Checotah native Carrie Underwood will compete for a leading five prizes, and Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert will vie for four trophies when the 11th annual CMT Music Awards are handed out June 6.
Women dominated the field, and Oklahomans were well represented when the nominations for the fan-voted awards show were announced Monday morning on the “Today” show. Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Thompson Square, Toby Keith and Vince Gill also are among the nominees with state ties.
Underwood earned two nominations in the top category, video of the year: one for “Good Girl,” the video to her up-tempo first single from her forthcoming album “Blown Away,” and one for “Remind Me,” the mini-movie for her chart-topping duet with fellow country superstar Brad Paisley. She also received a female video of the year nod for “Good Girl,” and she and Paisley share a collaborative video of the year nomination for “Remind Me.”
Also, Underwood, the 2005 “American Idol” winner, and Steven Tyler, now an “Idol” judge and Aerosmith frontman, are nominated for CMT Performance of the Year for their medley “Just a Dream/Dream On” from “CMT Crossroads: Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood From the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam.”
Lambert received two nominations for her solo work and shares two with her cohorts in her all-girl trio Pistol Annies. The Texas native is nominated for video and female video of the year for the mini-movie to her heartbreaking hit “Over You.” The Pistol Annies, which include Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe, garnered nods for group video and USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Hell on Heels,” their sultry debut single.
Lambert's husband and fellow Tishomingo resident, Blake Shelton, earned three nominations, with the video for his heartfelt ballad “God Gave Me You” getting nods for video of the year and male video of the year. Plus, the Ada native will compete for CMT Performance of the Year for his cover of the movie theme “Footloose” from “Invitation Only: Blake Shelton.”
List of nominees
To see the full list of nominees, go to Brandy McDonnell's blog, BAM's Blog, at blog.NewsOK.com/bams