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Miranda Lambert tops CMA Awards nominations with recording-matching 9 nods; Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Swon Brothers, Thompson Square, Brett James also earn nominations

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: September 3, 2014 at 11:15 am •  Published: September 3, 2014
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Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert tops the list of final nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards with nine nominations, matching the record she set in 2010 – the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards. AP file photo.
Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert tops the list of final nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards with nine nominations, matching the record she set in 2010 – the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards. AP file photo.

Tishomingo resident Miranda Lambert tops the list of final nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards with nine nominations, matching the record she set in 2010 – the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards.

Lambert’s husband and fellow Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton earned three nods, as did Checotah native Carrie Underwood when the nominations for the Country Music Association’s annual awards extravaganza were announced this morning.

Other nominees with Oklahoma ties include Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, newcomers The Swon Brothers, duo Thompson Square and songwriter Brett James.

The 48th Annual CMA Awards will broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5 on the ABC Television Network. For the seventh time, Underwood and fellow superstar Brad Paisley will co-host the show.

As previously reported, this morning’s announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made live for the ninth year on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” with Little Big Town and Darius Rucker delivering the news from the heart of New York City’s Times Square. They then went to the Best Buy Theater to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories during a press conference that was made available across the world via live stream at CMAawards.com.

Lambert is nominated for the top award, Entertainer of the Year (she received her first nomination in this category in 2010), as well as Female Vocalist; Album for “Platinum,” which was produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf; two nominations for Musical Event for her duets “Somethin’ Bad” with  Underwood and “We Were Us” with Keith Urban; and two nominations for Music Video of the Year for “Automatic” and “Somethin’ Bad” with Underwood, which were both directed by Trey Fanjoy. In addition, “Automatic” picked up nominations for Single (produced by Liddell, Ainlay, and Worf) and Song of the Year for songwriters Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, and Lambert.

This year’s haul brings Lambert’s career CMA Awards nominations to 34, according to a news release. Oklahoma native Reba McEntire holds the record for female artist nominations with 49, followed by Dolly Parton with 44 and Loretta Lynn with 39, which places Lambert fourth on the list.

With nine nominations, Lambert also matched the record she set in 2010 for the most nominations in a single year for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards. Alan Jackson received 10 nominations in 2002. Prior to that, Merle Haggard held the record with nine in 1970.

Shelton, who is the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year, is nominated three times, for Entertainer (which means he and his wife will be competing against each other in the top category); Male Vocalist; and Single of the Year for “Mine Would Be You,” which was produced by fellow Oklahoma native Scott Hendricks.

Along with co-hosting the show, Underwood will carry in three nomination, for Female Vocalist as well as Music Video and Musical Event of the Year with Lambert for “Somethin’ Bad.”

The Female Vocalist of the Year category is an interesting one to watch in 2014 with several records on the line, according to the release. In addition to Lambert and Underwood, Kacey Musgraves, Martina McBride and Taylor Swift are nominated. Three women have won this award four times, including Lambert (2010-2013), McBride (1999, 2002-2004), and Reba (1984-1987). With a win, Lambert or McBride could set a new record; if Underwood wins, there would be a four-way tie in the category for most wins to date.

Gill, who was born in Norman and raised in Oklahoma City, also is a contender in the Musical Event category. Gill, who hosted the CMA Awards a record 12 times and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, and Paul Franklin, his bandmate in the 11-piece Western swing supergroup The Time Jumpers, are nominated for Musical Event of the Year for their collaborative album “Bakersfield.”

Muskogee’s The Swon Brothers, along with Dan + Shay, are first-time nominees in the category of Vocal Duo of the Year. They join reigning CMA Vocal Duo winners Florida Georgia Line; Love and Theft, who have been nominated three times in the category; and Thompson Square, the pairing of Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and wife Shawna, who won the trophy in 2012.

James, who grew up in Oklahoma City and Cordell, shares one of Dierks Bentley’s five nominations. He co-wrote with Bentley the uplifting ballad “I Hold On,” which is nominated for Song of the Year.

