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Oklahoma artists dominate CMA nominations

November 5, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 05--Oklahomans are taking over the Country Music Association Awards. Again.

Checotah native Carrie Underwood is sharing hosting duties again this year with Brad Paisley, at least one Oklahoman is nominated in nearly each category and many will perform during the show, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday on ABC, channel 8.

For Underwood and Paisley, each nominees this year as well, it's their sixth year with hosting duties.

But many Oklahoma eyes will again be on Oklahoma power country music couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert. They are both nominated again for male and female vocalist of the year, an award they have won the past three years.

The last female vocalist to win the trophy four years in a row was Oklahoman Reba McEntire from 1984 to 1987. The last male to win the award more than three years in a row was another Okie: Vince Gill. He won every year from 1991 to 1995.

Half of the women nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year have Oklahoma ties: Lambert, Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, who recently married Brandon Blackstock, stepson of McEntire.

Also, half of the artists nominated for Music Video of the Year have Oklahoma ties: Underwood for "Blown Away," Shelton and the Pistol Annies for "Boys 'Round Here" and Lambert for "Mama's Broken Heart."

Shelton is also looking to repeat on Entertainer of the Year, which he won last year. He has stiff competition again this year, with country music powerhouses George Strait and Taylor Swift also nominated along with fast rising stars Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, who was named Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music last year.

Shelton and Underwood are both nominated for the Album of the Year prize. Shelton's "Based on a True Story..." and Underwood's "Blown Away" have each performed well commercially and been received well critically. Again, competition is stiff with Taylor Swift's "Red," Kacey Musgraves' "Same Trailer Different Park," and Little Big Town's "Tornado" also nominated.

Performances

Seeing if your favorite country star takes the top prizes in the industry is one reason to tune in, but the performances are the reason to stay. And this year's show promises to be spectacular.

Music award shows, especially those centered around a single genre, allow for monster collaborations on stage from artists across the industry. Award show organizers this year were sure to take full advantage of that.

The performance to set the DVR for is Taylor Swift, who is set to perform with country and bluegrass legends Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer and Eric Darken.

It's an impressive lineup to perform with Swift, who is also being honored with the CMA's Pinnacle Award, given to an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in country music. Only one other person has received the award: Oklahoma's Garth Brooks.

Another collaborative performance is planned to honor Kenny Rogers, who is receiving this year's Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Artists set to perform to honor Rogers include Jennifer Nettles, Rascal Flatts (with band member Oklahoman Joe Don Rooney) and Darius Rucker.

George Jones will also be honored at the ceremony by George Strait and Alan Jackson. Jones was one of the most prolific and influential early country music artists. He died in April.

But why limit it to just country performers? This year's show will feature rocker Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters performing with the Zac Brown Band and pop singer/songwriter Jason Mraz performing with Hunter Hayes.

Lambert, Shelton and Underwood are also slated to perform during the show.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Blake Shelton*

George Strait

Taylor Swift

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Kelly Clarkson*

Miranda Lambert*

Kacey Musgraves

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood*

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Blake Shelton*

Keith Urban

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

"Based on a True Story," Blake Shelton*

"Blown Away," Carrie Underwood*

"Red," Taylor Swift

"Same Trailer Different Park," Kacey Musgraves

"Tornado," Little Big Town

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

"Cruise," Florida Georgia Line

"Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

"Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert*

"Merry Go Round," Kacey Musgraves

"Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker

SONG OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Songwriter(s))

"I Drive Your Truck," Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary

"Mama's Broken Heart," Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves

"Merry Go 'Round," Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally

"Pontoon," Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Barry Dean

"Wagon Wheel," Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Big & Rich

Florida Georgia Line

Love and Theft

Sugarland

The Civil Wars

Thompson Square*

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to each artist)

"Boys 'Round Here"

Blake Shelton--(featuring Pistol Annies)

"Cruise"

Florida Georgia Line (with Nelly)

"Don't Rush"

Kelly Clarkson (featuring Vince Gill)*

"Highway Don't Care"

Tim McGraw (with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban)

"The Only Way I Know"

Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

"Blown Away," Carrie Underwood*

"Boys 'Round Here," Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies*

"Downtown," Lady Antebellum

"Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

"Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert*

"Tornado," Little Big Town

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Brent Mason, guitar

Dann Huff, guitar

Mac McAnally, guitar

Paul Franklin, steel guitar

Sam Bush, mandolin

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Brett Eldridge

Florida Georgia Line

Kacey Musgraves

Kip Moore

Lee Brice

--indicates artist has Oklahoma ties

Jerry Wofford 918-581-8346

jerry.wofford@tulsaworld.com

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