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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Carrie Underwood accepts the award for Female Vocalist of the Year onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Well, it’s improvement, so… we’ll take it. 

It’s been 3 years since a woman was nominated for the Country Music Association’s highly coveted, Entertainer of the Year Award… but we’re baaack! The award nominations were announced earlier today and a virtual collective sigh of relief could be heard across the country. Carrie Underwood was the last female nominated in this category, and she’s back again this year! All is a little better with the world today.

Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks
Eric Church
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

There were also a couple of nods in the New Artist of the Year Category…

New Artist of the Year

Cody Johnson
Carly Pearce
Ashley McBryde
Morgan Wallen

And look at this, 2 women being nominated for Album of the Year!

Album of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Producer(s))

Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett
Cry Pretty, Carrie Underwood
Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay
Desperate Man, Eric Church
Girl, Maren Morris

Apparently 2 is the limit for the female gender this year, however.

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriter(s))

“Beautiful Crazy,” Luke Combs
“Girl,” Maren Morris
“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
“Rainbow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Tequila,” Dan + Shay

Sadly, for Single of the Year, only one represented female artist. Thank God for Maren Morris!

Single of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s), Producer(s) and Mix Engineer(s))

“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne
“Girl,” Maren Morris
“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
“Millionaire,” Chris Stapleton
“Speechless,” Dan + Shay

Here are the rest of the nominations:

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae


Musical Event of the Year

Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne, “All My Favorite People”
Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs, “Brand New Man”
Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton, “Dive Bar”
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus, “Old Town Road (Remix)”
Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell, “What Happens in a Small Town”

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist(s) and Director(s))

“Burning Man,” Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne
“Girl,” Maren Morris
“God’s Country,” Blake Shelton
“Rainbow,” Kacey Musgraves
“Some of It,” Eric Church

Musician of the Year

Jenee Fleenor
Paul Franklin
Mac McAnally
Ilya Toshinsky
Derek Wells

(Not so) Fun fact: More women will be hosting this year, than are nominated in any category (with the exception of Female Vocalist of the Year, of course)

The 2019 CMA Awards will air Nov. 13 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena; the ceremony will be broadcast live on ABC beginning at 8PM ET. This year there’s a change-up in the hosting duties. Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton will do the honors, and the CMA will be celebrating country music’s legendary females.

Watch Reba and Carrie in this Opry moment, singing McEntire’s legendary, “Does He Love You.”

Reba McEntire & Carrie Underwood - "Does He Love You" | Live at the Grand Ole Opry | Opry

Reba McEntire performs "Does He Love You" during her 40th Opry debut anniversary on September 22, 2017. During the performance, Carrie Underwood surprises the audience by joining Reba at center stage to finish the duet. Reba originally released "Does He Love You" in 1993 featuring Linda Davis.


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