Winners of the 48th Annual CMA Awards will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the Country Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP. The third and final ballot will be emailed to CMA members Thursday, Oct. 9. Voting for the CMA Awards final ballot ends at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27.

Tickets for the 48th Annual CMA Awards go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com; by calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, 501 Broadway in Nashville. CMA Awards information is available at CMAawards.com. Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #CMAawards.

The 47th Annual CMA Awards on ABC dominated the night in 2013 in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 (16.8 million and 4.7/13), winning each half-hour and out delivering runner-up CBS by 7.4 million viewers and by 114 percent in Adults 18-49. In fact, with the broad-appealing Awards special the Network swept the evening, finishing No. 1 in Viewers, all key Adult demos (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54) and Teens 12-17 – and was the top broadcaster with Kids 2-11.

The 2013 CMA Awards was up by double digits from the previous year’s telecast (Nov. 1, 2012), gaining 23 percent in Total Viewers and 24 percent in Adults 18-49. The CMA Awards drew its biggest audience in four years, representing its second-most-watched broadcast in eight years (since 2009 and 2005, respectively). In addition, the CMA Awards shot up 41 percent year-to-year with Men 18-34 (3.1/11 vs. 2.2/8) to a nine-year high – since 2004.

The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on television for the first time – making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network TV. The CMA Awards have aired on ABC since 2006. ABC will be the network home of the CMA Awards and CMA’s other two television properties, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” and “CMA Country Christmas,” through 2021.

Here are the 2014 CMA Awards nominations, with Oklahomans marked with an *:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Luke Bryan
*Miranda Lambert
*Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
*
“Automatic”
Miranda Lambert
Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf
RCA Nashville

“Drunk On A Plane”
Dierks Bentley
Produced by Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
Capitol Records Nashville

“Give Me Back My Hometown”
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
EMI Records Nashville

“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
Produced by Byron Gallimore and Tim McGraw
Big Machine

*“Mine Would Be You”
Blake Shelton
Produced by Scott Hendricks
Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Artist and Producer(s))
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, and Butch Walker
Capitol Records Nashville

*”Platinum
Miranda Lambert
Produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf
RCA Nashville

“Riser
Dierks Bentley
Produced by Ross Copperman, Jaren Johnston, and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
Capitol Records Nashville

“The Outsiders”
Eric Church
Produced by Jay Joyce and Arturo Buenahora, Jr.
EMI Records Nashville

SONG OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
“Automatic”
Nicolle Galyon, Natalie Hemby, and Miranda Lambert

“Follow Your Arrow”
Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, and Shane McAnally

“Give Me Back My Hometown”
Eric Church and Luke Laird

“I Don’t Dance”
Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, and Dallas Davidson

*“I Hold On”
Brett James and Dierks Bentley

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 and Theft
*The Swon Brothers
*Thompson Square

MUSICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR
(Award goes to each artist)
*”
Bakersfield”
Vince Gill and Paul Franklin
Mercury Nashville

“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
Big Machine

*“Somethin’ Bad”
Miranda Lambert duet with Carrie Underwood
RCA Nashville

*“We Were Us”
Keith Urban featuring Miranda Lambert
Capitol Records Nashville

“You Can’t Make Old Friends”
Kenny Rogers duet with Dolly Parton
Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville

MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Sam Bush (Mandolin)
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar)

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
*
“Automatic”
Miranda Lambert
Directed by Trey Fanjoy

“Bartender”
Lady Antebellum
Directed by Shane Drake

“Drunk On A Plane”
Dierks Bentley
Directed by Wes Edwards

“Follow Your Arrow”
Kacey Musgraves
Directed by Kacey Musgraves and Honey

*“Somethin’ Bad”
Miranda Lambert duet with Carrie Underwood
Directed by Trey Fanjoy

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Brandy Clark
Brett Eldredge
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell

-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 than 1...
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