NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves are the top nominees for the Country Music Association Awards, signaling something of a left turn for the usually traditional organization.
Swift will be going for her third entertainer of the year award and was nominated for album and female vocalist of the year as well for the Nov. 6 awards in Nashville. Newcomer Musgraves also is up for awards in the album and female vocalist categories.
Reigning entertainer of the year Blake Shelton is next with five nominations. His wife, Miranda Lambert, also has five nominations — three solo and two with her trio Pistol Annies. And Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line have four apiece.
Shelton and Swift are up for top honor entertainer of the year with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and surprise nominee George Strait, a two-time winner in the category who’s being feted by CMA voters as he retires from touring.
The nominations were announced Tuesday morning in New York on Good Morning America and in a later news conference by Sheryl Crow and FGL.
Swift’s load of nominations isn’t that surprising. She’s now up to 21 career CMA nominations and has two entertainer of the year awards among her seven wins, tying her with Barbara Mandrell as the lead female winner of the association’s top honor.
Musgraves’ rapid ascendance, though, comes as something of a shock. This is the first year the talented, left-of-center newcomer has been nominated, and the number of trophies she and Swift are up for signals something of an admission that the once deeply conservative format is opening up to new sounds and ideas in the 21st Century.
Folk duo The Civil Wars, officially on hiatus, earned a nomination for vocal duo of the year. Rapper Nelly is up for musical event on his “Cruise” mashup with Florida Georgia Line. And pop star and recent Nashville transplant Kelly Clarkson returns as female vocalist nominee.
It should also be noted Swift and Urban wouldn’t be among lead nominees without a little help from Tim McGraw. Each got three nominations apiece for their collaboration on McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care” — single, musical event and video of the year.
Carrie Underwood, McGraw, Aldean, Bryan and Little Big Town are up for three awards apiece. In another sign he’s arrived, Bryan was nominated for entertainer of the year for the first time, five months after winning the same award from the rival Academy of Country Music.
Underwood’s Blown Away, Shelton’s Based on a True Story and Little Big Town’s Tornado are up for album of the year with Swift’s Red and Musgraves’ Same Trailer.
Be sure to vote for Taylor every day for ACM Entertainer of the Year! You can vote HERE.
Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw are to duet during the Academy of Country Music Awards.
The country music giants will share the stage to sing their hit ‘Highway Don’t Care’, with American Idol’s Keith Urban also joining them on guitar.
Sunday’s ACM Awards will also feature a collaboration between the gala’s co-hosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryant as well as Brad Paisley on ‘Boys Round Here’.
Shelton is also expected to be joined during the show-opening performance by Miranda Lambert’s group Pistol Annies and Sheryl Crow, reports ET Online.
A third all-star duet will feature Stevie Wonder playing with Hunter Hayes, who is up for ‘Single Record of the Year’, ‘Video of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ for ‘Wanted’.
Previously announced performers are Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Erich Church and Little Big Town.
Country music legends Garth Brooks and George Strait are also expected to share the stage together to pay tribute to the late Dick Clark.
The 2013 ACM Awards will air from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7 at 8/7c on CBS.
Taylor has been nominated for six World Music Awards. The award show is at Marlins Park Stadium in Miami, Florida on December 22. You can vote for her here! Please be sure to keep voting! Her categories are: World’s Best Song (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”), World’s Best Album (Red), World’s Best Video (“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”), World’s Best Female Artist, World’s Best Entertainer of the Year, World’s Best Live Act.
I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. As you know, Taylor attended and performed at the GRAMMY Nominations Live Concert on Wednesday. The pictures have been uploaded to the gallery. As always, she looks stunning. Enjoy the pictures.
December 5th – The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live – Inside
Congratulations to Taylor who has been nominated for the following People’s Choice Awards:
1. Favourite Female Artist
2. Favourite Country Artist
3. Favourite Song (We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together)
Be sure to vote for the Taylor HERE. Winners will be revealed at the awards night on January 9th, 2013.
The MTV EMA’s have now finished, and Taylor won three of the five categories she was nominated for! She won in the following categories: Best Female, Best Live, and Best Look! She also performed “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” during the show. Congratulatons Taylor! I’ve added some HQ images to the gallery, and I’ll keep adding as they come in. I’ve also posted some videos below so check them out.
Lana Del Ray presenting Taylor with ‘Best Female’ Award.
Red Carpet Interview
According to E!Online, here is the 2012 CMA Awards Best & Worst: Taylor Swift Kennedy Jokes, Brad & Carrie, Winners & More
The 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards was the usual blend of all-star concert event, glitzy red-carpet affair and tight-knit family potluck.
Hosted yet again by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley (or Ma and Pa of the CMAs, at this point), the Nashville-based country music kudosfest was jam-packed with tunes and good vibes from start to finish.
But while there were plenty of laughs, it’s not like three hours could go by without some awkward moments. We’re taking the liberty of chronicling the most memorable bits, for better or worse, in addition to offering up the complete list of winners, as they’re announced. Here’s what’s goin’ down:
Country-Strong Opening Act: As he launched into “The Only Way I Know,” Jason Aldean kicked off the show by dedicating the 2012 CMA Awards to New York, New Jersey and “all our friends on the East Coast” affected by the massive storm that battered the area this week. And because the only thing better than one country superstar jamming is more of the same, he was promptly joined onstage by current heartthrobs Luke Bryan and Eric Church, the latter the night’s leading nominee, with five.
