Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Kacey Musgraves lead CMA nominations

Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Kacey Musgraves are the top nominees for the 2013 Country Music Association Awards.
Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Sept. 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM   |   0 comments

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Sept. 10 (UPI) -- The Country Music Association Awards announced its nominations Tuesday morning in a news conference with Sheryl Crow and Florida Georgia Line.

Taylor Swift is up for five awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, stacking up to 21 career CMA nominations and seven wins.

Newcomer Kacey Musgraves is also up for five, as is Blake Shelton.

Swift has won the awards' top honor, Entertainer of the Year, twice before. She is the only female nominee in that category for the 2013 CMAs, and is up against Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, George Strait and Luke Bryan.

Strait is beginning his farewell tour this year, and is expected to earn a nod from CMA voters.

Shelton, Aldean and Bryan will also compete for Male Vocalist of the Year, alongside Keith Urban and Eric Church.

Swift will go up against Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert for Female Vocalist of the Year.

The awards will be hosted by Underwood and Brad Paisley and air November 6.

Read the nominees in all 12 categories below.

Entertainer of the Year
Taylor Swift
Jason Aldean
George Strait
Blake Shelton
Luke Bryan

Male Vocalist of the Year
Blake Shelton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Keith Urban
Eric Church

Female Vocalist of the Year
Taylor Swift
Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood
Kacey Musgraves
Kelly Clarkson

Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Thompson Square
Florida Georgia Line
Love and Theft
Sugarland
The Civil Wars

New Artist of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
Lee Brice
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves
Brett Eldredge

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Musical Event of the Year
Florida Georgia Line feat. Nelly, “Cruise”
Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”
Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies, “Boys ‘Round Here”
Kelly Clarkson feat. Vince Gill, “Don’t Rush”
Jason Aldean feat. Luke Bryan and Eric Church, “The Only Way I Know”

Album of the Year
Blake Shelton, Based on a True Story
Carrie Underwood, Blown Away
Taylor Swift, Red
Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer, Different Park
Little Big Town, Tornado

Single of the Year
Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise”
Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”
Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go ‘Round”
Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”

Song of the Year
Lee Brice, “I Drive Your Truck”
Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Kacey Musgraves, “Merry Go ‘Round”
Little Big Town, “Pontoon”
Darius Rucker, “Wagon Wheel”

Music Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”
Blake Shelton feat. Pistol Annies, “Boys ‘Round Here”
Lady Antebellum, “Downtown”
Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, “Highway Don’t Care”
Miranda Lambert, “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Little Big Town, “Tornado”

Musician of the Year
Brent Mason (Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Sam Bush (Mandolin)

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