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CMA Awards: Eric Church, Chris Stapleton lead 2021 nominees

Eric Church is nominated for five awards at the Country Music Association Awards. File Photo by Ian Halperin/UPI
Eric Church is nominated for five awards at the Country Music Association Awards. File Photo by Ian Halperin/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 9 (UPI) -- The Country Music Association has announced the nominees for its 2021 CMA Awards.

Eric Church and Chris Stapleton lead the field with five nominations each: Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

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Gabby Barrett follows with four nominations: Female Vocalist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Song of the Year. Mixing engineer Jason Hall and producer Jay Joyce also received four nominations each.

Other nominees include Kane Brown, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Brothers Osborne, Luke Combs and Chris Young.

"This year, we have the opportunity to honor the superstars, new artists and emerging creators who are paving the way for Country Music," CMA CEO Sarah Trahern said in a statement. "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!"

The CMA Awards will air Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.

The 2021 CMA Awards nominees include:

Entertainer of the Year

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Miranda Lambert

Chris Stapleton

Carrie Underwood

Female Vocalist of the Year

Gabby Barrett

Miranda Lambert

Ashley McBryde

Maren Morris

Carly Pearce

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Single of the Year

"Famous Friends" - Chris Young with Kane Brown

"The Good Ones" - Gabby Barrett

"Hell of a View" - Eric Church

"One Night Standards" - Ashley McBryde

"Starting Over" - Chris Stapleton

Album of the Year

29 - Carly Pearce

Dangerous: The Double Album - Morgan Wallen

Heart - Eric Church

Skeletons - Brothers Osbourne

Starting Over - Chris Stapleton

Song of the Year

"Forever After All" - Luke Combs

"The Good Ones" - Gabby Barrett

"Hell of a View" - Eric Church

"One Night Standards" - Ashley McBryde

"Starting Over" - Chris Stapleton

Here's the full list of nominees.

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