2015 CMA Awards Nominees Announced—Find Out Who Made the List!

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Steven Tyler and Kelsea Ballerini revealed the nominees for the 49th annual CMA Awards Wednesday morning on Good Morning America. The rocker-turned-country star and newcomer announced five categories, with the rest of the names being announced later.Tyler and Ballerini announced Entertainer, Album, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year. The biggest surprise for Ballerini, however, was that she nabbed two nominations for herself! She is up for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. She couldn't believe that she had gone from sitting in the audience to being honored in a matter of one year.”I sat at the CMA Awards as a fan last year,” Ballerini recalled. “What is this?!”

Here is the complete list of nominees:

Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Eric Church

Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year

Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean

Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves

Pain Killer, Little Big Town

The Big Revival, Kenny Chesney

Traveller, Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

LeAnn Womack

Kelsea Ballerini

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Blake Shelton

Chris Stapleton

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Rascal Flatts

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)

“American Kids” – Kenny Chesney

“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town

“Like a Cowboy” – Randy Houser

“Like a Wrecking Ball” – Eric Church

“Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne

Dan and Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie and Tae

Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year

Sam Hunt

Maddie & Tae

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Kelsea Ballerini

Single of the Year


“American Kids” – Kenny Chesney

“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town

“I Don't Dance” – Lee Brice

“Take Your Time” – Sam Hunt

“Talladega” – Eric Church

Musical Event of the Year

Django and Jimmie – Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard

Lonely Tonight – Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe

Raise ‘Em Up – Keith Urban feat. Eric Church

Smokin' and Drinkin' – Miranda Lambert feat. Little Big Town

Wild Child – Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter

Music Video of the Year

“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

“Girl in a Country Song,” Maddie & Tae

“Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert

“Something in the Water,” Carrie Underwood



Musician of the Year

Sam Bush

Jerry Douglas

Paul Franklin

Dann Huff

Mac McAnally



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