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Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will co-host Thursday's CMA Awards for the fifth straight year

Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Thompson Square and Toby Keith are among CMA Awards nominees with Oklahoma ties.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: October 31, 2012
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Plus, Shelton, Lambert, Thompson Square and Toby Keith are among the CMA Awards nominees.

Tishomingo residents Shelton and Lambert will compete for four awards each, and the couple is nominated together for song of the year for Lambert's heartbreaking hit “Over You.” The song of the year prize is awarded to songwriters. The pair, who wed in 2011, penned the emotional ballad about the death of Shelton's older brother Richie in a car accident.

Plus, Shelton has a shot at the CMA Awards' top prize, entertainer of the year, along with Paisley, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and current titleholder Taylor Swift.

The Ada native also is nominated for male vocalist of the year, an award he won the past two years, and single of the year for his chart-topping ballad “God Gave Me You,” produced by fellow Oklahoma native Scott Hendricks. Plus, contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Dave Barnes received a song of the year nomination for penning “God Gave Me You.”

Along with singing solo on the show, Shelton will join Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Lady Antebellum in performing a special tribute to Willie Nelson.

In addition to her song of the year nomination, Lambert is nominated for music video of the year for “Over You,” directed by Trey Fanjoy. The Texas native also will vie for female vocalist of the year, an award she earned the past two years, and album of the year for “Four the Record,” produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay and Glenn Worf. Her previous album, “Revolution,” won the category in 2010.

Thompson Square, another husband-and-wife team with Oklahoma ties, received two CMA Awards nominations. Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and wife Shawna are nominated for the second straight year in both the vocal duo and new artist categories.

Norman resident Toby Keith garnered his 28th career CMA nomination in the music video of the year category for his viral smash “Red Solo Cup,” directed by Michael Saloman.

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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