Miranda Lambert garners five CMA nominations
By Vernell Hackett
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - Texas country music singing sensation Miranda Lambert captured five Country Music Association nominations on Tuesday in three categories and will compete against her fiance Blake Shelton when the CMA hands out its annual awards on November 10.
Lambert will join Dierks Bentley on Wednesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York to announce the nominees in five more categories, including the top CMA prize of Entertainer of the Year -- won by Taylor Swift in 2009.
The annual awards show -- billed as country music's biggest night -- will be broadcast by ABC, with repeat hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.
Lambert, whose traditional lyrics are backed by a rock and roll-style band, will compete in the "Video of the year" and "Single of the year" categories with Shelton. She also was nominated as a songwriter.
Lambert's two song entries are "The House That Built Me" and "White Liar," and Shelton and Trace Adkins will compete with their hit, "Hillbilly Bone."
"New Artist of the year" nominees were Chris Young, Luke Bryan, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann and the Zac Brown Band.
"It's great to be here, on this stage, to hear my name called for my first CMA nomination," said singer-guitarist Young, 24, who shared the moment at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville with his parents and grandparents.
Joshua Scott Jones, who with Meghan Linsey makes up the duo Steel Magnolia, said their nomination for "Vocal duo of the year" alongside their heroes Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland was both "exciting and humbling."
(Writing by Andrew Stern, editing by Vicki Allen)
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