An already amazing 19-month run got even better Wednesday morning when Eric Church learned he was nominated for a leading five CMA Awards, including top honor Entertainer of the Year.
It’s Church’s first nomination in that category, and one earned through tireless work, innovation and old-fashioned entertaining. He’s also up for Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year for “Like a Wrecking Ball,” Single of the Year for “Talladega” and Musical Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.
It’s the EMI Records Nashville recording artist’s first nomination for Entertainer of the Year, an award given to the performer who has proven to be a recording, radio and touring star as well as an ambassador for the genre.
Church’s February 14, 2014, release The Outsiders was that year’s top-selling country album and has continued to surge in 2015. Church logged another No. 1 from the Grammy Awards-nominated album with “Talladega” and set a number of venue records around the nation onThe Outsiders Tour, including a stop at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. He also opened Nashville’s new Ascend Amphitheater with a pair of critically acclaimed, sold-out nights that showcased Church’s ability to hold a crowd of thousands in rapt attention with just an acoustic guitar, his songwriting abilities.
Church is tied for the nominations lead with Little Big Town, a vocal quartet with which he coincidentally shares producer Jay Joyce. The North Carolina native has now been nominated for 17 CMA Awards with one win, 2012 Album of the Year CHIEF. The 49th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live on ABC on Nov. 4 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.