The 53rd CMA Awards will take place on November 13th at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. This year, Carrie Underwood will host WITHOUT long time co-host Brad Paisley who, one would assume, is too busy co-writing songs with Peyton Manning. It's all about the ladies this year. Carrie will be joined by co-hosts Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. Yesterday, the nominations for this year's awards were announced and according to RollingStone, Maren Morris leads everyone with six nominations.

Here's the story, with the full list of nominees.

Here are some of the major awards, with our early picks:


Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks - Stephanie
Eric Church
Chris Stapleton - Banana Don
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban

Album of the Year
Center Point Road, Thomas Rhett
Cry Pretty, Carrie Underwood
Dan + Shay, Dan + Shay - Banana Don
Desperate Man, Eric Church - Stephanie
Girl, Maren Morris

Song of the Year
“Beautiful Crazy,” recorded by Luke Combs
“Girl,” recorded by Maren Morris
“God’s Country,” recorded by Blake Shelton - Stephanie
“Rainbow,” recorded by Kacey Musgraves - Banana Don
“Tequila,” recorded by Dan + Shay

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Combs - Stephanie
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton - Banana Don
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Maren Morris - Banana Don
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood - Stephanie

New Artist of the Year
Cody Johnson
Ashley McBryde
Carly Pearce
Morgan Wallen - Stephanie AND Banana Don




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