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Miranda Lambert Leads 2010 CMA Award Nominees

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Miranda Lambert is the leader of the 2010 CMA Award nominee pack, with nine nominations going into November’s broadcast, including her first-ever nod for the coveted Entertainer of the Year honor. It’s the most nominations ever for a female artist in the history of the CMAs.

“It’s unbelievable. I’m really shocked at some of my nominations!” a beaming Miranda said on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America‘ Wednesday after announcing the nominees alongside Dierks Bentley, himself a three-time nominee this year.

“2010 is definitely my lucky year,” Miranda continued. “I’ve started putting ’10’ on everything. I got engaged, now the CMAs … I didn’t even think I was eligible for nine awards!”

Miranda is up against fiancé Blake Shelton in three different categories, while Blake also scores his first-ever nomination for Male Vocalist of the Year. Other first-time nominees include Steel Magnolia in the Vocal Duo category and the Band Perry for Vocal Group. CMA first-timers Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann and Chris Young are all nominated for New Artist of the Year, competing against four-time nominees this year, the Zac Brown Band.

Taylor Swift, who led the 2009 CMA winners with four trophies including the night’s biggest honor, Entertainer of the Year, walked away with only one nomination this year, for Female Vocalist, which she also won last year. She’s up against Miranda, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood. Taylor will pass her Entertainer of the Year honors on to either Miranda, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban or the Zac Brown Band.

The 44th Annual Country Music Association Awards will air live from Nashville on November 10. Brad Paisley (who has three nods) and Carrie Underwood (a two-time nominee) will co-host the show for the third year in a row. See the full list of 2010 CMA Award nominations below.


Entertainer of the Year

Lady Antebellum
Miranda Lambert
Brad Paisley
Keith Urban
Zac Brown Band

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

New Artist

Luke Bryan
Easton Corbin
Jerrod Niemann
Chris Young
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Group

Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo

Brooks & Dunn
Joey + Rory
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia

Album of the Year
(Award goes to artist and producer)

Need You Now‘ – Lady Antebellum
Producer: Paul Worley

Play On‘ – Carrie Underwood
Producers: Mark Bright and Max Martin

Revolution‘ – Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell, Mike Wrucke

Twang‘ – George Strait
Producer: Tony Brown

Up on the Ridge‘ – Dierks Bentley
Producer: Jon Randall Stewart

Single of the Year
(Award goes to artist and producer)

A Little More Country Than That
Easton Corbin
Producer: Carson Chamberlain

Hillbilly Bone
Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
Producer: Scott Hendricks

Need You Now
Lady Antebellum
Producers: Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum

The House That Built Me
Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke

White Liar
Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke

Song of the Year
(Award goes to songwriters)

‘A Little More Country Than That’
Songwriters: Rory Lee Feek, Don Poythress and Wynn Varble

‘Need You Now’
Songwriters: Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Josh Kear

‘The House That Built Me’
Songwriters: Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin

Songwriters: Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, John Driskell Hopkins and Shawn Mullins

‘White Liar’
Songwriters: Miranda Lambert and Natalie Hemby

Musical Event of the Year

Bad Angel‘ – Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson

Can’t You See‘ – Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock

Hillbilly Bone’ – Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins

I’m Alive‘ – Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews

Till the End‘ – Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack

Music Video
(Award goes to artist and director)

‘Hillbilly Bone’
Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
Director: Roman White
Watch the ‘Hillbilly Bone’ Video

‘Need You Now’
Lady Antebellum
Director: David McClister
Watch the ‘Need You Now’ Video

‘The House That Built Me’
Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Watch ‘The House That Built Me’ Video

Brad Paisley
Director: Jim Shea
Watch the ‘Water’ Video

‘White Liar’
Miranda Lambert
Director: Chris Hickey
Watch the ‘White Liar’ Video


Paul Frankin — Steel Guitar
Dann Huff — Guitar
Brent Mason — Guitar
Mac McAnally — Guitar
Randy Scruggs — Guitar

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