Nominations Begin Today for 2011 CMA Awards

The first round of ballots are about to be sent out to all voting members of the Country Music Association today for the 45th Annual CMA Awards in November. An official e-mail made the rounds this morning announcing the first round of ballots starting today, June 27th, until July 13th, 2011 at 5 pm CST / 6 pm EST.

The second ballot process will be between August 9th to the 23rd at 5 pm CT / 6 pm EST. The final nominees will be announced mid-September.

The 2011 CMA Awards air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on November 9th, 8 pm EST on ABC. Last year Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert stole the show and walked away with the most trophies; and becoming the first country music couple since Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to win female and male vocalist awards on the same night.

Who are your predictions for nominees this year? Who would you vote for?

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A 26 year-old Canadian girl currently living in England for a culinary career. Fell in love with country music and cooking at a young age, and looks for a way to do both.