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First Round of CMA Nominations Put Miranda Lambert on Top

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The 44th Annual CMA Awards is shaping up to be a big night for Miranda Lambert – at least so far.

The singer scored five nominations for the country music award show – meaning she’ll go head-to-head with fiancé Blake Shelton in at least two categories – as the first round of nominations were announced at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium Tuesday morning.

Lambert picked up nods for single of the year and music video of the year for her songs “White Liar” and “The House That Built Me,” and a song of the year nomination (given to songwriters) for “White Liar.” Lambert will compete against Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone” for single of the year and music video of the year.

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Hot trio Lady Antebellum also scored big, with nods for vocal group of the year, single of the year, song of the year and music video of the year for “Need You Now.”

Other multiple nominees include newcomer Easton Corbin, up for new artist of the year (an all-male field this year) and single of the year for his tune, “A Little More Country Than That,” and Zac Brown Band for new artist and song of the year for “Toes.”

Nominees in the remaining five categories, including male and female vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year will be announced Wednesday by Lambert and Dierks Bentley on ABC’s Good Morning America.

The 44th Annual CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 10 and will be hosted for the third time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

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