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Miranda Lambert has record-tying 9 CMA nominations


By CHRIS TALBOTT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Miranda Lambert released the most ambitious album of her career earlier this year and Country Music Association voters responded by giving her a record-tying load of nominations.

Lambert has nine nominations for the 48th CMA Awards, tying her own mark for the most nods to a female nominee, and nearly doubling her nearest competitor when the list was announced Wednesday in New York. Dierks Bentley is next with five nominations and Eric Church and Keith Urban have four apiece.

The 30-year-old Lambert is up for top honor entertainer of the year along with husband Blake Shelton and has nominations for major categories album of the year for "Platinum," song and single of the year for "Automatic" and is vying for her fifth straight female vocalist of the year trophy.

Urban, George Strait and Luke Bryan round out the entertainer of the year category where Lambert and Bryan are seeking their first win in that coveted category. Bryan and Urban also are up for album of the year. Bryan's "Crash My Party" and Urban's "Fuse" join Bentley's "Riser" and Church's "The Outsiders" in the category.

New artist of the year nominees are Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.

Bryan and Shelton are tied with Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood with three nominations apiece. The nominations were announced on ABC's "Good Morning America" and at a news conference by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town. Underwood and Brad Paisley host the Nov. 5 show live from Nashville, Tennessee.

Lambert padded out her list of nominations with two apiece in the vocal event ("Somethin' Bad" with Underwood and "We Were Us" with Urban) and music video ("Automatic" and "Somethin' Bad") categories. "Automatic," the first single from "Platinum," was nominated for both song and single of the year as well.

Shelton and Lambert will be attempting to extend their record streak of wins by a married couple in the male and female vocalist categories. Each has won four straight. Lambert will be competing against Underwood, Musgraves, Taylor Swift and Martina McBride. Shelton faces Bentley, Bryan, Church and Urban.

Voters have an interesting choice to make in the entertainer of the year category. Lambert and Bryan are arguably the genre's top stars and voters could justifiably reward either with a trophy that goes hand in hand with superstar status. Strait is seeking his second consecutive win in the category after announcing he would retire from the road. He played his final concert earlier this year, setting attendance records at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium. And "American Idol" judge Urban and "The Voice" coach Shelton remain two of country's most visible stars.

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Mark September 03 2014 at 1:42 PM

Why? She has no talent. Have they run out of real artists to nominate?

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niceguy71653 September 03 2014 at 1:20 PM

This is just goes to show the sad state of country music when she can get 9 nominations.

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jbjg24m September 03 2014 at 2:32 PM

love her songs, that l Blake Shelton is one lucky guy

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tombrauner September 03 2014 at 12:59 PM

She's a fraud. She tries way too hard with her act. She's about as country as Bill Gates.

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Melanie September 03 2014 at 11:57 AM

Congrats to all the nominees and may the best man, or woman, win!

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flatulatesonlibs September 03 2014 at 1:36 PM

Lambert would be cuter if her face wasnt so damn big.

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swidorskycarpet September 03 2014 at 1:25 PM

She is competing against Musgraves Swift and McBride. When was the last time Swift did anything country ? Lastest song/video Shake it off NOT

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mr41005 September 03 2014 at 12:44 PM

why?

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byterswete September 03 2014 at 12:14 PM

She deserves it too. Love Miranda...she has a different style!! Class act...

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rude byterswete September 03 2014 at 12:58 PM

Class act?? Far from it. Losing weight does not diminish her gutter mouth, huge ego moderate talents. Ten or more women could have taken her place on that list.......and Swift's as well.

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just do it September 03 2014 at 2:02 PM

taylor swift is NOT a country singer never mind an 'artist' she is a manufactured auto tuned person that yes can write songs but should NOT be allowed to sing! Underwood is also very over rated and disgraced the sound of music legacy! These so called 'artists' are nothing more than pop stars that can sell a record because they have pyrotechnics and ,a lot of dancers (to cover their lack of voice) Lambert and Shelton are so so.. its a gimmick that will bite them in the ass soon ;0

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