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Miranda Lambert tops CMA Awards nominations with nine

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) Co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood present during the 46th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 1, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images) Image by Getty Images

Miranda Lambert tops CMA Awards nominations with nine

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Sep 3, 2014

Miranda Lambert topped the nominations for "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" with nods in nine categories, matching a record she sent in 2010 for female nominees. Alan Jackson continues to hold the overall record for single year nominations. He earned 10 in 2002.

In this years's categories, Dierks Bentley earned five nominations, Eric Church and Keith Urban each scored four, and the triple nominees are Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood.

Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town -- Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Philip Sweet -- joined CMA Award winner Darius Rucker on Wednesday morning on "Good Morning America" to announce nominees in the first five major categories, and Little Big Town earned a nomination of their own in the Vocal Group of the Year category.

A full press conference live stream followed at 10 a.m. ET at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to reveal the seven remaining categories.

Her nominations Wednesday morning bring Miranda's career total of CMA nominations to 34. Reba McEntire continues to hold the record for female artist nominations with 49, followed by Dolly Parton (44) and Loretta Lynn (39), making Miranda fourth on the list.

George Strait, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, retains his status as the most nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 83, including his newest nomination in the Entertainer field.


Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan

Miranda Lambert

Blake Shelton

George Strait

Keith Urban


Album of the Year

“Crash My Party” - Luke Bryan | Produced by: Jeff Stevens | Capitol Records Nashville

“Fuse” - Keith Urban | Produced by: Benny Blanco, Nathan Chapman, Ross Copperman, Zach Crowell, Mike Elizondo, Dann Huff, Jay Joyce, Stargate, Keith Urban, Butch Walker | Capitol Records Nashville

“Platinum” - Miranda Lambert | Produced by: Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf | RCA Records Nashville

“Riser” - Dierks Bentley | Produced by: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora, Jaren Johnston | Capitol Records Nashville

“The Outsiders” - Eric Church | Produced by: Jay Joyce, Arturo Buenahora | EMI Records Nashville


Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert

Martina McBride

Kacey Musgraves

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood


Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Blake Shelton

Keith Urban


Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band


Vocal Duo of the Year

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Love & Theft

The Swon Brothers

Thompson Square  


Single of the Year

"Automatic" - Miranda Lambert | Producers: Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf and Chuck Ainlay) | RCA Nashville

"Drunk on a Plane" - Dierks Bentley | Producers: Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston and Arturo Buenahora, Jr. | Capitol Records Nashville

"Give Me Back my Hometown" - Eric Church | Producers: Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr. | EMI Records Nashville

"Meanwhile Back at Mama's" - Tim McGraw and Faith Hill | Producers: Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw) | Big Machine Records

"Mine Would Be You" - Blake Shelton | Producer: Scott Hendricks | Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville 


Song of the Year

"Automatic" - Miranda Lambert | Songwriters: Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert

"Follow Your Arrow" - Kacey Musgraves | Songwriters: Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally

"Give Me Back My Hometown" - Eric Church | Songwriters: Eric Church and Luke Laird

"I Don't Dance" - Lee Brice | Songwriters: Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Dallas Davidson

"I Hold On" - Dierks Bentley  | Songwriters: Brett James, Dierks Bentley


Music Video of the Year

"Automatic"- Miranda Lambert | Director: Trey Fanjoy

"Bartender" - Lady Antebellum | Director: Shane Drake

"Drunk on a Plane" - Dierks Bentley | Director: Wes Edwards

"Follow Your Arrow" - Kacey Musgraves | Directors: Kacey Musgraves and Honey

"Somethin' Bad" - Miranda Lambert featuring. Carrie Underwood | Director: Trey Fanjoy


Musical Event of the Year

"Bakersfield" - Vince Gill and Paul Franklin | Mercury Nashville

"Meanwhile Back at Mama's" - Tim McGraw featuring. Faith Hill | Big Machine

"Somethin' Bad" - Miranda Lambert featuring. Carrie Underwood | RCA Nashville

"We Were Us" - Keith Urban featuring. Miranda Lambert | Capitol

"You Can't Make Old Friends" - Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton | Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville


New Artist of the Year

Brandy Clark

Brett Eldredge

Kip Moore

Thomas Rhett

Cole Swindell 


Musician of the Year

Sam Bush (Mandolin)

Jerry Douglas (Dobro)

Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)

Dann Huff (Guitar)

Mac McAnally (Guitar)


Tickets for the show go on sale to the public Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. CT on Ticketmaster. 

Hosted for the seventh time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, "The 48th Annual CMA Awards" air on ABC Nov. 5.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.