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2018 CMA Award Nominees Announced

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The 2018 CMA Awards nominees were announced early Tuesday morning (Aug. 28), with Chris Stapleton leading all contenders. Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay and Sugarland were on hand to announce the 2018 CMA Awards nominees which were broadcast live on Good Morning America from Bryan’s new 32 Bridge bar and restaurant venue in downtown Nashville.

Stapleton earned a total of five nominations for the 2018 CMA Awards, including Album, Male Vocalist, Song, Single and Entertainer of the Year. Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban each earned four nominations.

Scott Wynn and Sarah Kay of “Scott & Ssarah in the Morning” on WQMX 94.9FM in Akron were nominated for the Broadcast Personality of the Year (Medium Market).

The 2018 CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 14 on ABC at 8pm (ET). Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are returning to host for the eleventh straight year. CMA Awards nominees —and the eventual winners are determined by more than 7,400 professional members of the Country Music Association including Cleveland Country Magazine Publisher/Editor, Charlie Kriak.

2018 CMA Awards Nominees:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s))
  • “Broken Halos” – Chris Stapleton
    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
    Mix Engineer: Vance Powell
  • “Drinkin’ Problem” – Midland
    Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
    Mix Engineer: Justin Niebank
  • “Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
    Producer: Michael Knox
    Mix Engineer: Jeff Braun
  • “Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
    Producer: Willshire
    Mix Engineer: Serban Ghenea
  • “Tequila” – Dan + Shay
    Producers: Scott Hendricks, Dan Smyers
    Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
  • From A Room: Volume 2 – Chris Stapleton
    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
  • Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves
    Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian, Kacey Musgraves
  • Graffiti U – Keith Urban
    Producers: Keith Urban, Dan McCarroll, J.R. Rotem, Josh Kerr, Jason Evigan, Greg Wells, Benny Blanco, Ed Sheeran, Johnny McDaid, Jesse Shatkin, Jimmy Robbins, Oscar Holter, Matt Rad, Eric Valentine, Ian Kirkpatrick, Mike Elizondo, Captain Cuts, Ross Copperman, Dann Huff, Peter Karlsson
  • Life Changes – Thomas Rhett
    Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett
  • The Mountain – Dierks Bentley
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart, Arturo Buenahora Jr.
SONG OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
  • “Body Like A Back Road”
    Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
  • “Broken Halos”
    Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton
  • “Drowns the Whiskey”
    Songwriter: Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton, Josh Thompson
  • “Drunk Girl”
    Songwriter: Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas, Chris Janson
  • “Tequila”
    Songwriter: Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
  • Lady Antebellum
  • LANCO
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae
  • Sugarland
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to each Artist)
  • “Burning Man” – Dierks Bentley Feat. Brothers Osborne
  • “Dear Hate” – Maren Morris (Feat. Vince Gill)
  • “Drowns the Whiskey” – Jason Aldean (Feat. Miranda Lambert)
  • “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” – David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney)
  • “Meant to Be” – Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
  • Jerry Douglas, Dobro
  • Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
  • Dann Huff, Guitar
  • Mac McAnally, Guitar
  • Derek Wells, Guitar
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Director(s))
  • “Babe” – Sugarland (Featuring Taylor Swift)
    Director: Anthony Mandler
  • “Cry Pretty” – Carrie Underwood
    Director: Randee St. Nicholas
  • “Drunk Girl” – Chris Janson
    Director: Jeff Venable
  • “Marry Me” – Thomas Rhett
    Director: TK McKamy
  • “Tequila” – Dan + Shay
    Director: Patrick Tracy
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Luke Combs
  • Chris Janson
  • Midland
  • Brett Young
“THE 52ND ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” – FINAL NOMINEES FOR BROADCAST PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR (by market size):
NATIONAL
  • “American Country Countdown” (Kix Brooks) – Westwood One
  • “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40” (Bob Kingsley) – Westwood One
  • “Country Countdown USA” (Lon Helton) – Westwood One
  • “The Mayor of Music Row” (Charlie Monk) – Sirius XM Satellite Radio
  • “The Music Row Happy Hour” (Buzz Brainard) – Sirius XM Satellite Radio
MAJOR MARKET
  • “Bud and Broadway” (Bud Ford, Jerry Broadway, Kelly Rebal, “Captain Mac Douglas” Gregory Paul Ford, “T.Wall” Tom Wall, and “Sweet Becca” Walls) – WIL, St. Louis, Mo.
  • “Double-L” (Lois Lewis) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.
  • “Hawkeye in the Morning” (“Hawkeye” Mark Louis Rybczyk, Jasmine Sadry, and “Connected K” Katelyn Maida) – KSCS, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  • “KYGO Morning Show” (Tracy Dixon, Guy David, and Patrick Knight) – KYGO, Denver-Boulder, Colo.
  • “Tim, Ben and Brooke” (Tim Hattrick, Ben Campbell, and Brooke Hoover) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.
LARGE MARKET
  • “Jim, Deb & Kevin” (Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt, and Kevin Freeman) – WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • “Obie & Ashley In The Morning” (Obie Diaz and Ashley Stegbauer) – WWKA, Orlando, Fla.
  • “Q Morning Crew” (Mike Wheless and Janie Carothers) – WQDR, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
  • “The Randy, Jamie, and Jojo Show” (Randy Carroll, Jamie Martin, and Jojo Meza) – KAJA, San Antonio, Texas
  • “Ridder, Scott and Shannen” (“Ridder” Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin, and Shannen Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, WI
MEDIUM MARKET
  • “The 97.5 WPCV Breakfast Club” (Roger Todd, “Julie K.” Kansy, and “D.J. Thee Trucker” Dale Sellers) – WPCV, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla.
  • Brent Michaels – KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.
  • “Ken, Kelley, and Daniel” (Ken Hicks, Kelley Bradshaw, and Daniel Wyatt) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • “The Odd Squad” (Roger Rhodes, Robyn Adair, and Dan Carson) – CKRY, Calgary, Alta.
  • “Scott and Sarah in the Morning” (Scott Wynn and Sarah Kay) – WQMX, Akron, Ohio
SMALL MARKET
  • “Barrett, Fox & Berry” (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry) – KKNU, Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
  • “The Cat Pak Morning Show” (Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton) – WYCT, Pensacola, Fla.
  • “The Eddie Foxx Show” (Eddie Foxx and Sharon Green) – WKSF, Asheville, N.C.
  • “The Good Morning Guys” (Todd Harding, Susan Moore, and Brian Gary) – KUAD, Ft. Collins-Greeley, Colo.
  • “Steve and Jessica Mornings” (Steve Waters and Jessica Cash) – WFLS, Fredericksburg, Va.
“THE 52ND ANNUAL CMA AWARDS” – FINAL NOMINEES FOR RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR (by market size): 
MAJOR MARKET
  • KKBQ– Houston-Galveston, Texas
  • KNIX – Phoenix, Ariz.
  • KUPL – Portland, Ore.
  • WKKT – Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C.
  • WSOC – Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C.
LARGE MARKET
  • KCYY – San Antonio, Texas
  • KUBL – Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
  • WQIK – Jacksonville, Fla.
  • WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • WWKA – Orlando, Fla.
MEDIUM MARKET
  • KUZZ – Bakersfield, Calif.
  • WBBS – Syracuse, N.Y.
  • WHKO – Dayton, Ohio
  • WUSY – Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • WYRK – Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
SMALL MARKET
  • KCLR – Columbia, Mo.
  • KKNU – Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
  • KTTS – Springfield, Mo.
  • WCOW – La Crosse, Wis.
  • WKSF – Asheville, N.C.

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