Miranda Lambert, Luke Combs and Maren Morris Lead 2020 CMA Awards Nods

If the nominations are any indication, the 2020 CMA Awards are sure to be star-studded.

On Tuesday, the first batch of nominees this year were announced live by Luke Combs and Carly Pearce on Good Morning America. The second batch of nominees were announced by Ingrid Andress and Gabby Barrett during a YouTube and Facebook livestream.

Leading the pack this year is Miranda Lambert with seven nominations total, including in the coveted entertainer of the year category. Behind her is fellow entertainer of the year nominee Combs with six nominations.

Following Combs is Maren Morris with five nominations and duo Dan + Shay with four. Justin Bieber notably earned his first CMA Awards nominations in the single of the year, musical event of the year and music video of the year categories for his Dan + Shay collaboration, "10,000 Hours."

For the first time in a decade, two women — Lambert and Carrie Underwood — have been nominated in the entertainer of the year category, which has long been dominated by male artists. The last time two women were nominated for CMA's highest honor in the same year was 2010, when Lambert and Lady A were both among the nominees.

In addition to Lambert, Underwood and Combs, Eric Church and Keith Urban are also up for entertainer of the year. Earlier this summer, reigning winner Garth Brooks announced he wanted his name to be taken permanently out of contention for the award after winning it a record seven times.

"It's time for somebody else to hold that award," Brooks said during a virtual press conference, adding that his last win was "not that fun."

Indeed, his victory created a firestorm on social media, particularly among Underwood's fans, who anticipated her name would cap what was an entire night dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of women in country music. Church's fans were in a similar uproar, also believing that the country superstar was long overdue for the honor.

As he absorbed the backlash after the November awards show, Brooks said, he couldn't shake the sentiment expressed in one of the tweets he read. "It said, 'Hey man, this guy, why doesn't he step down and just [leave] the entertainer for the next generation?'" he recalled.

"I'm very grateful for the time that I've got to go [win]," he said, but now, "somebody else needs to hold that."

See the full list of nominees below:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

  • “10,000 Hours” — Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
  • “Beer Never Broke My Heart” — Luke Combs
  • “Bluebird” — Miranda Lambert
  • “The Bones” — Maren Morris
  • “I Hope” — Gabby Barrett

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

  • Heartache Medication — Jon Pardi Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi
  • Never Will — Ashley McBryde Producers: Jay Joyce, John Peets
  • Old Dominion — Old Dominion
  • What You See Is What You Get — Luke Combs
  • Wildcard — Miranda Lambert

SONG OF THE YEAR

  • “Bluebird” — Songwriters: Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert
  • “The Bones”— Songwriters: Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz
  • “Even Though I'm Leaving” — Songwriters: Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Ray Fulcher
  • “I Hope You're Happy Now” — Songwriters: Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Carly Pearce, Jonathan Singleton
  • “More Hearts Than Mine” — Songwriters: Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, Derrick Southerland

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Eric Church
  • Luke Combs
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Midland
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

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

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

  • “10,000 Hours” — Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
  • “Be A Light” — Thomas Rhett (feat. Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin & Keith Urban)
  • “The Bones” — Maren Morris (with Hozier)
  • “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” — Miranda Lambert (feat. Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes & Caylee Hammack)
  • “I Hope You're Happy Now” — Carly Pearce and Lee Brice

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

  • “10,000 Hours” — Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
  • “Bluebird” — Miranda Lambert
  • “Homemade” — Jake Owen
  • “I Hope You're Happy Now” — Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
  • “Second One To Know” — Chris Stapleton

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jimmie Allen
  • Ingrid Andress
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Carly Pearce
  • Morgan Wallen

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR

  • Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
  • Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
  • Rob McNelley, Guitar
  • Ilya Toshinskiy, Guitar
  • Derek Wells, Guitar

The 54th Annual CMA Awards will air on ABC on a date to be announced.

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