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Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire and more nominated for 2020 CMA Awards

Carrie Underwood [Randee St. Nicholas photo]
Carrie Underwood [Randee St. Nicholas photo]

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Checotah native Carrie Underwood and former Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert will contend this year for the top prize - entertainer of the year - at the 2020 Country Music Association Awards.

The CMA Awards nominations were announced this morning, with Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Maddie & Tae and Luke Dick among the other nominees with Oklahoma ties.

As previously reported, Luke Combs and Carly Pearce revealed select nominees today on ABC’s “Good Morning America," live from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Immediately following the live broadcast, Ingrid Andress and Gabby Barrettrevealed the remaining CMA Awards categories in addition to the CMA Broadcast Awards finalists via live-stream with Ashley Eicher, host of Apple Music Country’s “Guest List Radio with Ashley Eicher,” on social media.


The 54th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 11 on ABC.

Underwood is nominated for two awards - entertainer of the year and female vocalist of the year - while Lambert tops the list at seven nominations, making CMA Awards history as the first female artist to accumulate a record-breaking 55 total career nods. The record was previously held by Chockie native McEntire, who earned her 51st nomination this year.

It's the first time two women acts are competing for entertainer of the year in more than a decade, according to Billboard. Lambert and trio Lady Antebellum (now known as Lady A), which includes Hillary Scott, were nominated for the CMA's top prize 2010, and in 2000, the Dixie Chicks (now known as The Chicks) won and Faith Hill was a nominee. It’s the first time two female solo artists have competed for the entertainer honors since 1979, when Crystal Gayle and Barbara Mandrell were both nominated, Billboard reports.

Miranda Lambert [Ellen Von Unwerth photo]
Miranda Lambert [Ellen Von Unwerth photo]

Along with her nomination for entertainer of the year, Lambert earned nods for female vocalist of the year, album of the year for her acclaimed fall 2019 collection "Wildcard" and musical event of the year for her cover of Oklahoma Music Hall of Famer Elvin Bishop's (who grew up in Tulsa) iconic hit "Fooled Around and Fell in Love," which she covered with Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes and Caylee Hammack.

Lambert also garnered three nods for her uplifting chart-topper "Bluebird": single of the year, music video of the year and song of the year. She shares the latter nomination with her co-writers Natalie Hemby and Dick, an Oklahoma City native who grew up in Cogar.

Dick is among several first-time CMA Awards nominees are Barrett, Andress, Hammack, Townes, Jimmie Allen, Justin Bieber, Justin Clough, David Coleman, Jim Cooley, Sam Ellis, Ray Fulcher, Caylee Hozier, Zach Kale, Rob McNelley, Buckley Miller, Scott Moffatt, Randy Montana, Jonathan Singleton, Sam Siske, Derrick Southerland, Chris Tomlin and Laura Veltz. 

McEntire shares a nomination in the musical event of the year category for Thomas Rhett's encouraging single “Be A Light," which featured Scott, Tomlin, Keith Urban and Reba.

Rascal Flatts - lead singer Gary LeVox, bassist Jay DeMarcus and guitarist Joe Don Rooney, who hails from Picher - is nominated for vocal group of the year.

In the vocal duo category, two contenders have Oklahoma roots - the reunited Brooks & Dunn consists of Louisiana native Kix Brooks and former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn, while Oklahoma-Texas duo Maddie & Tae is Maddie Marlow of Sugar Land, Texas, and Taylor "Tae" Dye of Ada.

In addition to Lambert's seven nods, top nominees include Combs with six nominations – including his first ever nod for Entertainer of the Year - and Morris with five nods.

Among the notable snubs among this year's CMA Awards nominees: Oklahoma natives Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton. As previously reported, Brooks announced this summer that he no longer wanted to be considered for the CMA's entertainer of the year category but that he wouldn't mind scoring a nod in other categories like musical event of the year for his Shelton duet "Dive Bar." But they weren't nominated for "Dive Bar," nor was Shelton nominated in musical event for his smash duet "Nobody But You" with his pop icon girlfriend Gwen Stefani.

“This year’s nominees represent the passion, creativity and hope our world could use more of these days. From record-shattering milestones to reaching across genre lines, these finalists are outstanding examples of the craft and camaraderie Country Music holds deeply,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer, in a statement. “As we navigate the coming months and look to properly honor our nominees and the community, we are committed to delivering the safest and most memorable live television experience our artists, creators and fans could ask for. We cannot wait to reveal our two incredible CMA Awards hosts in just a few weeks and we look forward to celebrating Country Music this November!”

Winners of the 54th Annual CMA Awards will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting CMA members. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Oct. 1. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Oct. 27, according to a news release.

