BMI Writers Sweep 2015 CMA Nominations

Posted in News on September 15, 2015

BMI songwriters have once again completely dominated the CMA nominations, with nods across all of the categories. Leading the pack with the most nominations are Eric Church and Little Big Town, each with an astounding five. Church’s nominations include Male Vocalist; Single of the Year for “Talladega”; Song of the Year for “Like A Wrecking Ball,” which he wrote with fellow BMI songwriterCasey Beathard; Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban, who is also a BMI writer; and Church’s first nod for Entertainer of the Year, bringing him a total of 17 nominations since his first nod in 2011 for New Artist of the Year.

Little Big Town, which is a three-time CMA Vocal Group of the Year winner, has been nominated in the category every year since 2006 and received a nomination again this year. Adding to their list of 21 total nominations are also this year’s possible crown for Single of the Year for “Girl Crush”; Album of the Year for Pain Killer; Musical Event of the Year with fellow BMI writer Miranda Lambert for “Smokin’ and Drinkin’”; and Music Video of the Year for “Girl Crush.” “Girl Crush” was also nominated for Song of the Year, and is awarded to the songwriters, which include BMI writers Liz Rose and Lori McKenna.

Other multiple nods go to Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert, who each received four nominations including, for Chesney: Entertainer of the Year (a category which he has won four times); Single of the Year for “American Kids”; Album of the Year for The Big Revival; and Musical Event of the Year for “Wild Child.” Lambert took her third Entertainer of the Year nomination along with nominations for Female Vocalist (for which she is a five-time, consecutive winner); Musical Event, featuring Little Big Town, for “Smokin’ and Drinkin’”; and Music Video of the Year for “Little Red Wagon.” Lambert is the most awarded female in CMA Awards history with 11 wins and 38 nominations.

Here’s the entire list of BMI nominees. Congratulations to all!

Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton

Vocal Group of the Year
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry

Album of the Year
Old Boots, New Dirt, Jason Aldean
Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves
Pain Killer, Little Big Town, produced by Jay Joyce
The Big Revival, Kenny Chesney
Traveler, Chris Stapleton*, produced by Dave Cobb

Single of the Year
“American Kids,” Kenny Chesney
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town, produced by Jay Joyce
“I Don’t Dance,” Lee Brice
“Talladega,” Eric Church, produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.

Song of the Year
“American Kids,” Rodney Clawson with Luke Laird* and Shane McAnally*
“Girl Crush,” Liz Rose and Lori McKenna with Hillary Lindsey*
“Like A Cowboy,” Randy Houser with Brice Long*
“Like A Wrecking Ball,” Eric Church and Casey Beathard

Vocal Duo of the Year
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Thompson Square

Musical Event of the Year
‘Django And Jimmie,’ Willie Nelson And Merle Haggard
“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton f/Ashley Monroe
“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban f/Eric Church
“Smokin’ And Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert f/Little Big Town
“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter*

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush
Jerry Douglas
Mac McAnally

Music Video of the Year
“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town
“Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert
“Something In The Water,” Carrie Underwood

New Artist of the Year
Thomas Rhett

*Not affiliated with BMI


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