Most Awkward Monologue Joke: While discussing all the big sports trades (Tim Tebow to the Jets, Peyton Manning to the Broncos, etc.) Paisley joked that the biggest shuffle was the Kennedy family trading Arnold Schwarzenegger for Taylor Swift. “What?! Why don’t I ever hear about thes things? I’m the last one to know!” protested a mock-mortified Paisley after Underwood informed him that Swift and Conor Kennedy had broken up. Cue the too-long play on “We Are Never, Ever Getting Back Together.”
Biggest Missed Opportunity: The camera didn’t pan to Swift to see her reaction! Boo!
Most Laborious Joke: The hosts assembled a bunch of hot nurses and a rather elderly doctor to “induce” Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, whose first child is due in about three weeks. No one feared for Nettles’ safety, but…it was a little creepy.
Most Emotional Moment: Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton shared the songwriters’ Song of the Year honor for “Over You.” “I lost my brother in a car wreck when I was 14 years old and, later in life, when I decided I wanted to be a country singer, my dad always told me, ‘Son, you should write a song about your brother,’” Shelton said as Lambert teared up beside him. “I lost my dad in January and it’s so amazing to to me that, tonight, even after he’s gone, he’s still right! I just needed the right person to write this song with, and the right person to sing it.” He said, turning to his wife, “I love you so much, baby.”
Most Randomly Charming Moment: Paisley picking the theme song to The Andy Griffith Show on his guitar in tribute to the late actor, who died this year.
Bestest Best of the Night: The music, as always! From Aldean, Church and Bryan’s opening number to Miranda Lambert’s fiery “Fastest Girl in Town” to Zac Brown Band’s tearjerker rendition of “I Saw Goodbye in Her Eyes” to the Band Perry’s foot-stomping “Better Dig Two,” it’s hard to beat a country show for consistency of performance quality throughout.
So far, here’s the complete list of winners from the 46th Annual CMA Awards:
Entertainer of the Year:
Album of the Year: Chief, Eric Church
Female Vocalist of the Year:
Male Vocalist of the Year:
Vocal Group of the Year:
Single of the Year: “Pontoon,” Little Big Town
Song of the Year: “Over You,” Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert (songwriters)
Musical Event of the Year: “Feel Like a Rock Star,” Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally
Music Video of the Year: “Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith
New Artist of the Year:
Taylor is nominated for three CMA awards this year! She posted this on her facebook today:
Taylor is nominated for three CMA Awards this year including Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Musical Event of the Year (“Safe & Sound” w/ The Civil Wars)!
Here’s an article about the rest of the nominations:
Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean were nominated Wednesday for the Country Music Assn.’s top honor as entertainer of the year, an award to be handed out Nov. 1 at the 46th CMA Awards ceremony in Nashville.
But relative newcomer Eric Church, who received his first nomination last year, scored the most nominations this year with five, largely for his musical homage to rock star Bruce Springsteen: his song “Springsteen” is up for single, song and video of the year. His third CD, “Chief,” also is nominated for album of the year, and he’s up for male vocalist along with Shelton, Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan.
Church’s song isn’t the only nomination tied to figures from outside country music. Rapper Snoop Lion (a.k.a. Snoop Dogg) snagged a musical event nomination for his guest appearance on Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” along with Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson. And 1970s and ’80s R&B-pop kingpin Lionel Richie is up for consideration in the same category, with former Hootie & the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker, for their remake of Richie’s hit “Stuck on You.”
Shelton and his wife, singer Miranda Lambert, tallied four nominations apiece. Aldean, Swift, Chesney, Little Big Town and Dierks Bentley got three each.
Chesney has taken the entertainer of the year trophy four times previously, tying him with Garth Brooks for the most wins in the category since the awards began in 1967. Swift has collected it twice and Paisley once; Aldean and Shelton are hoping to make it their first. Swift was the youngest performer ever to win the award when she nabbed it in 2009, at age 19.
The female vocalist nominees are Carrie Underwood, Swift, Lambert, Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride. Underwood once again will co-host the ceremony with Paisley.
In the running for song of the year are “Over You,” written by Lambert and Shelton; Bentley’s hit “Home,” written with Dan Wilson and Brett Beavers; “God Gave Me You,” sung by Shelton and written by Dave Barnes; Church’s “Springsteen,” written with Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde; and Will Hoge’s “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” which he wrote with Eric Paslay.
Album of the year nominees along with Church’s “Chief” are Lambert’s “Four the Record”; Bryan’s “Tailgates and Tanlines”; Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night”; and Bentley’s “Home.”
Contenders in the vocal group category are Lady Antebellum, which has taken the award three years running; Little Big Town; the Zac Brown Band; the Eli Young Band; and the Band Perry.
Update at 9:57 a.m.: “I really don’t know what to say,” Church, 35, said Wednesday. “I’m still a little bit in shock. I think it’s a testament to fans who believe in the music, who love the music and told people about the music, because we don’t have the track record to be the most-nominated artist…. I think it’s truly because of the fans, because they did something that is going to be judged as pretty unique and pretty special.”
Congratulations to Taylor! She’s recieved three 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards nominations. Taylor has been nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Music Video of the Year for “Mean” – Good luck to Taylor from Ihearttaylor.net