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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
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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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