Taylor Swift, Keith Urban Among 2011 CMA Nominees

Posted Tuesday September 6, 2011 10:44 AM GMT

It's one of the biggest nights in country music, and the nominees for the 45th annual Country Music Awards have just been announced.

Among those contending for trophies are mainstay honorees such as Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

Other award hopefuls at the 2011 CMAs include Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert.

With the Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley hosted event to take place on November 9th, the list of early CMA nominees is as follows:

Vocal Group of the Year
The Band Perry
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year
Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

New Artist of the Year
The Band Perry
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Thompson Square
Chris Young

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift
Keith Urban