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2016 CMA Awards nominees: Which country music stars will win?

50th CMA Awards will be given out Nov. 2
Posted: 10:51 AM, Aug 31, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-31 14:51:24Z

The nominees for the 2016 Country Music Association Awards were announced Wednesday and the list is full of familiar icons and some burgeoning stars.

This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards. The trophies will be handed out on Nov. 2 in Nashville.

See the full list of CMA Awards nominees below.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Garth Brooks

Luke Bryan

Chris Stapleton

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

 

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Tim McGraw

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

 

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

 

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Joey + Rory

Maddie & Tae

 

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Kelsea Ballerini

Brothers Osborne

Maren Morris

Old Dominion

Cole Swindell

 

SONG OF THE YEAR (Awarded to songwriter)

"Burning House" (Cam) — Camaron "Cam" Ochs, Tyler Johnson, Jeff Bhasker

"Die A Happy Man" (Thomas Rhett) — Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, Joe Spargur

"Humble and Kind" (Tim McGraw) — Lori McKenna

"Record Year" (Eric Church) — Eric Church, Jeff Hyde

"My Church" (Maren Morris) — Busbee, Maren Morris

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR (Awarded to performer, producer, engineer)

"Die A Happy Man" (Thomas Rhett) — Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Justin Niebank

"Humble and Kind" (Tim McGraw) — Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw

"My Church" (Maren Morris) — Busbee, Maren Morris, Dave Clauss

"Nobody to Blame" (Chris Stapleton) — Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, Vance Powell

"Record Year" (Eric Church) — Jay Joyce, Jason Hall

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (Awarded to performer, producer)

"Black" (Dierks Bentley) — Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora, Jr.

"Hero" (Maren Morris) — Busbee, Maren Morris, Brad Hill

"Mr. Misunderstood" (Eric Church) — Jay Joyce, Arturo Buenahora, Jr.

"Ripcord" (Keith Urban) — Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Dann Huff, Greg Wells, Nile Rodgers, Busbee, K-Kov, Nathan Chapman, Johnny Price, Keith Urban

"Storyteller" (Carrie Underwood) — Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, Zach Crowell

 

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR (For a performance from artists who don't normally record together)

"Different For Girls" (Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King)

"Home Alone Tonight" (Luke Bryan feat. Karen Fairchild)

"The Fighter" (Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood)

"Think of You" (Chris Young & Cassadee Pope)

"You Are My Sunshine" (Morgane Stapleton & Chris Stapleton)

 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR (Awarded to performer, director)

"Burning House" (Cam) — Trey Fanjoy

"Fire Away" (Chris Stapleton) — Tim Mattia

"Humble and Kind" (Tim McGraw) — Wes Edwards

"Record Year" (Eric Church) — John Peets, Reid Long

"Somewhere On A Beach" (Dierks Bentley) — Wes Edwards

 

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Jerry Douglas

Paul Franklin

Dann Huff

Brent Mason

Derek Wells

 

Clint Davis covers entertainment and trending news topics for the Scripps National Desk. Follow him on Twitter @MrClintDavis.