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BMI Country Music Leaders Poised to Sweep 2012 CMA Awards

Majority of Nominations Go to BMI Songwriters as Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton Top Roll Call of Year’s Best

Posted in News on September 7, 2012
Pictured: Eric Church
Pictured: Eric Church

BMI’s country music songwriters and producers clinched the overwhelming majority of the 46th Annual CMA Awards nominations, announced September 5. In almost every category, four out of five of the nominees are BMI members, such as the Entertainer of the Year field, in which Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift won nods, and the Song of the Year contenders, 80% of which written or co-written by BMI writers. BMI members also swept some categories, such as Male Vocalist of the Year, in which Aldean, Shelton, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Keith Urban will compete for the prize.

With five nominations, Eric Church leads the overall list of nominees, followed closely by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, who each earned four.

The 2012 CMA Awards will be co-hosted for the fifth time by Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Thursday, Nov. 1.

For an in-depth look at the 2012 CMA nominations, read Chuck Dauphin’s report for Billboard.

46th Annual CMA Awards
BMI Nominees

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

New Artist of the Year
Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the Year
Big & Rich
Sugarland
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

Single of the Year
“Dirt Road Anthem”
Jason Aldean

“God Gave Me You”
Blake Shelton
Produced by Scott Hendricks

“Home”
Produced by Brett Beavers

“Pontoon”
Little Big Town
Produced by Jay Joyce

“Springsteen”
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce

Album of the Year
Chief
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce

For the Record
Miranda Lambert

Home
Produced by Brett Beavers and Jon Randall Stewart

Tailgates and Tanlines
Luke Bryan
Produced by Jeff Stevens

Song of the Year
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”
Written by Will Hoge

“Home”
Co-written by Brett Beavers

“Over You”
Written by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton

“Springsteen”
Written by Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde

Musical Event of the Year
“Dixie Highway”
Featuring Zac Brown

“Feel Like a Rockstar”
Kenny Chesney (duet with Tim McGraw)

“Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”
Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson

“Safe and Sound”
Taylor Swift (featuring The Civil Wars)

Music Video of the Year
“Come Over”
Kenny Chesney

“Over You”
Miranda Lambert

“Pontoon”
Little Big Town

“Red Solo Cup”
Toby Keith

“Springsteen”
Eric Church

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush, mandolin
Brent Mason, guitar
Mac McAnally, guitar

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