Entertainment Music Country Eric Church, Chris Stapleton and Gabby Barrett Lead Nominations List at 2021 CMA Awards Church — last year's entertainer of the year — is nominated for the highly coveted award alongside Stapleton, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood By Tomás Mier Published on September 9, 2021 08:05 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Jason Davis/Getty; Shannon Finney/Getty; John Shearer/ACMA2020/Getty Country's biggest night is almost here! The Country Music Association Awards are just two months away — and the nominations have been announced! Led by Eric Church and Chris Stapleton, this year's awards show is scheduled for Nov. 10. Church — the reigning entertainer of the year — and Stapleton, 43, are both up for the same five awards: entertainer male vocalist, album, single and song of the year. Following closely behind with the most nods is Gabby Barrett who is up for new artist, female vocalist, single and song of the year. (Both single and song awards are for her hit "The Good Ones.") Also up for four awards are mix engineer Jason Hall and producer Jay Joyce. With three nods are Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris and Chris Young. Getty (5) Gabby Barrett Has Second Thoughts About Blockbuster Hit 'I Hope' and Those Deliciously Nasty Lyrics "This year, we have the opportunity to honor the superstars, new artists and emerging creators who are paving the way for Country Music," said CMA CEO Sarah Trahern in a press release. "These nominees exemplify the creativity, passion and heart that make our Country Music community unlike any other genre. The breadth of voices is evident in this year's nominations, and we could not be more thrilled to celebrate our deserving nominees in November!" In the coveted entertainer of the year category are Carrie Underwood, Combs, Lambert, Stapleton and Church. (If either Lambert or Underwood take home the prize, they'd become the first woman in 10 years to take home the prize after Taylor Swift did in 2011.) Notably returning to the CMA nominations list this year is Morgan Wallen for album of the year for his Dangerous: The Double Album after being barred from the ACM Awards earlier this year for using a racial slur. Here's the full list of nominations: ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR Eric Church Luke Combs Miranda Lambert Chris Stapleton Carrie Underwood SINGLE OF THE YEAR "Famous Friends" – Chris Young with Kane BrownProducers: Corey Crowder, Chris YoungMix Engineer: Sean Moffitt "The Good Ones" – Gabby BarrettProducers: Ross Copperman, Zach KaleMix Engineers: Chris Galland, Manny Marroquin "Hell Of A View" – Eric ChurchProducer: Jay JoyceMix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce "One Night Standards" – Ashley McBrydeProducer: Jay JoyceMix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce "Starting Over" – Chris StapletonProducers: Dave Cobb, Chris StapletonMix Engineer: Vance Powell ALBUM OF THE YEAR 29 – Carly PearceProducers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Jimmy RobbinsMix Engineer: Ryan Gore Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan WallenProducers: Dave Cohen, Matt Dragstrem, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome and Joey MoiMix Engineer: Joey Moi Heart – Eric ChurchProducer: Jay JoyceMix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce Skeletons – Brothers OsborneProducer: Jay JoyceMix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce Starting Over – Chris StapletonProducers: Dave Cobb, Chris StapletonMix Engineer: Vance Powell SONG OF THE YEAR Award goes to Songwriter(s) "Forever After All"Songwriters: Luke Combs, Drew Parker, Robert Williford "The Good Ones"Songwriters: Gabby Barrett, Zach Kale, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick"Hell Of A View"Songwriters: Casey Beathard, Eric Church, Monty Criswell "One Night Standards"Songwriters: Nicolette Hayford, Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde"Starting Over"Songwriters: Mike Henderson, Chris Stapleton FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Gabby Barrett Miranda Lambert Ashley McBryde Maren Morris Carly Pearce MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Dierks Bentley Eric Church Luke Combs Thomas Rhett Chris Stapleton VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR Lady A Little Big Town Midland Old Dominion Zac Brown Band VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR Brooks & Dunn Brothers Osborne Dan + Shay Florida Georgia Line Maddie & Tae MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR "Buy Dirt" – Jordan Davis and Luke BryanProducer: Paul DiGiovanni "Chasing After You" – Ryan Hurd with Maren MorrisProducers: Aaron Eshuis, Teddy Reimer "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)" – Elle King & Miranda LambertProducer: Martin Johnson "Famous Friends" – Chris Young with Kane BrownProducers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young "half of my hometown" – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)Producers: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar Aaron Sterling, Drums Ilya Toshinskiy, Banjo Derek Wells, Guitar MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR Award goes to Artist(s) and Director(s) "Chasing After You" – Ryan Hurd with Maren MorrisDirector: TK McKamy "Famous Friends" – Chris Young with Kane BrownDirector: Peter Zavadil "Gone" – Dierks BentleyDirectors: Wes Edwards, Travis Nicholson, Ed Pryor, Running Bear, Sam Siske "half of my hometown" – Kelsea Ballerini (featuring Kenny Chesney)Director: Patrick Tracy "Younger Me" – Brothers OsborneDirector: Reid Long NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR Jimmie Allen Ingrid Andress Gabby Barrett Mickey GuytonHARDY The CMA Awards are set to air on Nov. 10 from Nashville on ABC.