“The depth and variety of talent represented by this year’s nominees is outstanding,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “From Country Music legends, to cross-format favorites, to current superstars, and an exciting crop of artists who have jumped to that next level – the 2012 CMA Awards are going to be an exciting evening of entertainment for any fan of great music and memorable performances.”
“The 46th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the fifth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thursday, Nov. 1 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
For the seventh year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with Aldean and Luke Bryan delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. They then dashed to nearby B.B. King Blues Club and Grill to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories during a press conference that was made available across the world via live stream at CMAworld.com.
“It was terrific to be able to announce our nominees for Country Music’s top honor on the world’s biggest stage and be able to share it with the industry and fans,” Moore said.
Church received his first CMA Awards nomination last year for New Artist of the Year. A year later, he tops the list of nominees with five including Male Vocalist; Album for Chief, which was produced by Jay Joyce; Single of the Year for “Springsteen,” also produced by Joyce; Song of the Year for “Springsteen,” written by Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde, a member of Church’s band; and Music Video of the Year for “Springsteen,” directed by Peter Zavadil.
Lambert and Shelton were close behind with four nominations each, including a shared nomination for Song of the Year for “Over You.” Only a handful of married couples have penned Song of the Year nominees including “Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” by Ed and Patsy Bruce (1978), and two songs by Sanger D. “Whitey” Shafer: “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” with his third wife Darlene Shafer in 1985, and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas” with his fourth wife Lyndia Shafer in 1987. Tammy Wynette and George Richey wrote “’Til I Can Make It On My Own” with Billy Sherrill, which was nominated for Song of the Year in 1976, but they did not marry until 1978.
Lambert, the reigning CMA Female Vocalist was also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year for Four The Record, produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf; and Music Video of the Year for “Over You,” directed by Trey Fanjoy.
In addition to Song of the Year, Shelton, the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, picked up nominations for Entertainer of the Year; Male Vocalist of the Year; and Single of the Year for “God Gave Me You,” produced by Scott Hendricks. Popular singer/songwriter Dave Barnes received a Song of the Year nomination for writing “God Gave Me You.”
Aldean holds the current title for CMA Album of the Year for My Kinda Party and Musical Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson. This year, he picked up nominations for Entertainer, Male Vocalist, and Single of the Year for “Dirt Road Anthem,” produced by Michael Knox.
There was no place like Home for Bentley. He received three nominations for Album of the Year for Home, produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart; Single of the Year for “Home,” produced by Beavers and Wooten; and Song of the Year for “Home,” written by Bentley, Beavers, and Dan Wilson, lead singer of Semisonic.
Chesney, who is the reigning CMA Award winner for Music Video of the Year for “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter, picked up three nominations in 2012 for Entertainer of the Year; Musical Event of the Year for “Feel Like A Rock Star” a duet with Tim McGraw; and Music Video of the Year for “Come Over,” directed by Shaun Silva. If Chesney wins Entertainer of the Year, he’ll take the record for the most wins in the category. Chesney is currently tied with Garth Brooks winning the trophy four times in 2004, 2006, 2007, and 2008.
The Final Nominees for “The 46th Annual CMA Awards” (by ballot category order):
Entertainer of the Year
Single of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
“Dirt Road Anthem”- Jason Aldean- Produced by Michael Knox- Broken Bow Records
“God Gave Me You”- Blake Shelton- Produced by Scott Hendricks- Warner Bros. Records
“Home”- Dierks Bentley- Produced by Brett Beavers and Luke Wooten- Capitol Records Nashville
“Pontoon”- Little Big Town- Produced by Jay Joyce- Capitol Records Nashville
“Springsteen”- Eric Church- Produced by Jay Joyce- EMI Records Nashville
Album of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Chief- Eric Church- Produced by Jay Joyce
Four The Record- Miranda Lambert- Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf
Home- Dierks Bentley- Produced by Brett Beavers, Luke Wooten, and Jon Randall Stewart
Own The Night- Lady Antebellum- Produced by Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum
tailgates & tanlines- Luke Bryan- Produced by Jeff Stevens and Mark Bright
Song of the Year
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”- Will Hoge and Eric Paslay
“God Gave Me You”- Dave Barnes
“Home”- Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers, and Dierks Bentley
“Over You”- Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
“Springsteen” - Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell, and Jeff Hyde
Female Vocalist of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Love and Theft
The Civil Wars
Musical Event of the Year
(Award goes to each Artist)
“Dixie Highway”- Alan Jackson featuring Zac Brown
“Feel Like A Rock Star”- Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw)
“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”- Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson
“Safe & Sound”- Taylor Swift (featuring The Civil Wars)
“Stuck On You”- Lionel Richie (with Darius Rucker)
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
(Award goes to Artist and Director)
“Come Over”- Kenny Chesney- Directed by Shaun Silva
“Over You”- Miranda Lambert- Directed by Trey Fanjoy
“Pontoon”- Little Big Town- Directed by Declan Whitebloom
“Red Solo Cup”- Toby Keith- Directed by Michael Salomon
“Springsteen”- Eric Church- Directed by Peter Zavadil
New Artist of the Year
Love and Theft