Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Up For Top Award At CMAs

country

For the first time in 20 years, two women are nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards (CMAs).

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are up against Eric Church, Luke Combs and Keith Urban in the category.

Noticeably absent is Garth Brooks, who said in July that he was taking himself out of consideration after winning the award a record seven times. (The CMA said its rules “do not allow individuals to remove themselves from the balloting process at any point.)

In 2000, Faith Hill and the group now known as The Chicks were up for Entertainer of the Year. Two female solo artists haven’t been nominated in the category since Crystal Gayle and Barbara Mandrell in 1979.

Lambert leads this year’s nominations with seven, bringing her career total to 55 and surpassing Reba McEntire as the most-nominated female artist at the CMAs.

Combs earned six noms, Maren Morris has five and there are four apiece for Dan + Shay, Carly Pearce and producer Jay Joyce.

Combs tweeted: "Wow. What a morning. Thank you to my team, my band and crew, my family, my beautiful wife ... and to the fans, we miss you. None of this is possible without any of you. WE did this. THANK YOU!" A tweet from Dan + Shay read: "waking up to 4 [CMAs] nominations this morning felt better than ever. thank you so much to our fans and the country music family for continuing to believe in our dreams. we will always be grateful."

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has three nominations thanks to his collaboration with Dan + Shay, “10,000 Hours.”

Kelsea Ballerini, who was left off Tuesday's list of nominations, took to Twitter to share her disappointment. "last time this happened, I wrote homecoming queen the next day about the feeling. something beautiful will undoubtedly come from the current disappointment. nonetheless, congratulations to my friends & peers that got nominations. proud to be a part of the country family, always."

Winners will be announced Sept. 16. Check out the nominations below:

Entertainer of the Year

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Miranda Lambert

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

Single of the Year

“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)

“Beer Never Broke My Heart,” Luke Combs

“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert

“The Bones,” Maren Morris

“I Hope,” Gabby Barrett

Album of the Year

Heartache Medication, Jon Pardi

Never Will, Ashley McBryde

Old Dominion, Old Dominion

What You See Is What You Get, Luke Combs

Wildcard, Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year

“Bluebird” (Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert)

“The Bones” (Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz)

“Even Though I’m Leaving” (Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Ray Fulcher)

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” (Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Carly Pearce, Jonathan Singleton)

“More Hearts Than Mine” (Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, Derrick Southerland)

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert

Ashley McBryde

Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Lady A

Little Big Town

Midland

Old Dominion

Rascal Flatts

Vocal Duo of the Year

Brooks & Dunn

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae

Musical Event of the Year

“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)

“Be a Light,” Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban

“The Bones,” Maren Morris with Hozier

“Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” Miranda Lambert (feat. Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes & Caylee Hammack)

“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice

Musician of the Year

Jenee Fleenor, fiddle

Paul Franklin, steel guitar

Rob McNelley, guitar

Ilya Toshinskiy, guitar

Derek Wells, guitar

Music Video of the Year

“10,000 Hours,” Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)

“Bluebird,” Miranda Lambert

“Homemade,” Jake Owen

“I Hope You’re Happy Now,” Carly Pearce and Lee Brice

“Second One to Know,” Chris Stapleton

New Artist of the Year

Jimmie Allen

Ingrid Andress

Gabby Barrett

Carly Pearce

Morgan Wallen

This article has been updated since it was first published.

Artist Radio

Listen to music from nominees