2008 CMA Awards nominations were announced today (September 10) on Good Morning America and CMT Insider. Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts announced select categories from the Good Morning America studios, and CMT’s Lance Smith and Katie Cook announced the remaining categories from the Sommet Center in Nashville. Sugarland, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Brad Paisley are nominated for Entertainer of the Year. The 42nd Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from the Sommet Center in Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 12 (8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on ABC.
2008 CMA Awards nominees:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Troubador – George Strait
Carnival Ride – Carrie Underwood
Cowboy Town – Brooks & Dunn
Just Who I Am : Poets & Pirates – Kenny Chesney
Good Time – Alan Jackson
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney
Gunpowder & Lead – Miranda Lambert
I Saw God Today – George Strait
Stay – Sugarland
Your’e Gonna Miss This – Trace Adkins
SONG OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Songwriter and Primary Publisher)
EMI-April Music/Tri-Angels Music
“I Saw God Today”
Rodney Clawson/Monty Criswell/Wade Kirby
Big Red Toe/Extremely Loud Music/Steel Wheels Music/Blind Mule Music
“Letter To Me”
EMI-April Music/New Sea Gayle Music
Jennifer Nettles Publishing
“You’re Gonna Miss This”
Lee Thomas Miller/Ashley Gorley
EMI Blackwood Music/New Songs of Sea Gayle/Noah’s Little Boat Music/Songs of Combustion Music
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
Josh Turner featuring Trisha Yearwood – Another Try
Reba McEntire and Kenny Chesney – Every Other Weekend
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Gone, Gone, Gone
Sugarland featuring Little Big Town and Jake Owen – Life In A Northern Town
Kenny Chesney (duet with George Strait) – Shiftwork
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Director)
Directed by Shaun Silva
Directed by Trey Fanjoy
Directed by Shaun Silva
“Waitin’ On A Woman”
Directed by Jim Shea
“You’re Gonna Miss This”
Directed by Peter Zavadil
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Jerry Douglas – Dobro
Paul Franklin – Steel Guitar
Dann Huff – Guitar
Brent Mason – Guitar
Mac McAnally – Guitar
Watch 2007 CMA Awards Highlights
“Country Music thrives on the talent and creativity of an outstanding group of artists and they are well represented with our nominees,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Tammy Genovese. “These talented performers, musicians, songwriters, producers, and directors demonstrate the artistic depth and creativity of our format and the 2008 CMA Awards will definitely reflect that in November.”
“We look forward to this exciting time of the year when ABC spotlights the best and brightest of today’s Country Music artists and their achievements,” said Vicki Dummer, Senior Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials, and
Late-Night, ABC Entertainment. “Today’s announcement of these exceptional nominees begins our celebration of one of our biggest nights in programming, the CMA Awards.”
“Having both ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘CMT Insider’ broadcast our CMA Awards final nominees live brings an immediate national spotlight to these highly-anticipated announcements and allows fans across the country to
experience the same thrill our artists and the industry feel as the names are read,” Genovese said.
At the conclusion of the announcements, Kenny Chesney led the list of nominees with seven nominations. Chesney, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, was nominated in that category again, as well as Male Vocalist; Album
for Just Who I Am:Poets & Pirates; Single for “Don’t Blink”; two Musical Event nominations, one with Reba McEntire for “Every Other Weekend” and one with George Strait for “Shiftwork”; and Music Video of the Year for “Don’t Blink,”
which was directed by Shaun Silva. Chesney could receive two additional trophies for producing his Album and Single with Buddy Cannon.
Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland collected six nominations—five for Sugarland and a solo nod for writing “Stay,” which was nominated for Song of the Year. The duo’s five nominations include Entertainer, their first nomination in this coveted category; Single for “Stay”; Vocal Duo, which they won for the first time in 2007; Musical Event for “Life in a Northern Town” with Little Big Town and Jake Owen; and Music Video of the Year for “Stay,”
also directed by Silva. Nettles and Kristian Bush may also receive a second trophy for producing “Stay” with Byron Gallimore.
