Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley are among top CMA Award nominees
Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean top the roster of nominees for the 45th Country Music Assn. Awards with five apiece. Right behind them with four nominations each are Kimberly Perry of the Band Perry and Zac Brown Band members Brown and Coy Bowles.
The CMA’s top award -- for entertainer of the year -- will have Swift, Shelton, Paisley and Aldean vying with Keith Urban. Album of the year nominees are Swift’s “Speak Now,” Shelton’s “All About Tonight,” Paisley’s “This Is Country Music,” Zac Brown Band’s “You Get What You Give” and Aldean’s “My Kinda Party.”
The awards will be handed out Nov. 9 in a ceremony that ABC-TV will broadcast from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The show will be hosted for the fourth time by Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
-- Randy Lewis
Photo: Brad Paisley, who will co-host the 45th Country Music Assn. Awards in Nashville in October and is up for five awards, is shown during a 2010 concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times.