Country’s biggest stars are reacting to yesterday’s announcement of the 47th Annual CMA Awards nominees. Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves lead the way, scoring six nominations each. Taylor is up for Album of the Year for Red as well as Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year for Tim McGraw‘s “Highway Don’t Care” (also featuring Keith Urban).
Taylor expressed her excitement over the news via Twitter. “6 CMA NOMINATIONS!!!!!! ALBUM AND ENTERTAINER!!! What an excellent way to start the day. Thank you, guys. And thank you CMA.” she tweeted.
Kacey Musgraves is a first-time nominee and is up for Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year. She scored Album of the Year nods as both an artist and producer for Same Trailer Different Park and is nominated twice in the Song of the Year category, an award for songwriters, for her hit “Merry Go ‘Round” and Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s “Broken Heart.”
“My first single, “Merry Go ‘Round” went to radio exactly a year ago today,” Kacey said. “That perspective is really mind-blowing. I’m honestly so humbled right now thinking about this past year and how greatly country music has embraced that song and me. The love I’m feeling from these nominations is something that I could have never expected and I couldn’t be more thankful and overwhelmed in this moment.”
Newcomers Florida Georgia Line, who helped announce the nominees, landed four nominations. They are up for New Artist and Vocal Duo of the Year, while their smash hit “Cruise” is nominated for Single of the Year. “Cruise (Remix),” featuring rapper Nelly, is also up for Musical Event of the Year.
“We are blown away!!! This morning is off to a great start!! #cmaawards,” the duo wrote on Facebook, later adding “Wow!!! Today has been amazing. Just found out about 2 more CMA Nominations. #humbled.”
Miranda Lambert scored three nominations, up for Female Vocalist of the Year and Single and Video of the year for “Mama’s Broken Heart.” Miranda also scored two nominations as part of Pistol Annies in the Musical Event and Video of the year categories for “Boys ‘Round Here” with Blake Shelton.
“I’m so thankful for my CMA noms,” she wrote on Twitter. “Can’t even express how much it means to me to be a part of country music. It’s my passion and my life!”
Little Big Town was mid-flight when they heard about their three nominations, including Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year for Tornado and Music Video of the Year for “Tornado.”
“On a plane back to Nashville, just heard the INCREDIBLE news about our #CMA nominations!!! This plane’s about to be a big ‘ol party!!!” they tweeted from the air.
Lady Antebellum found themselves with two nominations, including Vocal Group of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Downtown.” “So awesome to hear of the #CMAawards nominations this morning. Thank y’all so much! #downtown,” they tweeted.
The band’s Charles Kelley later expressed another round of excitement and congratulated Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves, who join them on their Take Me Downtown Tour later this year. “So excited to have a couple CMA nominations,” he wrote, “and how about our opening acts Kip and Kacey with huge nominations, we know how to pick em.”
Kip Moore is gracious for his first-ever CMA nomination in the New Artist of the Year category. “It’s been a long road,” he said. “I think back on the thousands of hours of songwriting and hundreds of thousands of miles we’ve logged on the road. I wouldn’t trade any of that for the quick and easy route. I’ve learned so much, and I’m truly honored to be up for the CMA’s ‘New Artist Of The Year’ Award.”
Brett Eldredge is also a first-time nominee, up for New Artist of the Year. “I just woke up to a ton of texts that said ‘Congrats!’ I thought that they were telling me how awesome I slept,” he said. “Turns out I was nominated for ‘New Artist of the Year.’ What!? Wow! Thank you CMA!”
The Band Perry was thrilled to learn they are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year. “Country music is our lives,” they said in a statement. “We put everything we have into making and delivering our music to our fans, and we are grateful for the recognition from the Country Music Association and our peers in the Country Music community for embracing us once again.”
George Strait became the most nominated artist in CMA history. His Entertainer of the Year nod gives him 82 total nominations. He was last nominated in the category in 2009 and won the award in 1989 and 1990.
“To be here and still being a part of the business and nominated for awards and current and everything, it’s just unbelievable,” he said. “And I’m enjoying every bit of it, and I’m gonna keep on doing it for as long as I can.”
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the CMA Awards, which will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, November 8 at 8/7c. But before the show starts, you can watch all of the LIVE CMA Red Carpet action exclusively on GAC at 7/6c!