Swift, whose “Speak Now” was the country genre’s mega-smash of 2010, is the lone woman competing in the coveted entertainer of the year category, where she faces off with Aldean, Paisley, Shelton and Keith Urban.
Up against Swift in the female vocalist of the year slot are Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood. Aldean, Paisley, Shelton, Urban and Kenny Chesney are competing in the male vocalist of the year category.
Lambert and “The Voice” coach Shelton, who married earlier this year, dominated last year’s CMA ceremony.
“Speak Now,” Shelton’s “All About Tonight,” Aldean’s “My Kinda Party,” Paisley’s “This is Country Music” and the Zac Brown Band’s “You Get What You Give” are album of the year nominees.
Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger,” the Brown Band’s “Colder Weather,” the Aldean-Kelly Clarkson collaboration “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Shelton’s “Honey Bee” and the Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” collected single of the year nominations.
Latter act, a sibling trio from Greenville, Tenn., also rated nods in the new artist of the year and vocal group of the year categories. New artist nods also went to vocalists Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Chris Young (all of whom claimed top 10 debuts this year) and duo Thompson Square.
The Perrys face stiff competition in the vocal group field, where they are up against blockbuster acts Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts and the Zac Brown Band.
In the vocal duo of the year category, newcomers the Civil Wars and Thompson Square are competing with vets Montgomery Gentry, Steel Magnolia and Sugarland.
Kudocast airs on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 9.