Stars React To CMA Nominations

Published On September 10, 2015 | By Cheryl Johnstone | Uncategorized

Kenny Chesney earned five CMA Awards nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year for The Big Revival, Single and Song of the Year for “American Kids” and Vocal Event for “Wild Child” with Grace Potter. He said,

“I’m just starting to get the sound of diesel engines out of my ears, and now there’s a whole other kinda roaring in my head. It seems like we just wrapped two incredible nights in Boston, and now this kinda news? It makes me feel like these songs, this music and the No Shoes Nation are just getting started.”

Kelsea Ballerini landed her first ever CMA Awards nominations, earning two nods for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. She said,

“I am still such a new artist and this has really been my first year getting out there to share my music with people. To have been embraced with a #1 single was insane. I still feel like I’m celebrating that, but now to be nominated for two CMA Awards makes me feel so proud to be a country music artist and makes me so incredibly thankful to everyone in the Country music industry, Country radio and the fans for making this year insanely epic. I don’t think it could get any better and I’m excited to sit with the cool kids this year!”

Lee Ann Womack was on her way to her mother’s house in East Texas when news of her CMA Awards nod for Female Vocalist of the Year reached her. She said,

“I gotta tell you, that news hit me pretty hard in the heart. I am and always will be a country music singer. It’s what I do. It’s what I love, and it’s the thing that truly makes me feel alive. Having the CMA recognize that after the year I’ve had since The Way I’m Livin’ came out really does my heart good.”

Chris Stapleton earned his first CMA nods — three in total — for Male Vocalist, New Artist and Album of the Year for Traveller. Yesterday he told Rolling Stone Country,

“Do I think I’m striking some kind of blow against the system? No, not at all. Do I think I’m doing what is hopefully authentic to me and things I like to do? Yes. In that regard, maybe (my music) doesn’t sound like something else that is going on right now, but I always hope it will be. Mainly, I’m just trying to make music that I like. I had no expectations, and I still don’t completely comprehend or understand the events of this morning. But I’m grateful for it.”

Randy Houser co-wrote his recent hit, “Like A Cowboy,” which landed the singer a CMA Awards nod for Song of the Year. He said,

“I’m just so honored and humbled. As an artist you don’t get into this for anything except your love for music, so to get to this point is kind of surreal. When you give it everything you’ve got and make sacrifices, to be recognized by fans, the industry and fellow artists, it really means the world. I grew up watching the CMAs and looking forward to those performances every year. It was the Super Bowl of music in a way for me. So I feel blessed to be at this point.”

The 49th annual CMA Awards show will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 4th at 8 pm on ABC. The Awards will be co-hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the eighth time.

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