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CMA Award Nominees list

Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood. photo credit: Bob D’Amico/ABC.

The official nominees for the 47th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards were announced live this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America. As a CMA Member, I was lucky enough again this year to vote in the first two rounds and got a choice in the final nominees. I’ll get to vote for the winners of each category as an industry member as well.

There were some surprises, and some regulars, who made it to the final ballot this year. Check out the full list below and let us know what you think of this year’s nominees – do you think someone was snubbed? What shocked you? Who are you cheering for?

Entertainer Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

BLAKE SHELTON

GEORGE STRAIT

TAYLOR SWIFT

Male Vocalist Of The Year

JASON ALDEAN

LUKE BRYAN

ERIC CHURCH

BLAKE SHELTON

KEITH URBAN

 Female Vocalist Of The Year

KELLY CLARKSON

MIRANDA LAMBERT

KACEY MUSGRAVES

TAYLOR SWIFT

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

New Artist Award

LEE BRICE

BRETT ELDREDGE

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

KIP MOORE

KACEY MUSGRAVES

Vocal Duo Of The Year

BIG & RICH

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

LOVE AND THEFT

SUGARLAND

THE CIVIL WARS

THOMPSON SQUARE

Vocal Group Of The Year

THE BAND PERRY

ELI YOUNG BAND

LITTLE BIG TOWN

LADY ANTEBELLUM

ZAC BROWN BAND

 Album Of The Year

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Red” – TAYLOR SWIFT

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Based On A True Story” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Same Trailer Different Park” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Single Of The Year

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Wagon Wheel” - DARIUS RUCKER

“Merry Go ‘Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

Song Of The Year

“I Drive Your Truck” – LEE BRICE

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

“Merry Go Round” – KACEY MUSGRAVES

“Pontoon” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Wagon Wheel” – DARIUS RUCKER

Musical Event Of The Year

“Don’t Rush” – KELLY CLARKSON and VINCE GILL

“The Only Way I Know” – JASON ALDEAN, LUKE BRYAN and ERIC CHURCH

“Boys Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON and PISTOL ANNIES

“Cruise” – FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE and NELLY

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

Video Of The Year

“Tornado” – LITTLE BIG TOWN

“Blown Away” – CARRIE UNDERWOOD

“Boys ‘Round Here” – BLAKE SHELTON

“Downtown” – LADY ANTEBELLUM

“Highway Don’t Care” – TIM McGRAW and TAYLOR SWIFT

“Mama’s Broken Heart” – MIRANDA LAMBERT

 Musician Of The Year

SAM BUSH – Mandolin

PAUL FRANKLIN – Steel Guitar

DAN HUFF - Guitar

MAC McANALLY – Guitar

BRENT MASON – Guitar

Sarah Darling to Release “Home to Me” EP

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With her single “Home to Me” currently grabbing attention of fans and radio alike, Black River Entertainment’s Sarah Darling is set to release her EP of the same name on January 29th. The EP will be released digitally and features music from Darling’s forthcoming album, produced by Nashville super-producer, Dan Huff.

Darling’s single has already sold more than 46,000 units since its digital release in August, while the video is in rotation on CMT, GAC and TCN. The track, written by Caitlyn Smith & Bobby Hamrick, uses its lyrics to compare love to the beauty of America’s landscape as she finds “home” in that person.

For more information, follow Sarah Darling on Twitter @_SarahDarlingfacebook.com/OfficialSarahDarling and visit www. sarahdarling.com

Raelynn debuts Boyfriend on The Voice

RaeLynn -- photo credit:  Jewel Cole

After debuting her first single “Boyfriend” on The Voice this week, Raelynn has made a major leap on the iTunes charts. The singer, who was a member of Team Blake Shelton on the second season of the hit reality show, signed a deal with Republic Nashville earlier this year. Her album, which is reportedly being co-produced by Dan Huff, will be released sometime in 2013. Her first-ever major label single is currently sitting pretty at number 23 on the iTunes country charts after her performance.

In other Raelynn news, she launched her official fanclub this week – with Miranda Lambert becoming one of the first fans to join. Check out Rae’s Revival on her official website here. Although it doesn’t launch until January 2013, you can sign up now and get a limited edition autographed picture from the singer.

The twangy singer-songwriter has been praised by both Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert for her country personality and vocals, but what do you think about her single? Do you think it could be a hit, or is the success already because of her return to The Voice? Check out her performance below and let us know what you think: