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CMA Awards: Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves top nominees

Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves lead the nominations for the 47th annual CMA Awards.

Story highlights

  • Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves lead the CMA Awards nominations
  • Each singer/songwriter has six nods
  • This is Musgraves first time being nominated for the CMA Awards
  • The ceremony will air live on ABC November 6

Kacey Musgraves may be a first-time CMA Awards nominee, but she has more than enough nods to make up for any lost time.

The 25-year-old country singer, who released her debut album, "Same Trailer Different Park," in March, leads the pack of this year's CMA nominees along with country-pop queen bee Taylor Swift. Both singer/songwriters boast six nods a piece for the 47th annual ceremony.

Musgraves will compete for album of the year, single of the year, female vocalist of the year and new artist of the year. She's also nominated twice in the song of the year category, which recognizes the songwriters.

Swift, meanwhile, will vie for the album of the year honor with her chart-topping "Red" in addition to female vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year. Her work with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban on "Highway Don't Care" snagged the 23-year-old recognition in the single of the year, song of the year and musical event of the year categories as well.

For the entertainer of the year title, Swift will face-off with last year's winner, Blake Shelton, who earned five nominations this time around. His wife, Miranda Lambert, earned three along with another two with her group Pistol Annies.

The 47th annual CMA Awards will again be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood (it's the sixth time, for those counting) and will air live from Nashville on ABC, November 6.

    Check out the list of nominees for "Country Music's Biggest Night" below:

    Entertainer of the year

    Jason Aldean

    Luke Bryan

    Blake Shelton

    George Strait

    Taylor Swift

    Female vocalist of the year

    Kelly Clarkson

    Miranda Lambert

    Kacey Musgraves

    Taylor Swift

    Carrie Underwood

    Male vocalist of the year

    Jason Aldean

    Luke Bryan

    Eric Church

    Blake Shelton

    Keith Urban

    New artist of the year

    Lee Brice

    Brett Eldredge

    Florida Georgia Line

    Kip Moore

    Kacey Musgraves

    Vocal group of the year

    Eli Young Band

    Lady Antebellum

    Little Big Town

    The Band Perry

    Zac Brown Band

    Vocal duo of the year

    Big & Rich

    Florida Georgia Line

    Love and Theft


    The Civil Wars

    Thompson Square

    Album of the year

    "Based on a True Story," Blake Shelton

    "Blown Away," Carrie Underwood

    "Red," Taylor Swift

    "Same Trailer Different Park," Kacey Musgraves

    "Tornado," Little Big Town

    Song of the year

    "I Drive Your Truck," Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, and Jimmy Yeary

    "Mama's Broken Heart," Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves

    "Merry Go 'Round," Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally

    "Pontoon," Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Barry Dean

    "Wagon Wheel," Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor

    Single of the year

    "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line

    "Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

    "Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert

    "Merry Go 'Round," Kacey Musgraves

    "Wagon Wheel," Darius Rucker

    Musical event of the year

    "Boys 'Round Here," Blake Shelton (featuring Pistol Annies)

    "Cruise," Florida Georgia Line (with Nelly)

    "Don't Rush," Kelly Clarkson (featuring Vince Gill)

    "Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw (with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban)

    "The Only Way I Know," Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church

    Musician of the year

    Sam Bush (mandolin)

    Paul Franklin (steel guitar)

    Dann Huff (guitar)

    Brent Mason (guitar)

    Mac McAnally (guitar)

    Music video of the year

    "Blown Away," Carrie Underwood

    "Boys 'Round Here," Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies

    "Downtown," Lady Antebellum

    "Highway Don't Care," Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

    "Mama's Broken Heart," Miranda Lambert

    "Tornado," Little Big Town