Maddie & Tae [Photo provided]
Maddie & Tae [Photo provided]

54th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS – FINAL NOMINEES (by ballot category order):  

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Eric Church
Luke Combs  
Miranda Lambert  
Carrie Underwood  
Keith Urban  

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer
“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Producer: Dan Smyers
Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano
“Beer Never Broke My Heart” – Luke Combs
Producer: Scott Moffatt
Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley  
“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Jay Joyce
Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce  
“The Bones” – Maren Morris
Producer: Greg Kurstin
Mix Engineer: Greg Kurstin
“I Hope” – Gabby Barrett
Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale
Mix Engineer: Buckley Miller

ALBUM OF THE YEAR  
Award goes to Artist and Producer(s)
Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi
Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi
Never Will – Ashley McBryde
Producers: Jay Joyce, John Peets
Old Dominion – Old Dominion
Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion
What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs
Producer: Scott Moffatt
Wildcard – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Jay Joyce

SONG OF THE YEAR  
Award goes to Songwriters
“Bluebird”  
Songwriters: Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert
“The Bones”  
Songwriters: Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz
“Even Though I'm Leaving”  
Songwriters: Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Ray Fulcher
“I Hope You're Happy Now”  
Songwriters: Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Carly Pearce, Jonathan Singleton
“More Hearts Than Mine”  
Songwriters: Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, Derrick Southerland

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR  
Miranda Lambert  
Ashley McBryde  
Maren Morris  
Kacey Musgraves  
Carrie Underwood  

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR  
Eric Church  
Luke Combs  
Thomas Rhett  
Chris Stapleton  
Keith Urban    

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Lady A
Little Big Town  
Midland  
Old Dominion  
Rascal Flatts  

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

Reba McEntire [Photo provided]
Reba McEntire [Photo provided]

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR  
Award goes to Artists and Producer(s)
“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Producer: Dan Smyers
“Be A Light” – Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
Producer: Dann Huff
“The Bones” – Maren Morris with Hozier
Producer: Greg Kurstin
“Fooled Around And Fell In Love” – Miranda Lambert (feat. Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes & Caylee Hammack)
Producer: Jay Joyce
“I Hope You're Happy Now” – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
Producer: busbee

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR  
Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
Rob McNelley, Guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy, Guitar
Derek Wells, Guitar

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR  
Award goes to Artist(s) and Director
“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Director: Patrick Tracy
“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy
“Homemade” – Jake Owen
Director: Justin Clough
“I Hope You're Happy Now” – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
Director: Sam Siske
“Second One To Know” – Chris Stapleton
Director: David Coleman

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR  
Jimmie Allen  
Ingrid Andress  
Gabby Barrett  
Carly Pearce  
Morgan Wallen  

THE 54th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS – FINALISTS FOR BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (by market size):  

National  
“American Country Countdown” (Kix Brooks) – Westwood One
“The Blair Garner Show” (Blair Garner and "Off Eric" Garner) – Westwood One
“CMT After Midnite” (Cody Alan) – Premiere Networks
“Country Countdown USA” (Lon Helton) – Westwood One
“The Mayor of Music Row” (Charlie Monk) – Sirius XM Satellite Radio

Major Market
“Angie Ward” – WUBL, Atlanta, Ga.
“Chris Carr & Company” (Chris Carr, Kia Becht and McKaila Granning) – KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
“Double-L” (Lois Lewis) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.
“Fitz in the Morning” (Cory Fitzner) – KNUC, Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
“Paul Schadt & Sarah Lee in the Morning with Producer Geof” (Paul Schadt, Sarah Lee and Geof Knight) – WKKT, Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C.

Large Market
“The Big Dave Show (“Big Dave” Chandler, Chelsie Shinkle, Jason Statt and Ashley Hempfling) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
“Jim, Deb & Kevin” (Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt and Kevin Freeman) – WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.  
“Lexi & Banks” (“Lexi” Elena Abatgis and “Banks” Jared Danielson) – KUBL, Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
“Obie & Ashley” (“Obie” Obed Diaz and Ashley Morrison) – WWKA, Orlando, Fla.  
“Ridder, Scott and Shannen” (“Ridder” Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin and Shannen Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.  

Medium Market
“Brent Michaels” – KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.
“Clay & Company” (Clay Moden, Rob Banks and Val Townsend) – WYRK, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
“Kenn McCloud” – KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.
“Scott and Sarah in the Morning” (Scott Wynn and Sarah Kay) – WQMX, Akron, Ohio
“Steve & Gina In The Morning” (Steve Lundy and Gina Melton) – KXKT, Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa

Small Market
“Big Rick In The Morning” (“Big Rick” Daniels) – WGGC, Bowling Green, Ky.
“Bobby & Steve (and Mandi!)” (Bobby Cook, Steve Schwetman and Mandi Turner) – WKYQ, Paducah, Ky.  
“Brent and Candy - The Cat Pak Morning Show” (Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton) – WYCT, Pensacola, Fla.
“Officer Don & DeAnn” (“Officer Don” Evans and DeAnn Stephens) – WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
“Steve And Jessica Mornings” (Steve Waters and Jessica Cash) – WFLS, Fredericksburg, Va.


THE 54th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS – FINALISTS FOR RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (by market size):    

Major Market
KNUC – Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
KSCS – Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
KYGO – Denver-Boulder, Colo.  
WXTU – Philadelphia, Pa.  
WYCD – Detroit, Mich.  

Large Market
KNCI – Sacramento, Calif.
KUBL – Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
WMIL – Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.  
WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio
WWKA – Orlando, Fla.  

Medium Market
KATM – Modesto, Calif.  
WHKO – Dayton, Ohio  
WQMX – Akron, Ohio
WUSY – Chattanooga, Tenn.
WXCY – Wilmington, Del.  

Small Market
KKNU – Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
WBYT – South Bend, Ind.
WKXC – Augusta, Ga.
WXBQ – Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.
WXFL – Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala.

-BAM 

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Carrie Underwood [Randee St. Nicholas photo]

Carrie Underwood [Randee St. Nicholas photo]

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