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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton among first performers announced for the 2013 CMA Awards

by Brandy McDonnell Published: October 7, 2013
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton (AP file)
Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton (AP file)

Country music power couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, who live in Tishomingo, are among the first performers announced for the Country Music Association’s upcoming awards show

Shelton, the reigning CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, and Lambert, the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, join three-time nominee this year Jason Aldean, three-time nominee this year Luke Bryan, reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town, former CMA Entertainer of the Year Tim McGraw,  two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift, and former CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban as the first announced performers, revealed today.

Hosted for the sixth consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Checotah native Carrie Underwood, the 47th Annual CMA Awards will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6 on the ABC Television Network.

Lambert is among this year’s top nominees, with three individual nominations (Female Vocalist of the Year, and Single and Music Video of the Year for “Mama’s Broken Heart”) and two with Pistol Annies (Music Video and Musical Event of the Year for “Boys ‘Round Here” with Shelton). Lambert is a six-time CMA winner with 25 career CMA Awards nominations.

Shelton finds himself tied with Lambert this year with five nominations, including Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for “Based On A True Story …” and Musical Event and Music Video of the Year for “Boys ‘Round Here” with Pistol Annies. Shelton has taken home the Male Vocalist of the Year trophy for the past three years (2010-2012), and is a six-time CMA Award winner.

Aldean is nominated this year for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Bryan and Eric Church. Aldean is a two-time CMA Award winner with 13 career CMA Awards nominations.

Nominated this year for Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year, and Musical Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Aldean and Church, Bryan has seven career CMA Awards nominations. He was first nominated in 2010 for New Artist of the Year and has been a presence at the CMA Awards every year since. This marks his first nomination for the night’s highest honor, CMA Entertainer of the Year.

Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town is nominated in that category again, as well as for Album of the Year for “Tornado” and Music Video of the Year for the album’s title track. In addition to their win last year for Vocal Group of the Year, their song “Pontoon” was named Single of the Year.

One of the top CMA Award winners of all time, McGraw has won 12 trophies throughout his career, including two for Male Vocalist of the Year and one for Entertainer of the Year. He is a three-time nominee this year, with nods for Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with Swift and Urban. He has 33 career CMA Awards nominations.

Swift, a seven-time CMA Award winner, is a top nominee this year with six nominations, including Entertainer and Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for RED, and Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with McGraw and Urban, bringing her total career CMA Awards nominations to 21.

Male Vocalist of the Year nominee Urban is also nominated for Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with McGraw and Swift. Urban has been named Male Vocalist of the Year three times (2004-2006) and is a six-time CMA Award winner with 29 career CMA Awards nominations.

-BAM


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...
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