Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert already is a winner at this year’s Country Music Association awards extravaganza.
Winners in two of the 12 CMA Awards categories were announced live on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” this morning from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, which is the site of the 48th Annual CMA Awards.
The news was delivered by GMA chief meteorologist Ginger Zee and welcomed by cheers from the thousands of rain-soaked fans gathered on the Bridgestone Arena plaza waiting to see CMA Awards Musical Event of the Year winners Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban. Urban also performed on the ABC network morning show.
“What a terrific way to gear up for the industry’s top honors, by announcing winners in two categories on GMA and sharing that good news with the viewers and the fans in Nashville,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern, in a news release.
Hosted for the seventh time by Brad Paisley and Checotah native Carrie Underwood, the 48th Annual CMA Awards air from 7 to 10 tonight on the ABC Television Network, and I’ll be live blogging and tweeting along live here at BAM’s Blog and NewsOK as well as at Twitter.com/BAMOK
Lambert and Urban won CMA Musical Event of the Year for “We Were Us” from Urban’s CMA Awards-nominated Album of the Year “Fuse.”
Dierks Bentley and director Wes Edwards won the CMA Music Video of the Year prize for “Drunk On A Plane.”
As previously reported, Lambert is the 2014 CMA Awards’ top nominee, with nine nods. Lambert’s nominations include Entertainer of the Year (she received her first nomination in this category in 2010); Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year for “Platinum,” which was produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf; two nominations for Musical Event of the Year, for “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood and “We Were Us” with Urban; and two nominations for Music Video of the Year, for “Automatic” as well as “Somethin’ Bad” with Underwood, which were both directed by Trey Fanjoy. In addition, “Automatic” picked up nominations for Single (produced by Liddell, Ainlay, and Worf) and Song of the Year for songwriters Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, and Lambert.
This marks her first win for Musical Event of the Year and brings her career CMA Awards wins to eight.
Bentley was the most-nominated male artist in 2014, with five nominations including Male Vocalist; Album of the Year for “Riser,” which was produced by Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, and Arturo Buenahora Jr.; Song of the Year for “I Hold On,” which Bentley wrote with Oklahoma-bred songsmith Brett James; and Single and Music Video of the Year for “Drunk On A Plane,” which was produced by Copperman, Johnston, Buena Hora, and directed by Edwards. This was Bentley’s first nomination for Music Video of the Year. Bentley won his first CMA Award in 2005 for the Horizon Award, now known as New Artist of the Year.
Urban collected four nominations in 2014 including Entertainer of the Year, which he won in 2005; Male Vocalist, which he has won three times (2004-2006); Album for “Fuse,” which was produced by Benny Blanco, Nathan Chapman, Copperman, Zach Crowell, Mike Elizondo, Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Stargate, Butch Walker, and Urban (Urban only receives one nomination for the category, but can receive a second trophy as producer); and Musical Event with Lambert for “We Were Us.” This is Urban’s third win in the category (“Start a Band” with Paisley in 2009; “Highway Don’t Care” with Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw in 2013), bringing his career CMA Awards wins to nine.
Along with Lambert and James, other nominees with Oklahoma ties include Underwood, Lambert’s husband and fellow Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, Muskogee newcomers The Swon Brothers, and Miami, OK-rooted duo Thompson Square. To read about the Oklahoma nominees, click here.
This marked the third year the categories were announced on “Good Morning America.” In previous years, the winners were announced in pre-televised activities and acknowledged during the CMA Awards broadcast. Chris Young will host the pre-telecast ceremonies tonight and will present the trophies to the winners as well as Musician of the Year and CMA Broadcast Awards winners for Radio Station and Radio Personality of the Year. The recipients will be acknowledged during the broadcast and participate in backstage media interviews.