Countdown to the CMA Awards

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dierks bentleyWhen Dierks Bentley readied the release of his seventh album earlier this year, he led with the single “Bourbon in Kentucky.”

But he quickly had to switch up his plans.

“I had to pull it because it was too heavy, too dark,” he said in a recent interview. “It wasn’t working in the radio world.”

He decided to release “I Hold On,” a personal tune that became a hit. “Drunk on a Plane” followed and marked back-to-back successes for the 38-year-old Bentley.

Now, he’s the leading male nominee at Wednesday’s Country Music Association Awards with five nominations, including album of the year for “Riser,” song of the year for “I Hold On” and single of the year for “Drunk.” The latter song won music video of the year when the CMAs announced early winners Wednesday on “Good Morning America.”

“I wasn’t even totally thinking about that or focusing on that at all, so that was like a really cool icing on the cake,” he said of his nominations, which also includes male vocalist of the year. “So it’s been a really good year. A year I feel like we’ve worked hard to get toward. Hard work doesn’t really necessarily translate into success in my business.”

mirandaHis competition is tough: Miranda Lambert has nine nominations, nearly double for Bentley, who is second.

Lambert is nominated for the top honor, entertainer of the year, and is the only female in the category. She will battle last year’s winner, George Strait, as well as Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and husband Blake Shelton.

Lambert’s album “Platinum” is nominated for album of the year, while her single “Automatic” will compete for both single and song of the year. She was also an early winner for musical event of the year for “We Were Us” with Urban.

She’ll perform twice during the show, which will air live Wednesday, November 5, on ABC (8 p.m. EST) from the Bridgestone Area in Nashville.

“I did a four-and-a-half-hour fitting yesterday, so that was the process,” Lambert said. “I have like five changes during the show, so it will be a little bit of a crazy night.”

Bryan, who has three nominations, will also perform. His album “Crash My Party” was released more than a year ago, but is currently in the Top 40 on Billboard’s 200 albums chart, and has sold more than 2.1 million copies. It will compete for album of the year, along with Eric Church’s “The Outsiders,” Urban’s “Fuse” and efforts from Lambert and Bentley.

Both Lambert and Shelton, who has three nominations, will be going for their fifth consecutive wins in the female and male vocalist of the year categories.

Lambert, 30, will perform with “All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor. Ariana Grande will join Little Big Town, while Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes will perform with the Doobie Brothers.

Kenny Chesney, Church, Kacey Musgraves and Tim McGraw will also perform. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, who are returning for their seventh year as hosts, will also take the stage.

Jimmy Kimmel will also have hosting duties: “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will broadcast via hologram to a live audience at the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. A performance by Florida Georgia Line will also be sent by hologram to Hollywood.

Presenters at the 2014 CMAs include Garth Brooks, Tim Tebow, Steven Tyler, Connie Britton, Darius Rucker, Trisha Yearwood and Lucy Hale.

Logo for "The 48th Annual CMA Awards"

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban
Luke Bryan
Miranda Lambert

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

“Automatic”
Miranda Lambert
Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf
RCA Nashville

“Drunk On A Plane”
Dierks Bentley
Produced by Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
Capitol Records Nashville

“Give Me Back My Hometown”
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
EMI Records Nashville

“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill
Produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw
Big Machine

“Mine Would Be You”
Blake Shelton
Produced by Scott Hendricks
Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))

Crash My Party
Luke Bryan
Produced by Jeff Stevens
Capitol Records Nashville

Fuse
Keith Urban
Produced by Benny Blanco, Nathan Chapman, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Mike Elizondo, Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Stargate, Keith Urban, and Butch Walker
Capitol Records Nashville

Platinum
Miranda Lambert
Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf
RCA Nashville

Riser
Dierks Bentley
Produced by Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
Capitol Records Nashville

The Outsiders
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
EMI Records Nashville

SONG OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to Songwriter(s))

“Automatic”
Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, and Miranda Lambert

“Follow Your Arrow”
Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, and Shane McAnally

“Give Me Back My Hometown”
Eric Church and Luke Laird

“I Don’t Dance”
Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Dallas Davidson

“I Hold On”
Brett James and Dierks Bentley

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Carrie Underwood

Kacey Musgraves

Martina McBride

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Blake Shelton

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Keith Urban

Luke Bryan

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Love and Theft

The Swon Brothers

Thompson Square

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

(Award goes to each artist)

“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill
Big Machine

“Somethin’ Bad”
Miranda Lambert Duet with Carrie Underwood
RCA Nashville

“We Were Us”
Keith Urban feat. Miranda Lambert
Capital Records Nashville

“You Can’t Make Old Friends”
Kenny Rogers Duet with Dolly Parton
Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville

“Bakersfield”
Vince Gill and Paul Franklin
Mercury Nashville

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

Dann Huff (Guitar)

Jerry Douglas (Dobro)

Mac McAnally (Guitar)

Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)

Sam Bush (Mandolin)

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“Automatic”
Miranda Lambert
Directed by Trey Fanjoy

“Bartender”
Lady Antebellum
Directed by Shane Drake

“Drunk On A Plane”
Dierks Bentley
Directed by Wes Edwards

“Follow Your Arrow”
Kacey Musgraves
Directed by Kacey Musgraves and Honey

“Somethin’ Bad”
Miranda Lambert Duet with Carrie Underwood
Directed by Trey Fanjoy

“Tornado”
Little Big Town
Directed by Shane Drake

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Brandy Clark

Brett Eldredge

Cole Swindell

Kip Moore

Thomas Rhett

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