Blake Shelton’s had a pretty standout year in 2013. His Southern charm shone brightly when he released his No. 1 album Based On A True Story. His knack for captivating audiences on the small screen saw him coach the winning contestants on The Voice, a gig he’s gladly returning to this season. Both an entertainer and a humanitarian, Blake worked tirelessly to combine his celebrity connections with a heavy heart and organized Healing in the Heartland, a fundraiser for survivors of the Oklahoma tornado.

To cap off such an incredible year, Shelton leads the pack in the list of nominees for the 47th Annual CMA Awards. He’s nominated for both Entertainer of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year, running up against talents like Taylor Swift, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean. Both major honors, Shelton’s domination of the big categories indicates his rising reign over country music in 2013. He’s also in the running for Musical Event of the Year, Album of the Year for Based On A True Story, and Music Video of the Year for “Boys Round Here,” ft. Pistol Annies.

The 47th Annual CMA Awards hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will air live on ABC on November 6. Check out the full list of nominees below.  Not familiar? Get to know their music in the Pepsi Pulse CMA Awards iTunes Radio Station here.

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Blake Shelton

George Strait

Taylor Swift

Female Vocalist

Kelly Clarkson

Miranda Lambert

Kacey Musgraves

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Blake Shelton

Keith Urban

New Artist

Lee Brice

Brett Eldredge

Florida Georgia Line

Kip Moore

Kacey Musgraves

Vocal Duo

Big and Rich

Florida Georgia Line

Love and Theft


Civil Wars

Thompson Square

Vocal Group

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band


Blake Shelton, Based on a True Story

Carrie Underwood, Blown Away

Taylor Swift, Red

Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park

Little Big Town, Tornado


Florida Georgia Line, "Cruise"

Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, "Highway Don’t Care"

Miranda Lambert, "Mama’s Broken Heart"

Kacey Musgraves, "Merry Go ‘Round"

Darius Rucker, "Wagon Wheel"

Song (goes to the songwriters)

"I Drive Your Truck" (Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary)

"Mama’s Broken Heart" (Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves)

"Merry Go ‘Round" (Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally)

"Pontoon" (Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Barry Dean)

"Wagon Wheel" (Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor)

Musical Event

Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies, "Boys ‘Round Here"

Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly, "Cruise"

Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill, "Don’t Rush"

Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift and Keith Urban, "Highway Don’t Care"

Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church, "The Only Way I Know"

Music Video

Carrie Underwood, "Blown Away"

Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies, "Boys ‘Round Here"

Lady Antebellum, "Downtown"

Tim McGraw, "Highway Don’t Care"

Miranda Lambert, "Mama’s Broken Heart"

Little Big Town, "Tornado"


Brent Mason

Dann Huff

Mac McAnally

Paul Franklin

Sam Bush