It really wouldn’t be a country music awards show of any kind if Taylor Swift didn’t nab a slew of nominations. On Tuesday (September 6), the CMA released their list of nominees for this year, and, of course, Swift got a whole bunch, along with Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and “The Voice” judge Blake Shelton.
That elite four received five nominations each and will face off against one another, and Keith Urban, in the night’s big category for Entertainer of the Year.
While Urban didn’t make the Album of the Year cut, the other four did with Shelton getting props for All About Tonight, Aldean for My Kinda Party, Swift for Speak Now, Paisley for This Is Country Music, as well as the Zac Brown Band for You Get What You Give. Swift is the only woman up for Entertainer of the year, as well as Album of the Year.
Swift has some stiff competition in the Female Vocalist category, where Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert and Martina McBride are also nominated. Swift’s “Mean” is also up for Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year.
The Band Perry, who seem poised for the type of crossover success Swift and Underwood have received in past years, are up for four awards, including Music Video of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year for “If I Die Young,” as well as Vocal Group of the Year.
The show will be hosted for the fourth year by nominees Paisley and Underwood and is set to take place on Wednesday, November 9 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and air live at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.