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There may be no stopping Carrie Underwood at the 2016 CMT Music Awards, but Cam and Chris Stapleton are giving it a shot. The “Smoke Break” hitmaker already has a record six Video of the Year trophies to her credit, and she’s up for an award in the category again at this summer’s ceremony.

First time nominees Cam and Chris also vie for CMT’s big trophy, tying Carrie for the most nominations this year, with three each. Thomas Rhett announced the contenders Monday morning on NBC’s Today show, with a new category still to be revealed June 1.

The 2016 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena June 8 at 8 p.m. ET. Here’s a complete list of the nominees, with voting underway now at CMT.com:

Video of the Year
Blake Shelton, “Sangria”
Cam, “Burning House”
Carrie Underwood, “Smoke Break”
Chris Stapleton, “Fire Away”
Florida Georgia Line, “Sippin’ on Fire”
Jason Aldean, “Tonight Looks Good on You”
Keith Urban, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Luke Bryan, “Strip It Down”
Sam Hunt, “Break Up in a Small Town”
Thomas Rhett, “Die a Happy Man”
Tim McGraw, “Humble and Kind”

Male Video of the Year
Blake Shelton, “Sangria”
Eric Church, “Like a Wrecking Ball” (from 2015 CMT Music Awards)
Keith Urban, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”
Luke Bryan, “Kick the Dust Up” (from 2015 CMT Music Awards)
Sam Hunt, “Break Up in a Small Town”
Thomas Rhett, “Die a Happy Man”

Female Video of the Year
Cam, “Burning House”
Carrie Underwood, “Smoke Break”
Jana Kramer, “I Got the Boy”
Kacey Musgraves, “Biscuits”
Kelsea Ballerini, “Dibs”
Maren Morris, “My Church”

Group/Duo Video of the Year
Brothers Osborne, “Stay a Little Longer”
Dan+Shay, “Nothin’ Like You”
Florida Georgia Line, “Sippin’ on Fire”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Old Dominion, “Break Up with Him”
Zac Brown Band, “Loving You Easy”

Breakthrough Video of the Year
Brothers Osborne, “Stay a Little Longer”
Cam, “Burning House”
Chris Janson, “Buy Me a Boat”
Chris Stapleton, “Fire Away”
Maren Morris, “My Church”
Old Dominion, “Break Up with Him”

CMT Performance of the Year
Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis, “Girl Crush” (from CMT Artists of the Year)
Brantley Gilbert and Lynyrd Skynyrd, “What’s Your Name” (from CMT Crossroads)
Carrie Underwood, “Smoke Break” (from CMT Instant Jam)
Cheap Trick and Jennifer Nettles, “I Want You to Want Me” (from CMT Crossroads)
Chris Stapleton, “Nobody to Blame” (from CMT Artists of the Year)
Darius Rucker, “Alright” (from CMT Instant Jam)

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