Carrie Underwood Nominated for Two CMA Awards

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Carrie Underwood received two nominations for the 43rd annual CMA Awards, announced this morning.

Her duet with with Randy Travis “I Told You So” was nominated for Musical Event of the year, and Carrie was also nominated in the Female Vocalist category. Her song “I Told You So” earned songwriter Randy Travis a nom, but it was shut out of the Single of the Year category.

Country pop princess, Taylor Swift was nominated in four categories, including a spot in the exclusive boys club, “Entertainer of the Year.” I wonder if Taylor will win Female Vocalist of the year this year? Carrie has won in that category three years running.

A fourth Female Vocalist win will tie her with Martina McBride (1999, 2002-2004) and Reba McEntire (1984-1987) for most wins in the category.     McBride and McEntire–along with Miranda Lambert–are nominated in the category.

If Carrie is shut out this year, she’ll be too busy to worry about it. She’s co-hosting the event with Brad Paisley. The CMA Awards will be aired on ABC November 11.

See the entire list of nominees, after the JUMP…

Entertainer of the Year
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
George Strait
Taylor Swift
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Darius Rucker
George Strait
Keith Urban

New Artist
Randy Houser
Jamey Johnson
Jake Owen
Darius Rucker
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Group
Eagles
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo
Big & Rich
Brooks & Dunn
Joey & Rory
Montgomery Gentry
Sugarland

Single of the Year
(Award goes to artist and producer.)
“Chicken Fried”
Zac Brown Band
Producer: Keith Stegall
Atlantic Records

“I Run to You”
Lady Antebellum
Producers: Victoria Shaw and Paul Worley
Capitol Records Nashville

“In Color”
Jamey Johnson
Producers: The Kent Hardly Playboys
Mercury Nashville

“People Are Crazy”
Billy Currington
Producers: Carson Chamberlain and Billy Currington
Mercury Nashville

“Then”
Brad Paisley
Producers: Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois
Arista Nashville

Album of the Year
(Award goes to artist and producer.)
American Saturday Night
Brad Paisley
Producers: Frank Rogers and Chris DuBois
Arista Nashville

Defying Gravity
Keith Urban
Producers: Dann Huff and Keith Urban
Capitol Records Nashville

Fearless
Taylor Swift
Producers: Nathan Chapman and Taylor Swift
Big Machine Records

Love on the Inside
Sugarland
Producers: Byron Gallimore, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles
Mercury Nashville

That Lonesome Song
Jamey Johnson
Producers: The Kent Hardly Playboys
Mercury Nashville

Song of the Year
(Award goes to songwriters.)
“Chicken Fried”
Songwriters: Zac Brown and Wyatt Durette

“I Told You So”
Songwriter: Randy Travis

“In Color”
Songwriters: Jamey Johnson, Lee Thomas Miller and James Otto

“People Are Crazy”
Songwriters: Bobby Braddock and Troy Jones

“Then”
Songwriters: Brad Paisley, Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley

Musical Event
(Award goes to each artist.)
“Cowgirls Don’t Cry”
Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba McEntire
Arista Nashville

“Down the Road”
Kenny Chesney (with Mac McAnally)
Blue Chair Records, BNA Records

“Everything But Quits”
Lee Ann Womack (duet with George Strait)
MCA Records

“I Told You So”
Carrie Underwood featuring Randy Travis
19 Recordings/Arista

“Old Enough”
The Raconteurs featuring Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Monroe
Third Man Records, Warner Bros. Records

Music Video
(Award goes to artist and director.)
“Boots On”
Randy Houser
Director: Eric Welch

“Love Story”
Taylor Swift
Director: Trey Fanjoy

“People Are Crazy”
Billy Currington
Directors: The Brads

“Start a Band”
Brad Paisley (duet with Keith Urban)
Directors: Jim Shea

“Troubadour”
George Strait
Director: Trey Fanjoy

Musician of the Year
Eddie Bayers — drums
Paul Franklin — steel guitar
Dann Huff — guitar
Brent Mason — guitar
Mac McAnally — guitar

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  • leilamaurizia

    Carrie has actually won Female Vocalist for 3 consecutive years. Piece of trivia: if she wins again, she’ll tie Reba McEntire and Martina McBride for most wins.

    From the official CMA press release:

    “After winning Female Vocalist of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2008, Carrie Underwood is back in 2009 with two nominations for Female Vocalist and Musical Event for “I Told You So,” featuring Randy Travis. Travis picked up a second nomination for Song of the Year, for writing “I Told You So.” Travis’ version of the hit song was nominated for Single and Song of the Year in 1988.

