By CMA Awards
• Special to the Daily Leader
NASHVILLE – It was one for the record books when the final list of nominees for “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” was announced Wednesday with fresh faces layered throughout the field of finalists vying for a coveted crystal trophy on “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.”
“Records were set and the bar has been raised with this exciting group of nominees,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said. “There will be a heightened level of excitement and anticipation for the CMA Awards in November.”
For the fifth year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” Nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert delivered the news from the “Good Morning America” studios in the heart of New York City’s Times Square. Finalists in the other seven categories were announced Tuesday in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium byJustin Moore and first-time nominee Chris Young.
When the final nominations were tallied, Lambert led the list of finalists with nine nominations – the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards. Alan Jackson received 10 nominations in 2002. Prior to that, Merle Haggard held the record with nine in 1970.
Making their CMA Awards debut in the New Artist of the Year category are Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, and Chris Young. Zac Brown Band received its second New Artist of the Year nomination this year. Artists can only be included in this category two times.
“The 44th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the third time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Nomination stuns, excites Niemann
Jerrod Niemann earned his first Country Music Association award nomination (Wednesday) morning, with Niemann among the final CMA nominees for New Artist of the Year.
Niemann’s career has exploded in 2010 with his chart-topping co-produced album, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in its first week of release, as well as the recent No. 1 single success of “Lover, Lover,” now an RIAA-certified Gold Digital Single.
But amid the success and critical acclaim surrounding his music, Niemann admits that the CMA nomination caught him completely off-guard. Jerrod says it’s “just an unbelievable feeling. I got started as a songwriter, so I’ve been in the trenches a long time, and so for everybody to recognize that and give you a pat on the back and say thank you for hangin’ in there – although you had your puppies ran over a couple times,” he joked, in reference to the career disappointments that ultimately helped inspire Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury.
“It’s a huge honor, and I’m very excited and thankful,” Jerrod said.
In just a few days, fans can watch for Jerrod on the road with Gary Allan, together with Jerrod’s longtime buddy Randy Houser, on Allan’s “Get Off on the Pain Tour,” beginning Sept. 16.
Catch all the excitement of The 44th Annual CMA Awards when the show airs live at 8 p.m. ET Nov. 10 from Nashville on ABC Television.