CMA Awards: Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves top nominees

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

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  • 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