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Miranda Lambert leads 2014 CMA Awards nominees

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Miranda Lambert tied her personal best for most Country Music Association (CMA) award nominations, besting the competition with nine nods.

Lambert, who received nine nominations in 2010, is up for the CMA Award for Entertainer, Female Vocalist; Album (Platinum), Musical Event (for “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood and for “We Were Us” with Keith Urban), Music Video (for “Automatic,” and “Somethin’ Bad” with Underwood), Single (“Automatic”) and Song (“Automatic”). This gives her a career total of 34 CMA nominations, behind only Reba McEntire (49), Dolly Parton (44) and Loretta Lynn (39).

Five nomination categories were announced this morning in New York on ABC News’ Good Morning America by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town, who then went to the Best Buy Theater in Times Square to announce the finalists in the remaining seven categories. The awards will be presented during The 48th Annual CMA Awards show on ABC on Nov. 5 from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, to be hosted for the seventh time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

Other big winners in the nominations sweepstakes included Dierks Bentley, who received five nominations; Eric Church and Keith Urban, each with four; and Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood with three each. Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and George Strait also received nominations.

Also at the Best Buy Theater, the CMA Foundation donated $125,000 to benefit music education programs for New York City’s public school students through a partnership with Education Through Music (ETM), a non-profit provider of music education to New York schools.

“This is our second grant to Education Through Music and we were delighted to make the announcement in New York and involve the students who are direct beneficiaries of this important initiative,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA CEO. “This program changes lives and we are proud to support a cause that brings music education to the students who need it most.”

The grant presentation was accompanied by a performance by New York school students.

Additionally, Trahern and public television concert series Front and Center’s executive producer Don Maggi, announced two upcoming hour-long Front and Center specials leading into the CMA Awards show.

The first is a special 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series celebration with Dierks Bentley leading an in-the-round performance with fellow songwriters Jim Beavers, Ross Copperman, Brett James, and Jon Randall, to begin airing on public television stations on Oct. 14. The second features Lady Antebellum performing in an intimate setting along with songwriters Rodney Clawson, Tom Douglas, Josh Kear, Luke Laird, and Abe Stoklasa, and begins airing Oct. 28.

Meanwhile, the CMA will be hosting a 10th Anniversary CMA Songwriters Series Show tonight at Best Buy, featuring Rucker, Bob DiPiero, Rivers Rutherford, Luke Laird.

Here are the complete 2014 CMA Awards nominations:

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

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