Country Music People October 2017 - Page 5

CMA nominations Main pic: Dustin Lynch who failed to get a nod despite five successive Airplay #1s. Below: Little Big Town nominated for Vocal Group and Music Video for Better Man. The Country Music Association’s roster of potential award winners was especially surprising for the lack of recognition shown such hitmakers as Jason Aldean (ACM’s current Entertainer of the Year), Blake Shelton (whose ex garnered five this year, to his zero) and Dustin Lynch, who despite five successive #1 discs on the Country Airplay Chart, suffered the embarrassment of announcing CMA nominees on national TV, but didn’t rate a nod, unlike co-hosts Lauren Alaina and the Osborne Brothers. “We have six first-time nominees (such as Lauren Alaina, who turns 23 on the awards date),” says Sarah Trahern, CEO, citing diversity in nominees for the 51st annual awards gala, including non-country names Pink, Rhiannon Giddens and Taylor Swift. “Then you have people (like Reba and Willie) who have been nominated for tons of years. We want to honour and mold all of this into an amazing three-hour show, Nov. 8.” So here are the 2017 CMA nominations: Honours... Entertainer of the Year - Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban; Female Singer: Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood; Male: Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban; Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band; Vocal Duo: Brothers Osborne, Dan+Shay, Florida Georgia Line, LoCASH and Maddie & Tae; New Artist: Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Brett Young; Album: Jason Isbell’s Nashville Sound; Lady Antebellum’s Heart Break; Miranda Lambert’s Weight Of These Wings; Little Big Town’s The Breaker; and Chris Stapleton’s From a Room, Volume 1; A triple threat talent, Lyman C. “Mac” Single: Sam Hunt, Body Like a Back Road; Miranda Lambert, Tin Man; Little Big Town, Better Man; Jon Pardi, Dirt On My Boots; and Keith Urban, Blue Ain’t Your Color; Song (writers): Better Man, Taylor Swift; Blue Ain’t Your Color, Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen; Body Like A Back Road, Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne; Dirt On My Boots, Rhett Akins, Jesse Erasure, Ashley Gorley; Tin Man, Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall; Musician: Jerry Douglas, Dobro; Paul Franklin, steel guitar; Dann Huff, guitar; Mac McAnally, guitar; and Derek Wells, guitar; Best Event: Craving You, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris; Funny How Time Slips Away, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson; Kill A Word, Eric Church, Rhiannon Giddens; Setting The World On Fire, Kenny Chesney, Pink; and Speak To A Girl, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw; Music Video (artists, directors): Better Man, Little Big Town, Becky Fluke, Reid Long; Blue Ain’t Your Color, Keith Urban, Carter Smith; Craving You, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, T.K. McKamy; It Ain’t My Fault, Brothers Osborne, Wes Edwards, Ryan Silver; and Vice, Miranda Lambert and Trey Fanjoy. shared vocals with Kenny Chesney on Down The McAnally, Jr., became the latest Nashville Cat in Road (#1, 2008). Now 60, he’s won CMA’s best Little Big Town was further honoured Sept. 14, the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s Sept. musician eight times and is nominated again this with a star on the Music City Walk of Fame along 9 program series, performing and interviewing with year; was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters’ with posthumous stars for 19th century riverboat series host Bill Lloyd. Mac’s earned his spurs Hall of Fame in 2007; and produced such acts as captain Tom Ryman and Lula Neff, who for four as songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sawyer Brown and Restless Heart. Other #1’s he decades booked shows into Nashville’s famed (guitar, mandolin, piano), and had his first Top 20 crafted include Shenandoah’s Two Dozen Roses Ryman Auditorium, named in honor of Capt. Tom. single Back Where I Come From in 1990, and and Alabama’s Old Flame. OCTOBER 2017 - cmp 5