories.
You'll also find some familiar names up for the CMA Broadcast Personality of the year. WIVK's "Andy and Alison and the Morning Crew" were nominated in the medium market category. Good luck to Andy, Alison, and Jimmy!
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At the moment there are no women inside the Top 10 on Billboard's country airplay chart and only three female vocalists rank inside the Top 25.
But radio's penchant for male voices isn't reflected in the nominations for the 47th annual CMA Awards.
The two leading nominees are female – Taylor Swift and newcomer Kacey Musgraves each picked up six nominations when they were announced this morning in New York City. In addition, Miranda Lambert has five nominations and Carrie Underwood, who will co-host the show with Brad Paisley, has three nominations.
Swift was listed in categories including entertainer of the year, album of the year and female vocalist of the year with the last two pitting her against Musgraves. Musgraves, who released her debut album this year "Same Trailer Different Park," is also named in the single of the year category and in pitted against herself in the song of the year category having written her hit "Merry Go Round" and Miranda Lambert's "Mama's Broken Heart"—both of which are mentioned under the heading.
Steve Wariner performed songs from his new album "It Ain't All Bad" and announced the 2013 Broadcast Award finalists at the CMA office in Nashville on Tuesday morning during the CMA Awards nominee unveiling. (Photo: Shelley Mays)
However following the nominations, Underwood's fans were extremely vocal on Twitter regarding what they're calling her "snub" in the still male dominated entertainer of the year category. Swift is the only female in the category and is up against Blake Shelton, George Strait, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.
"I'm really sick of the Carrie Underwood snub for Entertainer category?" tweeted Adam Lim Persie, whose Twitter account says he lives in Malaysia. "What Carrie has to do to win their votes!!!????? GRRRRRRR."
Emma Watson ?@_emmawatson_x tweeted: "@CountryMusic seriously, what does @carrieunderwood have to do to get recognised by your voters? Nothing she does seems to be good enough."
Underwood, who has twice been crowned entertainer of the year by the Academy of Country Music and played 112 shows for 1 million fans on her recent Blown Away Tour, has never received the honor from the Country Music Association.
Other multiple nominees include CMA's reining entertainer of the year Blake Shelton with five nods including male vocalist of the year and album of the year. Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line received four nominations each. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and Tim McGraw got three nominations.
Steve Wariner, who has four CMA wins under his belt and released his new album "It Ain't All Bad" today, was at the CMA offices this morning to read CMA's broadcast awards finalists. He had a couple congratulations to send out to some of his favored artists as well as a few predictions to make about this year's crop of nominees.
"I love (new artist of the year nominee) Brett Eldredge," Wariner said. "I like him a lot. I love Blake (Shelton's) nominations. I imagine Blake is going to have a huge year because everybody loves him and he's a huge TV star and he makes great records. (Entertainer of the year nominee) George Strait will probably have a real big year. I hate to see him fading into the sunset."
Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line were responsible for unveiling the nominations this morning – the artists revealed five of the categories on ABC's "Good Morning America" then later in the morning traveled to the Best Buy Theater in the Big Apple and read the final seven.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the CMA Awards for the sixth time when the awards show airs live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. Nov. 6 on ABC.
This morning's live television announcement was time delayed and aired locally at 8:30 a.m., but nominees were posted here as announced on the East Coast. Below is the full nominee list with the most recently announced at the top:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
"Based on a True Story": Blake Shelton; Produced by Scott Hendricks; Warner Bros. Records
"Blown Away:: Carrie Underwood; Produced by Mark Bright; 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville
"Red": Taylor Swift; Produced by Jeff Bhasker, Scott Borchetta, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker, and Dan Wilson; Big Machine Records
"Same Trailer Different Park": Kacey Musgraves; Produced by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves; Mercury Records
"Tornado": Little Big Town; Produced by Jay Joyce; Capitol Records Nashville
Click the photo above for a photo gallery from the 2012 CMA Awards. Here, Taylor Swift performs Thursday night at the 46th Annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena. (Photo: Larry McCormack / The Tennessean)
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
"Boys 'Round Here": Blake Shelton (featuring Pistol Annies); Warner Bros. Records
"Cruise": Florida Georgia Line (with Nelly); Republic Nashville
"Don't Rush": Kelly Clarkson (featuring Vince Gill) 19 Recordings/RCA Nashville
"Highway Don't Care"; Tim McGraw (with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban); Big Machine Records
"The Only Way I Know"; Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church; Broken Bow Records
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
"Cruise"; Florida Georgia Line; Produced by Joey Moi; Republic Nashville
"Highway Don't Care"; Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; Produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw; Big Machine Records
"Mama's Broken Heart"; Miranda Lambert; Produced by Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Chuck Ainlay; RCA Nashville
"Merry Go 'Round"; Kacey Musgraves; Produced by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves; Mercury Records
"Wagon Wheel"; Darius Rucker; Produced by Frank Rogers; Capitol Records Nashville
SONG OF THE YEAR
"I Drive Your Truck," Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary
"Mama's Broken Heart," Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Kacey Musgraves
"Merry Go 'Round," Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne, and Shane McAnally
"Pontoon," Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, and Barry Dean
"Wagon Wheel," Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Sam Bush (Mandolin)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Brent Mason (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
"Blown Away," Carrie Underwood; Directed by Randee St. Nicholas
"Boys 'Round Here," Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies; Directed by Trey Fanjoy
"Downtown," Lady Antebellum; Directed by Peter Zavadil
"Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban; Directed by Shane Drake
"Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert; Directed by Trey Fanjoy
"Tornado," Little Big Town; Directed by Shane Drake
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia Line
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Big & Rich
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
The Civil Wars