    If Underwood wins the Female Vocalist trophy again, it will tie her with Martina McBride (1999, 2002-2004) and Reba McEntire (1984-1987) for most wins in this category. McBride and McEntire are each nominated in the Female Vocalist category in 2009. Miranda Lambert is also a Female Vocalist nominee.”

    http://news.prnewswire.com/DisplayReleaseContent.aspx?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/09-09-2009/0005090631&EDATE=

  • suebrody

    Meh on Taylor Swift, kudos to Carrie!

  • dhunken

    Great for Carrie. I hope she wins for the 4th year in a row. She deserves it as far as I am concerned. Love me some Carrie.

  • mgk

    Taylor Swift should not win Female Vocalist of the Year. I took my niece to a concert of hers, and that girl can not sing live. I think she’s adorable and she writes catchy songs, but she’s seriously outclassed by all the other nominees in that category.

  • ilovekrisallen39

    Yeah so happy for Carrie. I love her so much.We loved her so much when she sang her for the family of the troops. And she’s so fantasic. I hope she win’s again.

  • tierbee

    Vocal Duo
    Big & Rich
    Brooks & Dunn
    Joey & Rory
    Montgomery Gentry
    Sugarland

    Are Joey & Rory the ones from Can You Duet last year? (Is that the name of the show? I swear my brain fell out overnight).

  • http://www.wholisticbirthways.net austinmidwife

    Good for her! I hope she wins. She has an amazing voice.

  • fearbear

    Wow Taylor is nominated for EOTY! Yay, I hope she wins all the categories she’s nominated for =P I like Taylor in more than Carrie in exponential levels.

  • jill16

    Taylor Swift should not win Female Vocalist of the Year. I took my niece to a concert of hers, and that girl can not sing live. I think she’s adorable and she writes catchy songs, but she’s seriously outclassed by all the other nominees in that category.

    I’ve always wondered how she sounded live. So often when she sings on award shows she sounds terrible. I’ve always just blamed it on sound systems, not translating well through tv, etc…

    I think she is extremely talented though. At her age to be able to write the songs she does and sing them as well….Amazing.

  • windmills

    MJ, fact check time: Carrie’s the 3 time reigning CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year. She won in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

    I bet she’s over the moon happy to be nominated with her idol Randy Travis.

    Taylor Swift shouldn’t win Female Vocalist Of The Year, she has a 3 note range and any time she sings out of the range or above a whisper, she goes off key. She’s also overrated as a writer IMO because she plagiarizes left and right. But they had to nominate her for stuff because of how successful she’s been. I can justify her getting nominated for Entertainer, she’s like Shania (who also never won Female Vocalist Of The Year).

    IMO Carrie deserves FVOTY. She released arguably her 2 strongest singles from Carnival Ride during the CMA year: Just A Dream (which brought the house down at the CMAs last year) and I Told You So. She’s a great singer and she’s doing the best job of honoring traditional country and also singing contemporary country. If she can’t win I’d rather Miranda win.

    Brad deserves to win Entertainer Of The Year, he’s long overdue.

  • amiroamor

    She’s also overrated as a writer IMO because she plagiarizes left and right. But they had to nominate her for stuff because of how successful she’s been. I can justify her getting nominated for Entertainer, she’s like Shania (who also never won Female Vocalist Of The Year).

    Word! I also think she’s overrated as a songwriter, but that’s just me, and what do I know lol.

  • jack5791

    Carrie still deserves to be the Best Female Vocalist. Taylor’s actual voice skills can NEVER compare to Carrie’s. It’s her award to lose. Not that she would probably care, but she deserves it.

  • lakerchristinee

    If Taylor beats Carrie out for vocalist, that would really suck. But I can see her winning it, since Taylor had such a huge CD this year, while Carrie didn’t have as many releases. If anything, Taylor should win Entertainer of the year, while Carrie wins Female Vocalist–that would solve all.

  • Sunshinegirl

    Congrats to Carrie and all the nominees. I LOVE Carrie (and unlike many longtime Idol fans, I have loved her from the moment she auditioned in Season 4). However, I feel that Miranda Lambert continuously getting shut out of winning FVOTY is crazy. It’s more than time for her turn to win it. Taylor, uh no, not so much if you’re going by voice.

  • oceana

    I would love to see Taylor win some awards this year, (entertainer of the year, best album, best video?) she had an amazing year, and her cd is very good. I disagree that she can’t sing (even though she’s not a great vocalist) and especially I disagree that she plagarizes. She’s been writing songs professionally for several years, she’s a prolific songwriter.

