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Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum lead 2010 CMA nominations

Miranda Lambert tops CMA Awards with 9 nominations

She'll be celebrating with close friends Lady Antebellum and fiance Blake Shelton. Lady A earned the second most nominations with five and Shelton was next with four, tied with Zac Brown Band.

Lambert and Dierks Bentley announced nominations in five categories Wednesday morning on "Good Morning America." The first seven categories were announced Tuesday in Nashville.

Lambert, Lady A, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Keith Urban were nominated for entertainer of the year, the Country Music Association's top award.

Lambert, whose last album "Revolution" was widely hailed by her peers and critics, fell just short of Alan Jackson's overall record of 10 nominations, set in 2002. Merle Haggard is the only other artist to receive nine or more nominations.

The fiery Texan also earned nominations for female vocalist of the year, album of the year, single of the year for both "White Liar" and "The House That Built Me," song of the year for "White Liar," musical event for "Bad Angel" with Bentley and Jamey Johnson, and video of the year for both "White Liar" and "House."

Lady A continued to ride the success of "Need You Now," the year's top-selling country album. Along with the entertainer nod, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott received nominations for vocal group of the year, for album of the year, single of the year and music video of the year.

Zac Brown Band also is up for vocal group of the year, new artist of the year and musical event for "Can't You See" featuring Kid Rock. The Atlanta six-piece is the first act to be nominated for both entertainer and new artist in the same year since Ricky Skaggs in 1982.

Shelton, who proposed to Lambert earlier this year, is up for male vocalist of the year, and his collaboration with Trace Adkins on "Hillbilly Bone" earned him nominations for single, music event and video of the year. That means Adkins also has three nominations.

Paisley moved into No. 3 on the CMA's list of career nominations with three nods, including music video of the year and male vocalist, which he's won three consecutive times. Paisley has been nominated every year since 2000 and has 52 career nods. Only George Strait (81, including two this year) and Alan Jackson (79) have more.

Bentley also has three nominations with nods for male vocalist of the year, album of the year for "Up On The Ridge" and the "Bad Angel" collaboration.

The CMA Awards show will be aired live on ABC on Nov. 10 in Nashville.




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Brad Paisley takes CMA entertainer of the year
By CHRIS TALBOTT, AP Entertainment Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Country Music Association Awards were Miranda Lambert's and Blake Shelton's party, but Brad Paisley crashed the festivities.

Lambert won three awards, including album of the year, on her 27th birthday and her fiance Shelton grabbed two. But an emotional Paisley, a young gun who's grown up in front of everyone's eyes, walked away with the coveted entertainer of the year award after five years of waiting.

"My hero Little Jimmy Dickens has a saying, that is if you see a turtle on a fencepost it had help getting up there and I'm the turtle on the fencepost at this point," Paisley said.

Country's "it" couple this year after their spring engagement, Lambert and Shelton cleaned up while winning their first CMA awards. Lambert won female vocalist of the year, album of the year for "Revolution" and video of the year for "The House That Built Me," which also scored song of the year for songwriters Tom Douglas and Allan Shamblin.

And Shelton won music event of the year for "Hillbilly Bone" with Trace Adkins before ending Brad Paisley's string of three straight male vocalist awards.

The reaction around their night was festive.

"Ooooh, shake it up CMA," Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles said as she watched Shelton on his way to the stage after winning male vocalist.

And Paisley, who hosted the show with Carrie Underwood, joked: "After the night that Blake and Miranda are having, I think we can expect a baby in about nine months."

Lambert was the center of the show in many ways. She led all nominees with nine, performed "That's The Way That the World Goes Round" and joined Loretta Lynn and Sheryl Crow for a rendition of Lynn's classic "Coal Miner's Daughter."

Lynn handed her the female vocalist trophy.

"I'm proud that I can now call her a friend," she said before turning to Lynn. Thank you so much," she said as she started to cry, "Thank you for everything you've done." She then shouted, "Thank you, Reba," and waved at an emotional Reba McEntire.

A few minutes later during a backstage interview, Lynn hailed Lambert: "Nobody in country music is more country than Miranda."

Shelton, who has long felt like an outsider in Nashville, gave Lambert a bear hug after his name was announced for male vocalist. He then stomped on each step as he walked up to the stage. McEntire, wife of Shelton's manager, Narvel Blackstock, openly cried as Shelton made his way to the stage.

"It's about 34 years worth of steps right there for me, y'all," Shelton said. "This is a really big deal for me."

Hailed by critics and musicians as the best album of the year, "Revolution" completed a sweep of major country music awards Lambert's 27th birthday.

"'Revolution' truly has caused a revolution in my life this year," Lambert said.

Lambert has been front and center in Nashville since appearing on "Nashville Star" in 2003, finishing third, and her previous albums "Kerosene" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" were well received. But "Revolution," released in September 2009, took her to a different level of the atmosphere.

She landed her first No. 1 songs, "White Liar" and "The House That Built Me," took three trophies at The Academy of Country Music Awards in April, including album of the year, and recently reached 1 million in sales.

The album is a lot like Lambert — sassy, refreshingly honest, and a heck of a good time. Critics loved the CD, but so did her fellow musicians. That led to a record for the most nominations for a woman in the 44-year history of the CMAs and the second most overall. Both of her No. 1 hits were nominated in two categories, song and single of the year.

Lady Antebellum had nothing to be blue about, riding their hit "Need You Now" to wins for single of the year and vocal group. The hit song about late-night hookups helped Lady A sell 3 million albums so far this year.

"Thank you to my brother, Josh Kelley, for making me to move to Nashville six years ago, I love you," Lady A vocalist Charles Kelley said after his band took single of the year.

Charles Kelley made the journey with his good buddy Dave Haywood and the two met Hillary Scott a short time later. The rest has been nonstop success with their second album, "Need You Now," selling more than 3 million copies this year.

The Zac Brown Band won new artist of the year and Sugarland took vocal duo of the year. The festivities also attracted Gwyneth Paltrow, who joined Vince Gill to perform the song "Country Strong" from an upcoming movie.

Hosts Paisley and Carrie Underwood joined Keith Urban to kick off the show with "Songs Like This" before the hosts returned to poke lighthearted fun at the stars and current events.

"Nashville had a flood and it barely made news," they sang, "while up through the gulf came a bubbling crude."

They also made fun at Tiger Woods and Brett Favre, singing, "She caught Tiger with some tail it's plain to see, and Brett Favre has taken up photography."

Paisley has been nominated for the entertainer award every year since 2005. One of country music's top draws, he became the face of Nashville during last spring's devastating floods and spread the gospel of country music across the country with his wildly successful H2O Tour.

He took a moment to tell the crowd how his grandfather, a Buck Owens and Johnny Cash fan, urged him to play guitar because it would ensure he'd never be lonely.

"And I don't think he ever thought that it would draw 20,000 people," a tearful Paisley said.


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Winners at the 44rd Annual CMA Awards
By The Associated Press

Winners at Wednesday's 44th annual Country Music Association Awards:

- Entertainer of the Year: Brad Paisley

- Single: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum

- Album: "Revolution," Miranda Lambert

- Song: "The House That Built Me," Tom Doughas, Allen Shamblin (Miranda Lambert)

- Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert

- Male Vocalist: Blake Shelton

- Vocal Group: Lady Antebellum

- Vocal Duo: Sugarland

- Musical Event: "Hillbilly Bone," Blake Shelton (featuring Trace Adkins)

- Musician: Mac McAnally

- Music Video: "The House That Built Me," Miranda Lambert

- New Artist: Zac Brown Band


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