History may be made in several categories when the 47th annual Country Music Assn. Awards are telecast on Nov. 6. Taylor Swift is vying to become the first female to win Entertainer of the Year three times. She is currently tied with Barbara Mandrell as one of only two women to have won the award twice. Mandrell won in 1980 and 1981. Swift won in 2009 and 2011.
But CMA favorite George Strait, who lengthened his lead as the artist with the most Entertainer of the Year nominations (18), is gunning for a record of his own. He's vying to become the artist with the longest span of Entertainer of the Year awards (24 years). He first won in that category in 1989. Strait, 61, would also become the oldest Entertainer of the Year winner.
This is the third year in a row that Swift, Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton have been nominated for Entertainer of the Year. (Shelton won last year). The fifth nominee, breaking into the finals for the first time, is the red-hot Luke Bryan.
Two of last year's Entertainer of the Year finalists, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney, were passed over for nominations in that category this year. This is the first time that Paisley has missed the cut since his nomination streak began in 2005.Read More »from CMA Races to Watch