The Country Music Association announced the nominees for the 2021 CMA Awards on Thursday and as always, a few names were left off the list that have us shook.
Carrie Underwood did not receive a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year for the first time in her 15 year career! She did, however, earn a nod for Entertainer of the Year alongside Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, and Chris Stapleton.
Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton will compete in the Male Vocalist category so who does that leave out? Well Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban just to name a few. The four country superstars were completely shut out.
Luke did receive a mention for his appearance on Jordan Davis’ “Buy Dirt.” The pair are up for Musical Event of the Year.
Another snub? Lee Brice, who had a huge hit with “One of Them Girls,” didn’t get a nomination for Single of the Year along with Luke Combs “Forever After All,” which spent 6 weeks at #1.
“Forever After All” was nominated for Song of the Year though (which goes to the songwriter).
Meanwhile, the stars who scored nominations took to social media to thank the CMA.
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WOW. What an amazing thing to wake up to. Thank you @CountryMusic Association for the consideration and @drewparkerplays & Rob Williford for writing “Forever After All” with me. Shout out to my team, my band & crew, my beautiful wife, my family, and last but not least, the FANS. pic.twitter.com/O0E3b891bT
— Luke Combs 🎤 (@lukecombs) September 9, 2021
— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) September 9, 2021
— Dierks Bentley (@DierksBentley) September 9, 2021
ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINEE 😭❤️ To see 29 recognized like this, it blows me away. To be the only woman in the category, well, that speaks to the hunger people have for real life… even when it’s the tough stuff. Thank you @CountryMusic!!! pic.twitter.com/T9GGLKWMDd
— Carly Pearce (@carlypearce) September 9, 2021