2010 CMA Awards Nominees You Don't Want to Miss

From favorites (Miranda Lambert!) to newcomers (The Band Perry!), see who's fighting for top country honors Nov. 10

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MIRANDA LAMBERT

MIRANDA LAMBERT
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Hometown: Lindale, Texas
Nominations: Lambert, 27, is up for nine awards this year (including entertainer and female vocalist of the year), the most nominations ever by a female artist.
Download: "The House That Built Me"
House Swap: Lambert heard the demo of "The House That Built Me," which was originally sent to her fiancé, Blake Shelton, by his music label, while driving with with him one day. The rest, as they say, is history.

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BRAD PAISLEY

BRAD PAISLEY
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Hometown: Glen Dale, W. Va.
Nominations: Though Paisley, 38, has 13 CMA trophies, he's never won entertainer of the year, one of three awards he's up for this year.
Download: "Water"
Opry Man: The big-time Opry supporter got emotional at the September re-opening of the legendary country-music venue following the devastating Nashville floods."It's good to be home tonight; I feel like we've all come home," he told the crowd.

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LADY ANTEBELLUM

LADY ANTEBELLUM
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Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Nominations: The trio of Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott is up for five awards, including top vocal group (an honor they stole from six-year reigning champs Rascal Flatts at last year's CMAs) and the hotly contested entertainer of the year.
Download: "Need You Now"
Famous Family Ties: Kelley's older brother is singer Josh Kelley, husband of actress Katherine Heigl.

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KEITH URBAN

KEITH URBAN
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Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Nominations: The Aussie, 43, is nominated for entertainer and male vocalist of the year.
Download: "Hit the Ground Runnin'"
Father-Daughter Duet: Urban's daughter Sunday Rose, 2, may have mom Nicole Kidman's legs, but she seems to share dad's musical gifts. "I sit her at the piano every morning," Urban tells PEOPLE. "We play. We mash the keys together."

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ZAC BROWN BAND

ZAC BROWN BAND
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Hometown: Dahlonega, Ga.
Nominations: The rowdy six-member group – Zac Brown, Jimmy De Martini, John Driskell Hopkins, Coy Bowles, Chris Fryar and Clay Cook – is up for four awards, including new artist and entertainer of the year.
Download: "As She's Walking Away"
Odd Man Out: Lead singer Brown will soon be outnumbered 5-1 in his household. He recently announced a fourth addition to his all-girl brood – another girl to join big sisters Justice, Lucy and Georgia Sloan.

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REBA MCENTIRE

REBA MCENTIRE
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Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Nominations: The country music matriarch is up for top female vocalist honors.
Download: "Turn On the Radio"
Beyoncé's Soul Sister: Following in Liza Minnelli's footsteps, McEntire wowed fans with an acoustic rendition of Beyoncés "If I Were a Boy" on CMT's Unplugged in May.

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TAYLOR SWIFT

TAYLOR SWIFT
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Hometown: Hendersonville, Tenn.
Nominations: The 20-year-old, who in 2009 became the youngest-ever winner of the CMA's top trophy, entertainer of the year, battles Reba and, Miranda and Carrie for top female vocalist honors this time around.
Download: "Speak Now"
100% Taylor-Made: Swift wrote and composed all the songs on her latest album Speak Now, which sold more than a million copies in its first week of release.

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CARRIE UNDERWOOD

CARRIE UNDERWOOD
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Hometown: Checotah, Okla.
Nominations: The three-time CMA Awards co-host nabbed two nominations – top female vocalist and album of the year.
Download: "Undo It"
He Completes Her: The 27-year-old is still gushing about her newly married status, telling PEOPLE of her hockey star husband, "Mike [Fisher]'s the missing piece to my puzzle – he's a few pieces."

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BLAKE SHELTON

BLAKE SHELTON
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Hometown: Ada, Okla.
Nominations: Shelton is up for four awards, including top male vocalist and music video of the year for "Hillbilly Bone," his duet with Trace Adkins.
Download: "Hillbilly Bone"
Dueling Duo: Shelton, 34, may be enjoying a "magical" engagement to Miranda Lambert, but he'll be duking it out with his fianc ée in three categories on awards night, including single of the year.

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GEORGE STRAIT

GEORGE STRAIT
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Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Nominations: The legendary star, who has released over 30 albums, received a nod for his latest album, Twang, and top male vocalist of the year.
Download: "Living for the Night"
King George: Strait has won the most CMA Awards of any artist, with 22 trophies and a whopping 81 nominations.

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RASCAL FLATTS

RASCAL FLATTS
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Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
Nominations: The trio of Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay DeMarcus are nominated for top vocal group, an award they've won six times.
Download: "Why Wait"
Hollywood Stars: They may be country, but the band will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.

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EASTON CORBIN

EASTON CORBIN
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Hometown: Gilchrist County, Fla.
Nominations: Rising star Corbin received his first CMA nods for top new artist and single of the year for his hit "A Little More Country Than That"
Download: "A Little More Country Than That"
Easy Target: Corbin, 27, who joined well-known prankster Brad Paisley on his H20 tour this fall, was pelted with bread rolls while singing "Roll With It" in Denver.

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THE BAND PERRY

THE BAND PERRY
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Hometown: Mobile, Ala.
Nominations: Lead vocalist Kimberly and her brothers Reid and Neil Perry received their first CMA nomination for vocal group of the year.
Download: "If I Die Young"
Ahead of the Game: Even before releasing their self-titled debut album in October, the band received their first CMA nod on the strength of their two singles, "If I Die Young" and "Hip to My Heart."

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SUGARLAND

SUGARLAND
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Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Nominations: As the three-time reigning vocal duo of the year, Jennifer Nettles, 36, and Kristian Bush, 40, are up for the award

again in 2010.

Download: "Stuck Like Glue"

Ho-ho-ho Cheer: Nettles, who will be hosting the CMA Country Christmas special airing Nov 29. on ABC, says, "I love the holidays, and since this is my first time hosting a show, I am sure it will be full of laughs and surprises both for myself and for the folks watching."

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LITTLE BIG TOWN

LITTLE BIG TOWN
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Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.

Nominations: The quartet of Kimberly Roads, Karen Fairchild, Jimi

Westbrook and Phillip Sweet received their fifth nomination for top vocal

group.

Download: "Little White Church"

Family Tour: The group is on the road with their brood of children who range from 5 months to 3. "You hear arguing over Dora the Explorer," says Fairchild, but insists "it's fun, we love it!"

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LUKE BRYAN

LUKE BRYAN
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Hometown: Leesburg, Ga.
Nominations: Bryan, 34, received his first ever CMA Awards nomination for new artist of the year.
Download: "Rain Is A Good Thing"
Fishing for Three: Bryan and his wife Caroline welcomed their second son, Tatum Christopher, in August. "All I ever hoped for was one boy and to have two, it's going to be fun," he tells PEOPLE. "I've already got new fishing spots picked out for us."

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JOEY + RORY

JOEY + RORY
Bryan Allen

Hometown: Pottsville, Tenn.
Nominations: The husband-wife duo – who got their break after coming in third on CMT's Can You Duet –received a second consecutive nomination for top vocal duo.
Download: "This Song's for You"
Country Living: When they're not on the road performing, they kick back at their farm alongside "a bunch of chickens and roosters, a dog and a couple cats and a cow named Shooter."

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