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2021 CMA Nominations: Chris Stapleton, Eric Church and Gabby Barrett lead the list of nominees


Nominations for the 2021 CMA awards have been announced, with Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Gabby Barrett leading the list of nominees. Church — the reigning entertainer of the year — and Stapleton are both up for the same five awards: entertainer male vocalist, album, single and song of the year. Barrett is up for new artist, female vocalist, single and song of the year. (single and song awards are for “The Good Ones.”) In addition, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris and Chris Young all earned 3 nominations each.

CMA CEO Sarah Trahern in a press release: “This year, we have the opportunity to honor the superstars, new artists and emerging creators who are paving the way for Country Music. 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 55th annual CMA Awards will air Wednesday, Nov. 10, live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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