The CMA Award nominations were announced yesterday and MIRANDA LAMBERT came up big with a total of nine, including Entertainer of the Year, Best Female Vocalist, and Album of the Year for "Platinum".
DIERKS BENTLEY had a strong showing, picking up five nominations, while KEITH URBAN and ERIC CHURCH had four apiece.
Entertainer of the Year always gets the most attention and Miranda could break through, but the competition is stiff. She's up against Luke Bryan, who had a monster year, plus Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, and sentimental favoriteGeorge Strait.
It's interesting to see JASON ALDEN getting completely shut out. That could be fallout from going public with home wrecker BRITTANY KERR. And a nice surprise is BRANDY CLARK getting nominations for Best New Artist, and Song of the Year as cowriter for "Follow Your Arrow".
"The 48th Annual CMA Awards" are going down November 5th on ABC. CARRIE UNDERWOOD and BRAD PAISLEY are back hosting for the seventh year in a row