Miranda Lambert has record-tying 9 CMA nominations

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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Miranda Lambert performs during the 2014 CMA Festival on June 6, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Miranda Lambert performs during the 2014 CMA Festival on June 6, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Miranda Lambert performs during the 2014 CMA Festival on June 6, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Miranda Lambert performs during the 2014 CMA Festival at LP Field on June 6, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Musician Miranda Lambert attends the 47th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Miranda Lambert attends the 47th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Miranda Lambert visits 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on June 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Miranda Lambert visits 'Extra' at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on June 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
TWIN LAKES, WI - JULY 25: Singer/Songwriter Miranda Lambert headlines Country Thunder USA - Day 2 on July 25, 2014 in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Thunder)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 06: Singers Blake Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert pose in the press room at the 47th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 6, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 30: Co-writer Nicolle Galyon, Miranda Lambert, and co-writer Natalie Hemby attend the 'Automatic' No. 1 party on June 30, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMI)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 30: Miranda Lambert attends the 'Automatic' No. 1 party on June 30, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BMI)
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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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