Eric Church and Chris Stapleton Lead CMA Awards With 5 Nominations Apiece

by Josh Lanier
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Eric Church and Chris Stapleton both scored 5 nominations for the 55th annual CMAs set for Nov. 10 in Nashville. Church will have a chance to defend his crown as reigning Entertainer of the Year, but he’ll have some stiff competition. He’ll have to get past Stapleton. Both are up for the same awards: Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and Single of the Year.

Stapleton and Church dominated country music airwaves and streams this year. Stapleton was a critical darling for his LP Starting Over and song of the same name. And fans loved Church’s single “Hell Of A View.” And not to mention his ‘Heart & Soul’ albums. So, it’s fitting that they received the most nominations out of all other country music stars.

This gives Church 30 nominations in his career and 26 for Stapleton. But winning those awards won’t be easy. This year’s competition is stacked with some of the biggest names in the genre.

Gabby Barrett was second with four nominations. She’s up for New Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, and Song of the Year for “The Good Ones.”

The 55th annual CMAs will air on Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. from Nashville on ABC. Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini will host. For a full list of nominees visit the CMAs website.

Other Notable Nominees for This Year’s CMA Awards

Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Brothers Osbourne, Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde, and Maren Morris are up for three awards each.

Luke Combs is up for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Forever After All. These bring his career total nominations to 12 and 5 wins.

Miranda Lambert, who now has a whopping 55 nominations of her illustrious career, is up for Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Musical Event of the Year for her song “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).”

Brothers Osbourne are up for their 7th consecutive Vocal Duo of the Year award. But they have a chance at some new hardware in November. The band is up for Album of the Year, Music Video of the Year for “Younger Me.”

Kane Brown scored big with his hit “Famous Friends.” The song is up for Single of the Year, Musical Event of the Year, and Music Video of the Year. They are the first CMA nominations of his career.

Ashley McBryde joins the crowded field for Single of the Year and Song of the Year for her track “One Night Standards.” This gives her seven nominations for her career.

Maren Morris has earned 21 nominations in her career after his batch of nods from the CMA Awards. She’s up for Female Vocalist of the Year, Musical Event of the Year, and Music Video of the Year for “Chasing After You.”

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