Lambert leads Academy of Country Music nominees

Tue Feb 1, 2011 11:07am EST
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By Vernell Hackett

NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Miranda Lambert, one of country music's hottest entertainers, led the way on Tuesday with seven nominations for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, including her first Entertainer of the Year nod.

Lambert learned firsthand of her haul, reading out the list of nominees with Ronnie Dunn on "The Early Show" on CBS from the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.

Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton will co-host the annual awards show, which will be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 3, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

As a teenager getting started on her music career in Texas, Lambert dreamed of one day capturing Entertainer of the Year honors. "Ten years later, here I am," the 27-year-old said in an interview with Reuters.

"I did get a sneak peak at a few of the categories so I knew my fiance Blake Shelton was nominated." Lambert said. "I didn't see the categories where I'm nominated so I really didn't know what was going to happen."

Dunn, of the former duo Brooks & Dunn, said of Lambert, "when you add authenticity to talent it's hard to beat."

Lambert earned Top Female Vocalist and Vocal Event with Sheryl Crow and Loretta Lynn for the single "Coal Miner's Daughter" from the album "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn."

Lambert was also nominated for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for her smash hit "The House That Built Me," which was written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin. Lambert's tune "Only Prettier" was nominated for Video of the Year, as was "The House That Built Me."   Continued...