Country Stars React to Their CMA Awards Nominations

CMAReaction from this year's CMA Awards nominees started pouring in through social media shortly after the nominations were announced Wednesday morning. Here's a roundup of what the stars have to say so far:

Blake Shelton -- "Congrats to @ashleymonroe for our CMA nomination this morning!!! This calls for a drink!!!"

Dan + Shay --  "Congratulations to all the #CMAawards nominees! We are stoked to be nominated for #DuoOfTheYear! Thanks y'all!"

Maddie & Tae -- "Can't believe we're up for CMA duo, new artist, & video of the year!!!! LOVE Y'ALL SOOOO MUCH! ?? #CMAawards #isthisreallife."

Lee Ann Womack -- "Woah! We're pretty excited around here! ❤to everybody who helped me make music this year :)"

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts of the 49th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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CMA Awards Nominees Announced on “Good Morning America”

CMAThe nominees for the 49th Annual CMA Awards were announced on ABC's Good Morning America. Kelsea Ballerini and Steven Tyler were on hand to read off the names in the top categories.

Here are the announced nominees:

Entertainer of the Year

Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Female Vocalist
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack

Male Vocalist
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Chris Stapleton

Album of the Year
Jason Aldean, Old Boots, New Dirt
Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
Little Big Town, Pain Killer
Kenny Chesney, The Big Revival
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

New Artist of the Year
Kelsea Ballerini
Sam Hunt
Maddie & Tae
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return as hosts of the 49th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, November 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Scotty McCreery Gives a Big Thumbs Up to “American Idol” Mentor Steven Tyler’s Move to Country

EB Media PRAerosmith front man Steven Tyler marks his move into the country format announcing the CMA Awards nominations Wednesday morning on ABC's Good Morning America. While some may raise an eyebrow at Steven making country music, country star Scotty McCreery is quick to vouch for the rocker's country credentials.

Steven was a judge on American Idol's 10th season when Scotty was the winner, and it's hard to forget the profanity-laced statement Steven made when he first heard Scotty during Idol auditions.

Says Scotty, "He was all about it. Even from the first audition. I mean, you look back, it was the best one-liner from a judge in American Idol history, which can't be repeated on radio."

As Scotty established himself as a country singer on Idol, Steven actually showed up during rehearsals one day to give Scotty advice on how to really get the most out of his performance.

"I was like, "This is pretty sweet, pretty awesome,'" Scotty recalls. "Steven Tyler's up here helping me out with a song. Not too many folks can say they got to experience that."

Now that Steven is joining the country world, Scotty encourages everyone to check out his lead single, "Love Is Your Name."

"If you listen to the song, the production on it, it's about as country as anything out there right now, man," Scotty explains. "Good for him for branching out and doing something different. That's what music's all about -- being an artist is trying new things and seeing what works. Steven Tyler, he can go put out whatever he wants to do."

Scotty is making waves of his own with "Southern Belle," the lead single from his upcoming studio album.

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