Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Gabby Barrett Lead Nominations List at 2021 CMA Awards

Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Gabby Barrett Lead Nominations List at 2021 CMA Awards

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Country’s biggest night is almost here!

The Country Music Association Awards are just two months away — and the nominations have been announced! Led by Eric Church and Chris Stapleton, this year’s awards show is scheduled for Nov. 10.

Church — the reigning entertainer of the year — and Stapleton, 43, are both up for the same five awards: entertainer male vocalist, album, single and song of the year.

Following closely behind with the most nods is Gabby Barrett who is up for new artist, female vocalist, single and song of the year. (Both single and song awards are for her hit “The Good Ones.”) Also up for four awards are mix engineer Jason Hall and producer Jay Joyce.

With three nods are Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris and Chris Young.

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“This year, we have the opportunity to honor the superstars, new artists and emerging creators who are paving the way for Country Music,” said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern in a press release. “These nominees exemplify the creativity, passion and heart that make our Country Music community unlike any other genre. The breadth of voices is evident in this year’s nominations, and we could not be more thrilled to celebrate our deserving nominees in November!” 

© Jason Davis/Getty; Shannon Finney/Getty; John Shearer/ACMA2020/Getty Church — last year’s entertainer of the year — is nominated for the highly coveted award alongside Stapleton, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood

In the coveted entertainer of the year category are Carrie Underwood, Combs, Lambert, Stapleton and Church. (If either Lambert or Underwood take home the prize, they’d become the first woman in 10 years to take home the prize after Taylor Swift did in 2011.)

Notably returning to the CMA nominations list this year is Morgan Wallen for album of the year for his Dangerous: The Double Album after being barred from the ACM Awards earlier this year for using a racial slur.

Here’s the full list of nominations:


  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs  
  • Miranda Lambert   
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Carrie Underwood  


  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown 

    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young 

    Mix Engineer: Sean Moffitt

  • “The Good Ones” – Gabby Barrett 

    Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale

    Mix Engineers: Chris Galland, Manny Marroquin

  • “Hell Of A View” – Eric Church 

    Producer: Jay Joyce 

    Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce  

  • “One Night Standards” – Ashley McBryde 

    Producer: Jay Joyce 

    Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce  

  • “Starting Over” – Chris Stapleton

    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton 

    Mix Engineer: Vance Powell


  • 29 – Carly Pearce

    Producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Jimmy Robbins 

    Mix Engineer: Ryan Gore 

  • Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen 

    Producers: Dave Cohen, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome and Joey Moi 

    Mix Engineer: Joey Moi 

  • Heart – Eric Church 

    Producer: Jay Joyce

    Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce

  • Skeletons – Brothers Osborne 

    Producer: Jay Joyce 

    Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce

  • Starting Over – Chris Stapleton 

    Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton 

    Mix Engineer: Vance Powell

SONG OF THE YEAR  Award goes to Songwriter(s) 

  • “Forever After All”  

    Songwriters: Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Robert Williford 

  • “The Good Ones”  

    Songwriters: Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick

  • “Hell Of A View”  

    Songwriters: Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Monty Criswell 

  • “One Night Standards”  

    Songwriters: Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde

  • “Starting Over”  

    Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton


  • Gabby Barrett
  • Miranda Lambert   
  • Ashley McBryde  
  • Maren Morris  
  • Carly Pearce


  • Dierks Bentley
  • Eric Church   
  • Luke Combs  
  • Thomas Rhett  
  • Chris Stapleton  


  • Lady A 
  • Little Big Town  
  • Midland  
  • Old Dominion   
  • Zac Brown Band


  • Brooks & Dunn  
  • Brothers Osborne  
  • Dan + Shay   
  • Florida Georgia Line  
  • Maddie & Tae


  • “Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis and Luke Bryan 

    Producer: Paul DiGiovanni 

  • “Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris 

    Producers: Aaron Eshuis, Teddy Reimer

  • “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – Elle King & Miranda Lambert 

    Producer: Martin Johnson 

  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown 

    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young

  • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney) 

    Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins


  • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle 
  • Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar 
  • Aaron Sterling, Drums 
  • Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo 
  • Derek Wells, Guitar 

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR  Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s) 

  • “Chasing After You” – Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris

    Director: TK McKamy 

  • “Famous Friends” – Chris Young with Kane Brown 

    Director: Peter Zavadil 

  • “Gone” – Dierks Bentley

    Directors: Wes Edwards, Travis Nicholson, Ed Pryor, Running Bear, Sam Siske

  • “half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney) 

    Director: Patrick Tracy 

  • “Younger Me” – Brothers Osborne 

    Director: Reid Long 


  • Jimmie Allen  
  • Ingrid Andress  
  • Gabby Barrett  
  • Mickey Guyton

The CMA Awards are set to air on Nov. 10 from Nashville on ABC.

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