Thursday, September 9, 2021

And The 2021 CMA Awards Radio Nominees Are:

The Country Music Association has revealed the nominees for “The 55th Annual CMA Awards,” with Eric Church and Chris Stapleton topping the list at five nominations. 
  • The 55th annual Country Music Association Awards will take place on Nov. 10

Other top nominees include Gabby Barrett along with mix engineer Jason Hall and producer Jay Joyce each with four nominations, while Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Combs,  Miranda Lambert,  Ashley McBryde,  Maren Morris  and  Chris Young  secure three nominations each. Combs, Lambert and Carrie Underwood all return alongside Church and Stapleton  with  nominations in the Entertainer of the Year category, the night’s highest honor. Don’t miss “The 55th Annual CMA Awards” LIVE from Nashville Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00 – 11:00 PM/EST) on ABC. 


Weekly National  

  • “American Country Countdown” (Kix Brooks) – Westwood One 
  • “Country Countdown USA” (Lon Helton) – Westwood One 
  • “Country Gold” (Terri Clark) – Westwood One 
  • “The Crook & Chase Countdown” (Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase) – iHeartMedia 
  • “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence” (Tracy Lawrence and Patrick Thomas) – Compass Media Networks 

Daily National  

  • “The Big D and Bubba Show” (Derek Haskins, Sean Powell, Patrick Thomas and Carsen Humphreville) – Compass Media Networks 
  • “The Bobby Bones Show” (Bobby Bones, Amy Brown, “Lunchbox” Dan Chappell, Eddie Garcia, “Morgan #2” Huelsman, “Raymundo” Ray Slater, “Scuba Steve” Stephen Spradlin, “Mike D” Rodriguez and “Utility Hillary” Borden) – Premiere Networks 
  • “CMT After Midnite” (Cody Alan) – Premiere Networks 
  • “The Lia Show” (Lia Knight) – Westwood One 
  • “The Music Row Happy Hour” (Buzz Brainard and Ania Hammar) – Sirius XM Satellite Radio 

Major Market 

  • “Angie Ward” – WUBL, Atlanta, Ga.  
  • “Double-L” (Lois Lewis) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.  
  • “Hawkeye in the Morning with Hawkeye and Michelle” (“Hawkeye” Mark Louis Rybczyk and Michelle Rodriguez) – KSCS, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas 
  • “The Morning Bull: George, Mo & Cowboy Dave” (George Lindsey, “Mo” Monica Lunsford and “Cowboy Dave” Bayless) – KILT, Houston, Texas 
  • “Tampa Bay’s Morning Krewe with J.R., Launa and Kevin” (“J.R.” Jon Jaus, Launa Phillips and Kevin Ebel) – WQYK, Tampa Bay, Fla. 

Large Market 

  • “Jesse Tack” – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio 
  • “Jim, Deb & Kevin” (Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt and Kevin Freeman) – WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.  
  • “Lexi & Banks” (“Lexi” Elena Abatgis and “Banks” Jared Danielson) – KUBL, Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah 
  • “Ridder, Scott and Shannen” (“Ridder” Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin, and Shannen Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis. 
  • “The Wayne D Show” (“Wayne D” Danielson and Taylor Rosenberg) – WSIX, Nashville, Tenn. 

Medium Market 

  • “Brent Michaels” – KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.  
  • “Ellis and Bradley Show” (Bill Ellis and Beth Bradley) – WSSL, Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C. 
  • “Julie and DJ in the Morning” (“Julie K” Kansy and “D.J. Thee Trucker” Dale Sellers) – WPCV, Lakeland-Winter Haven, Fla. 
  • “Mo & StyckMan” (“Mo” Melissa Wagner and “StyckMan” Greg Owens) – WUSY, Chattanooga, Tenn. 
  • “Steve & Gina In The Morning” (Steve Lundy and Gina Melton) – KXKT, Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa 

Small Market 

  • “Barrett, Fox & Berry” (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox and Tracy Berry) – KKNU, Eugene-Springfield, Ore. 
  • “Dr. Shane and Tess in the Morning” (Shane Collins and Tess Connell) – WPAP, Panama City, Fla.  
  • “KTTS Morning Show with Nancy & Rick” (Nancy Simpson and Rick Moore) – KTTS, Springfield, Mo. 
  • “Liz & Scotty in the Morning” (Liz Del Grosso and Scotty Cox) – KCLR, Columbia, Mo. 
  • “Steve, Ben and Nikki” (Steve Stroud, Ben Walker and Nikki Thomas) – WXBQ, Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va. 

Major Market 

  • KNIX – Phoenix, Ariz. 
  • KNUC – Seattle-Tacoma, Wash. 
  • KYGO – Denver-Boulder, Colo.  
  • WNSH – New York City, N.Y.  
  • WXTU – Philadelphia, Pa.  
  • WYCD – Detroit, Mich.  