    This video is cute of her hearing the nominations this morning

    http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=62972112

  • bmms

    Yay for Carrie!!!!! I love her. That’s O.K. Carrie has received so many awards and her third upcoming album will be a big smash, so more awards for the following year. ;-)

  • fearbear

    and especially I disagree that she plagarizes. She’s been writing songs professionally for several years, she’s a prolific songwriter.

    I agree! That’s a big accusation to make. I don’t think NSAI would’ve given her Songwriter of the Year award if she plagiarizes “left and right.”

  • windmills

    “especially I disagree that she plagarizes”

    Proof is the pudding, isn’t it? When I mentioned that it was because I’d seen some talk about it on other boards with links.

    Here are links I found on an industry board that show the startling resemblance between Taylor’s songs and songs by other people that were hits before. This isn’t just a borrowed riff. These are examples of full melodies for verses or choruses, major parts of the song. IMO Taylor’s lucky more people haven’t noticed, especially the original writers.

    Taylor Swift, ‘I’d Lie’ :: Evan & Jaron, ‘Crazy For This Girl’ /Saving Jane, ‘Girl Next Door’

    Taylor Swift, ‘Change’ :: Last Goodnight, ‘Pictures Of You’

    Taylor Swift, ‘You’re Not Sorry’ :: One Republic, ‘Apologize’

    Taylor Swift, ‘Permanent Marker’ :: Sheryl Crow, ‘Leaving Las Vegas’

    Kellie Pickler, ‘Best Days Of Your Life’ (cowritten by Kellie and Taylor Swift) :: Wham ‘Last Christmas’

    With this one we know they can’t plead ignorance of the song because Taylor sang ‘Last Christmas’ at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting a couple years ago before Kellie’s album came out.

    I’ve also heard there are more examples but I don’t have links. One I’ve heard is Taylor’s ‘Forever And Always’ and a Paramore song. People also talk about ‘Should’ve Said No’ sounding too much like Daniel Powter’s ‘Bad Day’.

    Even prolific songwriters slip up and here it’s not just one example, there’s many.

  • fearbear

    ^^Why more people have not noticed – is because it’s really not a copy. Especially since 2 of those songs you linked to (I’d Lie, Permanent Marker) are demos and didn’t even make her albums. I don’t really hear glaring similarities between the songs you posted, to be honest.

    There have already been a million songs written, and sometimes even if you think your tune is unique, it bears similarity to a song in the past. Like the controversy between Viva La Vida and Joe Satriani. For example, I’ve also noted that one of the melody of the songs on Matt Kearney’s new album sounds exactly like Avril Lavigne’s Complicated, but I don’t claim that he plagiarized Avril. Sometimes, songs just sound similar. And as a songwriter, I don’t really see that her lyrics are plagiarized either.

    Plagiarism is a big accusation for a songwriter, and I don’t think some passing similarities to some songs, especially her demo songs is enough proof to back it up.

  • sammi

    I almost don’t even want to watch the “Taylor Swift show” I really like her, but she is SO overrated. I can actually understand the EOTY nomination better than the Female Vocalist. THE GIRL CANNOT SING THAT WELL. She does ok but to put her is the same leaque VOCALLY as Carrie and Martina, PLEASE. She is an incredible songwriter, and she is a funny, down to earth kid. But well I guess you get my point. When she sang on the CMT awards it was really bad.

  • sammi

    OH and I love Carrie, but Kellie Pickler should really co-host. That girl is just hilarious. She and Brad would be a HOOT!

  • oceana

    I really don’t think Taylor will win vocalist of the year. I don’t think being nominated is a shock, not after the success she’s been having. She deserves the nod, but not the win in that category.

    I’m sorry, a few links don’t mean she’s a plagarizer, I find her quite unique especially her lyrics. Whatever, to each their own.

    I am always hearing songs that sound like other songs. Green Day’s “21 Guns” sounds exactly like an old song, but I can’t think of the song title, it’s killing me. It is EXACTLY like this other song musically.

  • MalwareDie

    Taylor Swift is one of the worst vocalists of any genre today and one of the most overrated songwriters as well. The only category that she has a slight chance of winning in is Single of the year.

  • MalwareDie

    Whoops. I’m going crazy. Swift was not nominated for Single of the Year so she will go home with 0 awards.

  • iluvai

    Can I just say that I’m not a big fan of Carrie? She is lovely, but she reminds me of oatmeal. Her voice is nice though and she is very pretty.