Swift among CMA's entertainer of the year nominees
FILE - This Nov. 22, 2011 file photo shows singer Taylor Swift performing at Madison Square Garden in New York. Swift will go for her third entertainer of the year award at this year's Country Music Association Awards. The two-time winner is nominated in the category with previous winners Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley and Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton. Aldean and Luke Bryan announced the first five categories of CMA nominees on “Good Morning America.” The 46th annual CMA Awards will be aired live Nov. 1 on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Carrie Underwood and Paisley will host. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)
Taylor Swift will go for her third entertainer of the year award at this year's Country Music Association Awards, but she'll have to share the spotlight.
There was little surprise as Swift, a two-time winner for the CMA's top award, was nominated in the category with previous winners Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley and also Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton. There was a shake-up in other major categories, however, as rising stars Eric Church and Luke Bryan entered the mix for the first time.
Church is this year's top nominee with five, followed closely by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. The husband and wife have four nominations apiece. Swift, Aldean, Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Little Big Town have three apiece.
Bryan was clearly taken aback when his name popped up among the nominees as he and good friend Aldean announced the first five categories Wednesday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America."
Bryan entered this year's nominations with a splash, taking nods in two prestigious categories — male vocalist and album of the year. He and Eric Church helped knock longtime nominee and multiple winner Paisley off the list of male vocalist nominees, joining Aldean, Shelton and Keith Urban.
Bryan and Church also entered the list of album of the year nominees for the first time — Bryan for "Tailgates & Tanlines" and Church for "Chief." Other nominees in that category included Miranda Lambert's "Four the Record," Bentley's "Home" and Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night."
"Those are just really, really important categories and stuff that really anytime I get nominated and I look at the company that I'm in it's pretty amazing," Bryan said.
Kelly Clarkson broke through in the female vocalist category, joining previous nominees Swift, Lambert, Underwood and Martina McBride. It's Clarkson's first individual CMA nomination. She and Aldean won musical event last year for their duet "Don't You Wanna Stay."
FILE - This June 6, 2012 file photo shows Eric Church performing on an outdoor stage during the CMT Music Awards show in Nashville, Tenn. Church was nominated for five Country Music Association Awards, including album of the year, male vocalist, single and song of the year categories,Wednesday, Sept. 5, during an announcement on "Good Morning America." The 46th annual CMA Awards will air live Nov. 1 on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Carrie Underwood and Paisley will host. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)
Aldean said it was the surprise nomination of the day.
"I think that she kind of obviously opened up some eyes to some people and obviously they're taking notice of that and rewarding her for her contributions to country music over the last year, so I think it's great," Aldean said.