The nominees for the 2018 CMA Awards were announced on August 28, and while Chris Stapleton and his beard lead the pack in terms of quantity (a total of five nods), plenty of Georgia natives are also in the running for various awards.
Two well-established Georgia boys – Luke Bryan (pictured) and Jason Aldean – are nominated for Entertainer of the Year. The former just opened a new restaurant in downtown Nashville, Luke’s 32 Bridge Food & Drink, which was in fact the setting for the CMA nominations announcement.
Aldean’s hit with Miranda Lambert, “Drowns the Whiskey,” also received nominations for Single of the Year and Song of the Year. Cedartown native Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” is up for Song of the Year as well. Florida Georgia Line are in a familiar spot with their nomination for Vocal Duo of the Year, while “Meant to Be,” their cross-genre smash with Bebe Rexha, is in the running for Single of the Year and Musical Event of the Year. Sugarland are also up for Vocal Duo of the Year, while their Taylor Swift collaboration “Babe” is nominated for Music Video of the Year. Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett’s “Marry Me” is likewise up for Music Video of the Year, with his LP Life Changes nominated for Album of the Year. Lady Antebellum – featuring Augusta natives Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood – are nominated for Vocal Group of the Year, while Rossville, Georgia native Lauren Alaina is in the running for New Artist of the Year.
The 52nd Annual CMA Awards will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 14, broadcast live on ABC beginning at 8 p.m.