Kacey Musgraves Ties Taylor Swift for Most CMA Nominations
Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves look to be top performers of the year if the Country Music Association Award nominations are a decent benchmark.
The pair have a hefty six nominations each, as was announced yesterday. They’re pitted against each other for Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (Swift’s Red and Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park), and Single of the Year (Musgrave’s “Merry Go ‘Round” and Swift’s collaboration with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”). Swift may also leave with her third Entertainer of the Year award, for which she’ll be competing with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and George Strait (who now holds a record-breaking/setting/smashing 82 CMA nominations. Woah.)
We also expect Musgraves to be pretty peeved if she doesn’t pick up some form of win for the Song of the Year category, since she holds two nominations for her solo song “Merry Go ‘Round”, as well as her writing contributions to Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart.”
The newcomer is also set to fight (to the death, we imagine) with Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore and Lee Brice for the New Artist of the Year award.
Last year’s Entertainer of the Year winner, Blake Shelton, takes a very respectable second place for five nominations, including Male Vocalist of the Year, and Video and Vocal Event for his single “Boys ‘Round Here” with the Pistol Annies.
Honorable mentions should also go to Keith Urban, who tallied up four nominations, and Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town, who all compiled three each.
The full list of nominees can be found at the CMA’s site and Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are set to host the whole shebang (for the sixth straight year) on Wednesday November 6th, broadcast live exclusively on ABC.