Miranda Lambert released the most ambitious album of her career earlier this year and Country Music Association (CMA) voters responded by giving her a record-tying load of nominations.
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Miranda Lambert performs in June at the CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Lambert has nine nominations for the 48th annual 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.
Lambert, 30, is up for top honour 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.
She has been among the top CMA female nominees and winners since “Revolution” won album of the year in 2010 and now has 34 CMA nominations — behind only Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn.
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 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. Underwood and Brad Paisley host the Nov. 5 show live from Nashville, Tenn.
Lambert padded 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. Lambert tied with Merle Haggard for second-most nominations overall. Only Alan Jackson, in 2002, had more nominations in a single year, with 10.
Shelton and Lambert will attempt 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.