Strait also received five nominations including Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album for Troubadour; Single for “I Saw God Today”; and Musical Event of the Year with Chesney on “Shiftwork.” Strait could also receive two additional trophies for producing his Single and Album with Tony Brown. Other nominees benefiting from Strait’s windfall are songwriters Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby who were nominated for Song of the Year for “I Saw God Today.”
Strait now has 75 career CMA Awards nominations, trailing only Alan Jackson, who has 79 with this year’s nominations for Male Vocalist; Album for Good Time, which was produced by Keith Stegall; Song for “Good Time,” written by Jackson; and Music Video of the Year for “Good Time,” directed by Trey Fanjoy.
Brad Paisley also received four nominations this year including Entertainer; Male Vocalist, which he won in 2007; Song for “Letter To Me,” written by Paisley; and Music Video
of the Year for “Waitin’ On A Woman,” directed by Jim Shea.
Keith Urban rounds out the list of Entertainer of the Year nominees. Urban is also nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year. He won the category in 2005.
After winning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in 2006 and 2007, Carrie Underwood is back in 2008 with two nominations for Female Vocalist, and Album of the Year for Carnival Ride, produced by Mark Bright.
Alison Krauss is also nominated for Female Vocalist, as well as Musical Event for her performance with first-time CMA Awards nominee Robert Plant on “Gone, Gone, Gone.” Miranda Lambert is nominated for Female Vocalist for the
second year and is also nominated for Single of the Year for “Gunpowder & Lead,” produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke.
Completing the Female Vocalist of the Year category are reigning Horizon Award winner Taylor Swift, making her debut in the category, and Martina McBride. McBride has won the category four times (1999, 2002-2004). She is
currently tied with Reba McEntire (1984-1987) for the most Female Vocalist wins in CMA Awards history—even surpassing Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette’s previous records.
With McEntire’s nomination for Musical Event of the Year with Chesney she retains her position as the female artist with the highest number of nominations in the 42-year history of the CMA Awards with 46.
It’s been more than 30 years since their last CMA Awards nomination for Vocal Group of the Year (1976, 1977), but the Eagles are back in the category in 2008. A new addition to the category this year is Lady Antebellum, who are
also nominated for New Artist of the Year. Rascal Flatts has swept the Vocal Group of the Year category the past five years and is nominated in that category again in 2008. Rounding out the groups are Emerson Drive, their
second year in the category, and Little Big Town, who are also nominated for Musical Event of the Year with Sugarland and Jake Owen.
An artist may only be nominated for the New Artist of the Year Award (formerly Horizon Award) two times and this year there are a mix of new hopefuls with Lady Antebellum and James Otto, joining two-time nominees Jason
Aldean, Rodney Atkins, and Kellie Pickler.
Brooks & Dunn hold the title of most career CMA Awards wins with 19. They may increase that total by two this year with nominations for Vocal Duo, which they have won a record-setting 14 times, and Album of the Year for Cowboy
Town, produced by Tony Brown, Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks.
Trace Adkins also received two nominations this year for the poignant “You’re Gonna Miss This,” which was nominated for Single and Music Video of the Year. The No. 1 hit was also nominated for Song of the Year for songwriters Ashley Gorley and Lee Thomas Miller.
The 2007 CMA Awards, held in Nashville during November Sweeps (Nov. 7), ranked behind only the Academy Awards and Grammy Awards during the 2007-2008 season for awards shows among total viewers. With “The 41st Annual CMA Awards,” ABC won Monday evening in both total viewers (16 million) and adults 18-49 (5.4/13). According to Nielsen, research estimates that 34.6 million viewers watched all or part of the ceremony.
The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was the first trade organization formed to promote an individual genre of music in 1958.
The first “CMA Awards Banquet and Show” was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC Television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The show aired on NBC through 1971, and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005.
Winners of “The 42nd Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.
source: Country Music Association
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