Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves lead CMA nominees
FILE - In this May 11, 2013 file photo, Taylor Swift performs onstage during her Red Tour at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Swift and Kacey Musgraves top the list of final nominees for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” with six nominations each. The awards show will be hosted for the sixth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 6 on the ABC. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP, File)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kacey Musgraves knew the Country Music Association Awards nominations were Tuesday morning, but as a newcomer saw no reason to set her alarm and get up. Then her roommate started shouting.
"I had no idea I'd make history," Musgraves said with a laugh.
Musgraves is tied with Taylor Swift as the CMA's lead nominee with six for the Nov. 6 awards in Nashville, becoming the first woman to lead the nominations in her first year as a nominee.
The 25-year-old Texas-born performer did it in a well-rounded fashion, earning nominations as a singer, songwriter and producer with album, female vocalist, new artist, single and two different song of the year entries on her ledger.
"It's really cool, I love that," Musgraves said. "All facets like that are equally important to me, especially the songwriting. To be recognized for all those things makes me feel good."
The nominations were announced in New York on "Good Morning America" and in a later news conference by Sheryl Crow and FGL.
Swift will be going for her third entertainer of the year award and was nominated for album for the multiplatinum "Red" and female vocalist of the year.
Reigning entertainer of the year Blake Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert, are next with five nominations each. And Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line have four apiece.
Lambert and Shelton will be going for their fourth consecutive wins in the male vocalist and female vocalist categories and have a chance to again share a trophy, as they did last year when their song "Over You" won song of the year. In 2013, both share nominations in the musical event and video categories with Lambert's trio Pistol Annies for their collaboration on Shelton's song "Boys 'Round Here."
The CMAs have turned into something of a party recently for the couple, who have been among the show's top winners the past three years.
"It's so much fun for us each to be having individual success at the same time and we can celebrate it all together," Lambert said in an email to The Associated Press. "Last year was so special being recognized for our song 'Over You.' Also, the CMAs happen around my birthday. It's another reason to have a 'Randa-rita!"
Shelton and Swift are up for top honor entertainer of the year with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and surprise nominee George Strait, a two-time winner in the category who's being feted by CMA voters as he retires from touring.
Swift's load of nominations isn't that surprising. While sometimes a polarizing figure because of her pop music leanings, she's gotten the full attention of CMA voters in recent years. She's now up to 21 career CMA nominations and has two entertainer of the year awards among her seven wins, tying her with Barbara Mandrell as the lead female winner of the association's top honor.
Musgraves presence atop the list is something quite different, though. Her rapid ascendance comes as something of a shock. It was a year ago to the day she released her debut single, "Merry Go 'Round" from her major label debut album, "Same Trailer Different Park."
The number of trophies she and Swift are up for signals something of an admission that the once deeply conservative format is opening up to new sounds and ideas in the 21st century.