Morris's five nominations tie her with only three other musicians for five CMA Award nominations in a debut year by a female artist, while Stapleton's nominations this year include his first for Entertainer of the Year.
Church’s five nominations give him a total of 22 nominations since his first in 2011 for New Artist of the Year.
The nominees in the 12 CMA Awards categories were announced from the stage of Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House by country music stars Dierks Bentley, a 20-time nominee and two-time winner, Keith Urban, who has been a nominee every year since 2004 and Cam, who is nominated in two categories for "Burning House," the hit song from her debut album "Welcome to Cam Country."
"It is really strong, the diversity of the artists this year is excellent," Urban said while revealing the full list of nominees. "And there’s a good mix of everybody in here so I think it’s going to be an amazing CMAs this year."
Underwood and Brad Paisley will co-host the show live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The show begins at 8 p.m., EST, on ABC.
Here’s the full list of nominees:
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Mix Engineer(s))
“Die a Happy Man” - Thomas Rhett; Producers Dann Huff and Jesse Frasure; Mix engineers Justin Niebank; The Valory Music Co.
“Humble and Kind” - Tim McGraw; Producers Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw; Mix engineers Byron Gallimore; Big Machine Records.
“My Church” - Maren Morris; Producers busbee and Maren Morris; Mix engineers Dave Clauss and busbee; Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville.
“Nobody To Blame” - Chris Stapleton; Producers Dave Cobb and Chris Stapleton; Mix engineers Vance Powell; Mercury Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville.
“Record Year” - Eric Church; Producers Jay Joyce; Mix engineers Jay Joyce and Jason Hall; EMI Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
Black - Dierks Bentley; Produced by Ross Copperman and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.; Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville.
Hero - Maren Morris; Produced by busbee, Maren Morris, and Brad Hill; Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville.
Mr. Misunderstood - Eric Church; Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.; EMI Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville.
Ripcord - Keith Urban; Produced by Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Dann Huff, Greg Wells, Nile Rodgers, busbee, K-Kov, Nathan Chapman, Jonny Price, and Keith Urban; Hit Red Records/Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville.
Storyteller - Carrie Underwood; Produced by Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell; 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville/Sony Music Nashville.
SONG OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
“Burning House” - Camaron Ochs, Tyler Johnson, Jeff Bhasker
“Die a Happy Man” - Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett, and Joe Spargur
“Humble and Kind” - Lori McKenna
“My Church” - Busbee and Maren Morris
“Record Year” - Eric Church and Jeff Hyde
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Joey + Rory
Maddie & Tae
MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to each Artist)
“Different For Girls” - Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King; Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville.
“Home Alone Tonight” - Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild; Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville.
“The Fighter” - Keith Urban (featuring Carrie Underwood); Hit Red Records/Capitol Records Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville.
“Think of You” - Chris Young (duet with Cassadee Pope); RCA Nashville/Sony Music Nashville.
“You Are My Sunshine” - Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton; Low Country Sound/Elektra Records.
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Jerry Douglas (Dobro/Lap Steel Guitar)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Brent Mason (Guitar)
Derek Wells (Guitar)
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Director(s))
“Burning House” - Cam; Directed by Trey Fanjoy.
“Fire Away” - Chris Stapleton; Directed by Tim Mattia.
“Humble and Kind” - Tim McGraw; Directed by Wes Edwards.
“Record Year” - Eric Church; Directed by John Peets and Reid Long.
“Somewhere On A Beach” - Dierks Bentley; Directed by Wes Edwards.
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR