2012 CMA Nominations

05 Sep

They’re out!  What are your thoughts on this year’s CMA nominations?  Discuss in the comments section.

Entertainer of the Year 

Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big & Rich
Love and Theft
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year

Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

Album of the Year (Awarded to artist and producer)

Luke Bryan, Tailgates and Tanlines – Produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright

Eric Church, Chief – Produced by Jay Joyce

Miranda Lambert, Four the Record – Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf

Dierks Bentley, Home – Produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart

Lady Antebellum, Own the Night  – Produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year (Awarded to songwriters)

Eli Young Band, “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” – Will Hoge and Eric Paslay

Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You” – Dave Barnes

Dierks Bentley, “Home” – Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson and Brett Beavers

Miranda Lambert, “Over You” – Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton

Eric Church, “Springsteen” – Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell

Single of the Year (Awarded to artist and producer)

Jason Aldean, “Dirt Road Anthem” – Produced by Michael Knox

Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You” – Produced by Scott Hendricks

Dierks Bentley, “Home” – Produced by Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten

Little Big Town, “Pontoon” – Produced by Jay Joyce

Eric Church, “Springsteen” – Produced by Jay Joyce

Musical Event of the Year

“Dixie Highway,” Alan Jackson and Zac Brown Band

“Feel Like a Rock Star,” Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” Willie Nelson featuring Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson

“Safe and Sound,” Taylor Swift featuring the Civil Wars

“Stuck on You,” Lionel Richie and Darius Rucker

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to artist and director)

Eric Church, “Springsteen” – Directed by Peter Zavadil

Kenny Chesney, “Come Over” – Directed by Shaun Silva

Miranda Lambert, “Over You” – Directed by Trey Fanjoy

Little Big Town, “Pontoon” – Directed by Declan Whitebloom

Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup” – Directed by Michael Salomon

Musician of the Year

Sam Bush
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
Mac McAnally


Posted by on September 5, 2012 in News and Events


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

4 responses to “2012 CMA Nominations

  1. Lynn

    September 6, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    My thoughts:

    – EOTY: The set of nominees is what I expected it to be, except I wasn’t sure before if they’ll include Taylor Swift this year as she has been inactive. I could argue for Tim McGraw, but the 5 nominees are all deserving IMO.

    – Male vocalist: Surprised but happy that Keith Urban made the final 5 nominees. I’m hoping that his exclusion from this category will make Brad Paisley work hard to put out some great music. Now if they nominated Chris Young instead of Blake Shelton I would have been happier lol. Ben, can you please explain to me the love for all things Blake Shelton?

    – Female vocalist: Wow. Do we really have a shortage for female country singers that they have to import one from pop? lol. I love Kelly Clarkson, but I think this is undeserved, and I worry that this will have negative publicity against her. Her love for the genre is obvious, as her ties to the community, but this nomination is too much. I find it troubling that they deem it okay to nominate artist who has released one country remix over other female country artists.

    – Album: The Lady A nomination is the only one I object to on this category. Lame album, and noticeably so when you compare their album against the 4 albums nominated along with it.

    – Song/Single: I’m just too relieved that there’s no song with truck on the title on these 2 categories lol. Meh at God Gave Me You nomination.

  2. Wil

    September 6, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    First let me say I am glad that Brad was left out of the Male Vocalist category. Also the additions of more current artists like Luke Bryan and Eric Church were a welcome change to the group. However, when I read that Kelly Clarkson was nominated for Female Vocalist, I was a bit surprised. Sure she had a remix of Mr. Know-It-All that hit #20, but I think a more true country artist like Sara Evans or Jana Kramer would have been a better choice.
    The biggest shock for me came in the Vocal Group of the Year category. Rascal Flatts was omitted from contention this year despite their radio and personal success. They did manage two large hits, “Easy,” and “Banjo in the eligability period and were inducted to the Opry, not to mention their touring success, but were still snubed. I would much rather remove Little Big Town or the Eli Young Band. I also did not think that “Dirt Road Anthem” should have been held in contention this year for single of the year. It was up for song last year. When does this song’s award show eligability end?
    Finally, I’m glad the New Artist Category is cleaned up this year. It has only one returning nominee (the concept that an artist can be nominated twice still bothers me), along with three somewhat new acts. Lee Brice had nominations for Love Like Crazy so I’m not why he’s up for it either, but nonetheless a good category. Overall, the nominees this year are, for lack of better words, pretty good.

  3. Nick

    September 8, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Where is George Strait? Here for a Good Time was a solid album, had a #2 and #3 song. Also Drinking Man was a great song.

    How about Chris Young too, Neon is a solid album and he has had some good success lately


    September 11, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    I’m disappointed that Keith Urban’s song FOR YOU was not nominated in any of the song categories! It’s a beautiful song and Keith’s voice is awesome! And it was a song written especially for a movie. I much prefer Keith’s FY instead of DB’s HOME. So glad Keith was in the MV nominations! Looks like Tim should have been in the EOTY category. Chesney sure didn’t fill all those seats without the help of Tim. I’d rather see anyone of the noms for entertainer get it instead of Taylor. So tired of this girl.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: