This year’s nominations for the CMA Awards fulfilled a lot of expectations, but also contained surprises for music insiders.
Noticeably missing from the ballot is Blake Shelton. His latest album, If I’m Honest, has sold a half-million copies, making him the year’s top-selling artist so far.
Also missing is Jason Aldean, who’s had a steady stream of hits — as well as a successful tour — in the qualifying period. Jason hasn’t won a CMA award since 2011, when “Do You Wanna Stay,” his duet with Kelly Clarkson, was named Musical Event of the Year.
Four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney, who grabbed six nominations last year, went unrecognized this year — in spite of his successful Spread the Love tour.
Sam Hunt had three nominations last year. He is also the first male vocalist to have four number-one singles on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart from a debut album, but his name didn’t get mentioned today, either. (Tennessean)