2015 49th Annual CMA Awards, Nashville

Carrie Underwood | Photo: Daniel Locke/PR Photos
Affair: 49th Annual CMA Awards

When: Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Hot Spot: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

Deets: Some of the top females in Country Music will take to the stage for Country Music’s Biggest Night™ with performances at “The 49th Annual CMA Awards,” airing live Wednesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-11 PM/ET) from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

All eyes will be focused on Country Music on Nov. 4 to see the leading ladies of the format, including Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maddie & Tae, and Kacey Musgraves, along with previously announced host Carrie Underwood, each perform during the three-hour gala. With a combined 14 nominations for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards,” these entertainers are at the top of their games.

“From Miranda Lambert’s explosive debut CMA performance in New York in 2005 to Reba’s performance in that famous red dress that now resides in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the females in our format deliver some of the most dynamic and talked about Awards moments and this year should be no different,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern.

Ballerini received her first nominations in 2015: Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year.

Lambert received her third Entertainer of the Year nomination in 2015 along with nominations for Female Vocalist (she is a five-time, consecutive winner in the category); Musical Event, featuring Little Big Town, for “Smokin’ and Drinkin’”; and Music Video of the Year for “Little Red Wagon,” which was directed by Trey Fanjoy. Lambert is the most awarded female in CMA Awards history with 11 wins and 38 nominations.

Duo Maddie & Tae (Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye) received their first nominations for Vocal Duo of the Year; Music Video of the Year for “Girl in a Country Song,” which was directed by TK McKamy; and New Artist of the Year.

Musgraves, who won New Artist of the Year in 2013 and Song of the Year in 2014, has three nominations this year including Album of the Year for Pageant Material, which she co-produced with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally (Musgraves only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer); Female Vocalist; and Music Video of the Year for “Biscuits,” which was directed by Marc Klasfeld.

CMA previously announced the performance collaborations of Eric Church with iconic Country rocker Hank Williams, Jr. for a world premiere of Williams’ new Nash Icon release “Are You Ready For the Country,” Thomas Rhett collaborating live with Fall Out Boy, as well as performances by critically-acclaimed CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Underwood.

Winners of “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is tabulated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends Tuesday, Oct. 27 (6:00 PM/CT).

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will be back as your favorite hosts!

Full list of nominations:

Album of the Year

“Old Boots, New Dirt,” Jason Aldean
“Pageant Material,” Kacey Musgraves
“Pain Killer,” Little Big Town
“The Big Revival,” Kenny Chesney
“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton

New Artist of the Year

Sam Hunt
Maddie & Tae
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Kelsea Ballerini

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack
Kelsea Ballerini

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Chris Stapleton

Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Single of the Year

“American Kids” Kenny Chesney
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt
“Talladega,” Eric Church

Music Video of the Year

“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Girl In A Country Song,” Maddie & Tae
“Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert
“Something In The Water,” Carrie Underwood

Song of the Year

American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Like A Cowboy,” Randy Houser
“Like A Wrecking Ball,” Eric Church
“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt

Musical Event of the Year

Django and Jimmie, Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban & Eric Church
“Smokin’ And Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town
“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter

Musician of the Year

Sam Bush, Mandolin
Jerry Douglas, Dobro
Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
Dann Huff, Guitar
Mac McAnally, Guitar

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae
Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Who You May Spot: Your favorite country artists, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley

Hint For The Average Socialite: Fan ticket presale for “The 49th Annual CMA Awards” starts Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 10AM CST! Sale ends Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 5PM CST or while tickets last. Use PreSale Code: CMAEXC


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