Brad Paisley and Keith Urban each picked up an additional nomination Thursday (Sept. 10) after organizers of the 43rd annual CMA Awards discovered their recording of “Start a Band” was omitted from one of the categories.
“Start a Band” was listed in the music video category when the CMA nominations were announced Wednesday (Sept. 9) in New York and Nashville, but the collaboration was not included among the musical event of the year nominees. CMA executives say the omission occurred when transferring information from the online ballot to the list of final nominees.
“We take the integrity of the CMA Awards balloting very seriously,” said CMA CEO Tammy Genovese. “And when an oversight like this occurs, we commit ourselves to a thorough review, thoughtful and immediate correction and complete disclosure and accountability to the artists and our industry. I can assure CMA’s valued constituents that we have examined every detail of the ballot for other discrepancies, and all other categories were correct as announced.”
Paisley had already claimed six nominations — the most for any artist — for the Nov. 11 awards show, but Thursday’s correction pushes his number to seven. Urban is now the only artist claiming five nominations.
In addition to the musical event and music video nominations, Paisley and Urban are each nominated in the male vocalist, album and entertainer of the year categories. Paisley is also nominated in the single and song of the year categories for “Then.”
The other musical event of the year nominees are “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” (Brooks & Dunn/Reba McEntire), “Down the Road” (Kenny Chesney/Mac McAnally), “Everything but Quits” (Lee Ann Womack/George Strait), “I Told You So” (Carrie Underwood/Randy Travis) and “Old Enough” (the Raconteurs/Ricky Skaggs/Ashley Monroe).