Miranda Lambert vs. the men at 2014 CMAs

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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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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - In one corner you've got the starring members of the country boys' club: The veteran George Strait; the Australian guitar player who rocks the shaggy bangs, Keith Urban; the best-selling party boy Luke Bryan; and the funny, tall guy, Blake Shelton.

In the other corner: A blonde with a megawatt smile - and a swag that is so tough, even all the boys are afraid of her.

That's why Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards, set to air on ABC at 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday, will be Miranda Lambert's big night. She is nominated for nine awards - more than any other artist - including entertainer, album, song and single of the year.

She's also her own competitor: Lambert only has a chance to win seven trophies since she is nominated twice for both music event and music video of the year.

Here's how the night will play out at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee - or at least some educated guesses:

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ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: Blake Shelton; George Strait; Keith Urban; Luke Bryan; Miranda Lambert

While Blake Shelton continues to build his buzz with "The Voice" and Keith Urban with "American Idol," the real competition is between Luke Bryan, whose album sales have continued to kill it in challenging times; George Strait, who won the award last year and retired from the road this year; and Miranda Lambert, whose fiery vibe has dominated country airwaves this year. Look for Lambert to crash the boys' party Wednesday with a well-deserved win, and a first in the top category for the 30-year-old star.

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR: "Crash My Party," Luke Bryan; "Fuse," Keith Urban; "Platinum," Miranda Lambert; "Riser," Dierks Bentley; "The Outsiders," Eric Church

The Grammys ignored Luke Bryan's album, though it topped the charts and solidified his superstar status in country music. It seems unlikely the CMAs will make the same mistake.

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SINGLE OF THE YEAR: "Automatic," Miranda Lambert; "Drunk On A Plane," Dierks Bentley; "Give Me Back My Hometown," Eric Church; "Meanwhile Back at Mama's," Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill; "Mine Would Be You," Blake Shelton

Who doesn't love a Tim McGraw and Faith Hill duet? But who doesn't love a song about getting drunk on a plane to Mexico after your fiancé dumped you? Exactly.

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FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Carrie Underwood; Kacey Musgraves; Martina McBride; Miranda Lambert; Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift may sell over a million albums this week, but her chances of winning are about the same as most of today's album sales: low. Lambert will earn her fifth consecutive win here.

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MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Blake Shelton; Dierks Bentley; Eric Church; Keith Urban; Luke Bryan

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have both won the male and female vocalist honors four years in a row. We call it their good luck charm, and no one wants to break up a happy home, including the CMAs.

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Online:

http://www.cmaworld.com/cma-awards/

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