CMA Awards: Chris Stapleton Tops List of 2018 Nominees

Jason Aldean, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Midland Among Other Leading Nominees Announced Monday Morning

As a nominee in five categories including entertainer of the year, Chris Stapleton leads the list of nominees at the 52nd annual CMA Awards. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Midland, Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban follow close behind with three nominations each.

Producer Dan Huff follows Stapleton with four nominations as the producer and musician for recordings by Midland, Urban, Rhett and others.

Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay and Sugarland announced the nominations Monday (Aug. 28) at Bryan’s 32 Bridge Food + Drink restaurant and bar in Nashville.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the 52nd annual CMA Awards live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 14 on ABC.

Here’s a list of the nominees in all musical categories.

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group
Lady Antebellum
LANCO
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion

Vocal Duo
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Sugarland

New Artist
Lauren Alaina
Luke Combs
Chris Janson
Midland
Brett Young

Single of the Year
“Broken Halos,” Chris Stapleton
“Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland
“Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean (featuring Miranda Lambert)
“Meant to Be,” Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay

Album of the Year
From A Room: Volume 2, Chris Stapleton
Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
Graffiti U, Keith Urban
Life Changes, Thomas Rhett
The Mountain, Dierks Bentley

Song of the Year
(Award goes to songwriters)
“Body Like A Back Road” written by Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne
“Broken Halos” written by Mike Henderson amd Chris Stapleton
“Drowns the Whiskey” written by Brandon Kinney, Jeff Middleton and Josh Thompson
“Drunk Girl” written by Scooter Carusoe, Tom Douglas and Chris Janson.
“Tequila” written by Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers

Music Video
“Babe,” Sugarland featuring Taylor Swift
“Cry Pretty,” Carrie Underwood
“Drunk Girl,” Chris Janson
“Marry Me,” Thomas Rhett
“Tequila,” Dan & Shay

Musical Event
“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne
“Dear Hate,” Maren Morris (featuring Vince Gill)
“Drowns the Whiskey,” Jason Aldean (featuring Miranda Lambert)
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” David Lee Murphy (with Kenny Chesney)
“Meant To Be,” Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Musician
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.