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Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris Lead 2016 CMA Awards Nominations

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Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and Maren Morris have tied for the most nominations at this year’s CMA Awards.

Earlier this morning (Aug. 31), Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Cam came together to announce the surprising list of nominees. Stapleton, who swept the awards in 2015, earned five nominations this year, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year category.

Maren Morris, who exploded onto the charts at the beginning of the year with her lead single “My Church,” also grabbed five nominations, including Album of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

Eric Church’s surprise album Mr. Misunderstood earned him nods for Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Record Year”) and Male Vocalist of the Year.

2016 CMA Awards Nominees:

Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Producers)

Hero, Maren Morris
Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church
Storyteller, Carrie Underwood
Black, Dierks Bentley
Ripcord, Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Eric Church
Tim McGraw
Chris Stapleton
Dierks Bentley
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)

“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
“Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
“My Church,” Maren Morris
“Record Year,” Eric Church
“Burning House,” Cam

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey + Rory
Maddie & Tae

New Artist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Brothers Osborne
Maren Morris
Old Dominion
Cole Swindell

Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Producer)

“Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
“Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
“My Church,” Maren Morris
“Nobody to Blame,” Chris Stapleton
“Record Year,” Eric Church

Musical Event of the Year

“Different for Girls,” Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King
“Home Alone Tonight,” Luke Bryan feat. Karen Fairchild
“The Fighter,” Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood
“Think of You,” Chris Young with Cassadee Pope
“You Are My Sunshine,” Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Director)

“Fire Away,” Chris Stapleton
“Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
“Record Year,” Eric Church
“Somewhere on a Beach,” Dierks Bentley
“Burning House,” Cam

Musician of the Year

Jerry Douglas
Paul Franklin
Dann Huff
Brent Mason
Derek Wells

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Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris Lead 2016 CMA Awards Nominations