Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson were among the nominees unveiled for this year's Country Music Association Awards when the first batch of shortlists were announced today (05.09.12).
Five categories - Female Vocalist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year - were announced live on 'Good Morning America' this morning (05.09.12) by Jason Aldean, with the singer finding himself in the running for two awards.
Taylor and Kelly will battle it out with Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood in the Female Vocalist category, while the 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' singer is also in the running for Entertainer of the Year.
The final nominations announced in the first batch see Eric, Miranda, Lady Antebellum, Luke and DIERKS BENTLEY do battle for Album of the Year.
Luke said of his nominations: ''It's great to be recognised. It's just been an amazing year... to cap the year off with some CMA nominations is pretty amazing ... You just ride the ride and enjoy every little thing along the way.''
The other nominations are due to be announced later today.
The CMA Awards take place on November 1.
Country Music Awards (CMA) first list of nominations:
Female Vocalist of the Year:
Male Vocalist of the Year:
Vocal Group of the Year:
Eli Young Band
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Entertainer of the Year:
Album of the Year:
'Four the Record'/Miranda Lambert
'Own the Night'/Lady Antebellum
'Tailgates and Tanlines'/Luke Bryan