Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban head into tonight’s CMA Awards show with two new trophies already in hand. Their collaboration on the hit single “Highway Don’t Care” was announced as an early winner of both musical event and video of the year.
The double win brings McGraw’s lifetime CMA award total to 14, while Swift now has nine and Urban has snagged eight over the years. Swift is nominated for four more, including a possible third trophy for “Highway Don’t Care” if it wins in the single of the year category. She’s also nominated for album for “Red,” female vocalist and the top prize of entertainer of the year, which she’s taken home twice before.
With her six nominations, she’s tied with newcomer Kacey Musgraves to lead the field this year. Urban is up for his fourth male vocalist CMA honor, along with his three nominations related to “Highway Don’t Care."
The 47th annual CMA Awards ceremony begins at 5 p.m. Pacific time at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and will be telecast on tape delay to the West Coast starting at 8 tonight. The show is hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.