Large Market 

  • WFMS – Indianapolis, Ind. 
  • WMIL – Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.  
  • WQDR – Raleigh-Durham, N.C. 
  • WSIX – Nashville, Tenn. 
  • WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio 

Medium Market 

  • KATM – Modesto, Calif.  
  • KXKT – Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa 
  • KUZZ – Bakersfield, Calif. 
  • WQMX – Akron, Ohio 
  • WXCY – Wilmington, Del. 

Small Market 

  • KCLR – Columbia, Mo. 
  • KTTS – Springfield, Mo. 
  • WBYT – South Bend, Ind. 
  • WXBQ – Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va. 
  • WXFL – Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala. 
  • WYCT – Pensacola, Fla. 

First-time CMA Awards nominees include Brown, Dave Cohen, Corey Crowder, Jordan Davis, Paul DiGiovanni, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett, Aaron Eshuis, Chris Galland, Mickey Guyton, Charlie Handsome, Nicolette Hayford, Ryan Hurd, Martin Johnson, Emily Landis, Manny Marroquin, Jim McCormick, Sean Moffitt, Travis Nicholson, Drew Parker, Ed Pryor, Teddy Reimer, Running Bear and Aaron Sterling. 

“This year, we have the opportunity to honor the superstars, new artists and emerging creators who are paving the way for Country Music,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “These nominees exemplify the creativity, passion and heart that make our Country Music community unlike any other genre. The breadth of voices is evident in this year’s nominations, and we could not be more thrilled to celebrate our deserving nominees in November!”  

ERIC CHURCH – FIVE NOMINATIONS  Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (Heart), Single of the Year (“Hell Of A View”), Song of the Year (“Hell Of A View”) 

CHRIS STAPLETON – FIVE NOMINATIONS  Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (Starting Over), Single of the Year (“Starting Over”), Song of the Year (“Starting Over”) 



  • Eric Church  
  • Luke Combs   
  • Miranda Lambert    
  • Chris Stapleton  
  • Carrie Underwood   

SINGLE OF THE YEAR Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s) 

  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown  Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young  Mix Engineer: Sean Moffitt 
  • “The Good Ones” – Gabby Barrett  Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale  Mix Engineers: Chris Galland, Manny Marroquin 
  • “Hell Of A View” – Eric Church  Producer: Jay Joyce  Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce   
  • “One Night Standards” – Ashley McBryde  Producer: Jay Joyce  Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce   
  • “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton  Mix Engineer: Vance Powell 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR   Award goes to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s) 

  • 29 – Carly Pearce Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Jimmy Robbins  Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore  
  • Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen  Producers: Dave Cohen, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome and Joey Moi  Mix Engineer: Joey Moi  
  • Heart – Eric Church  Producer: Jay Joyce  Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce 
  • Skeletons – Brothers Osborne  Producer: Jay Joyce   Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce 
  • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton  Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton   Mix Engineer: Vance Powell 

SONG OF THE YEAR  Award goes to Songwriter(s)  

  • “Forever After All”   Songwriters: Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Robert Williford  
  • “The Good Ones”   Songwriters: Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick 
  • “Hell Of A View”   Songwriters: Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Monty Criswell  
  • “One Night Standards”   Songwriters: Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde 
  • “Starting Over”   Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton  


  • Gabby Barrett 
  • Miranda Lambert    
  • Ashley McBryde   
  • Maren Morris   
  • Carly Pearce  


  • Dierks Bentley 
  • Eric Church    
  • Luke Combs   
  • Thomas Rhett   
  • Chris Stapleton   


  • Lady A  
  • Little Big Town   
  • Midland   
  • Old Dominion    
  • Zac Brown Band 


  • Brooks & Dunn   
  • Brothers Osborne   
  • Dan + Shay    
  • Florida Georgia Line   
  • Maddie & Tae 

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR   Award goes to Artist(s) and Producer(s)  

  • “Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan  Producer: Paul DiGiovanni  
  • “Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris  Producers: Aaron Eshuis, Teddy Reimer 
  • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – Elle King & Miranda Lambert  Producer: Martin Johnson  
  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown  Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young 
  • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)  Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins 


  • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle  
  • Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar  
  • Aaron Sterling, Drums  
  • Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo  
  • Derek Wells, Guitar  

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR  Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s)  

  • “Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris Director: TK McKamy  
  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown  Director: Peter Zavadil  
  • “Gone” – Dierks Bentley Directors: Wes Edwards, Travis Nicholson, Ed Pryor, Running Bear, Sam Siske 
  • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)  Director: Patrick Tracy  
  • “Younger Me” – Brothers Osborne Director: Reid Long  


  • Jimmie Allen   
  • Ingrid Andress   
  • Gabby Barrett   
  • Mickey Guyton 
  • HARDY 

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