CMT — Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban have been confirmed as performers for the 48th annual CMA Awards, taking place Nov. 5 in Nashville. As reported earlier, Luke Bryan will also perform on the show.
Lambert leads the field with nine awards nominations, while Urban tallies four and Shelton is up for three. All three are competing against Bryan and George Strait for the night’s top award, entertainer of the year.
Set to air on ABC, the 48th annual CMA Awards will be hosted for the seventh year in a row by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
Last night (September 09, 2014) Miranda walked the red carpet and performed at Fashion Rocks at the Barclays Center in New York City. Miranda definitely rocked the house wearing a red Valentina Kova jumpsuit as she performed Little Red Wagon she also wore a black suit ensemble while walking the red carpet. She also rocked two different hairstyles (I liked her red carpet look the best). Check out the photos in the gallery and the performance video and interview above.
ABC News — Miranda Lambert released the most ambitious album of her career earlier this year and Country Music Association voters responded by giving her a record-tying load of nominations.
Lambert has nine nominations for the 48th annual CMA Awards, tying her own mark for the most nods to a female nominee, and nearly doubling her nearest competitor when the list was announced Wednesday in New York. Dierks Bentley is next with five nominations and Eric Church and Keith Urban have four apiece.
The 30-year-old Lambert is up for top honor entertainer of the year along with husband Blake Shelton and has nominations for major categories album of the year for “Platinum,” song and single of the year for “Automatic,” and is vying for her fifth straight female vocalist of the year trophy. She’s been among the top CMA nominees and winners since “Revolution” won album of the year in 2010 and now has 34 CMA nominations — behind Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn among women.
Urban, George Strait and Luke Bryan round out the entertainer of the year category where Lambert and Bryan are seeking their first win in that category. Bryan and Urban also are up for album of the year. Bryan’s “Crash My Party” and Urban’s “Fuse” join Bentley’s “Riser” and Church’s “The Outsiders” in the category.
New artist of the year nominees are Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.
Bryan and Shelton are tied with Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood with three nominations apiece. The nominations were announced on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and at a news conference by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town. Underwood and Brad Paisley host the Nov. 5 show live from Nashville, Tennessee.
Lambert padded out her list of nominations with two apiece in the vocal event (“Somethin’ Bad” with Underwood and “We Were Us” with Urban) and music video (“Automatic” and “Somethin’ Bad”) categories. “Automatic,” the first single from “Platinum” written with Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby, was nominated for both song and single of the year as well. Lambert tied with Merle Haggard for second-most nominations overall. Only Alan Jackson in 2002 had more nominations in a single year with 10.
Lambert celebrated her collaborators in an email to The Associated Press.
“I woke up in NYC this morning to such great news!” wrote Lambert, who’s on tour in the area. “Not only am I so happy to be nominated but I’m happy to celebrate my husband’s and friends’ nominations! Natalie and Nicolle are two of the best songwriters I know and I’m so thrilled to share this with them. And also to be in a category with Carrie and Keith!”
Shelton and Lambert will be attempting to extend their record streak of wins by a married couple in the male and female vocalist categories. Each has won four straight. Lambert will be competing against Underwood, Musgraves, Taylor Swift and Martina McBride. Shelton faces Bentley, Bryan, Church and Urban.
The haul of nominations was a career best for Bentley, whose album “Riser” includes personal material from his own life, including his reaction to his father’s death and the birth of his son.
“It was totally unexpected,” Bentley said. “Dude, I’m not the guy who gets nominated. I’m the guy who knows the guy who gets nominated. That’s not who I am. I’m the guy who sits in the chair with my wife when the cameras come in close to get the ‘you just lost’ reaction shot.”
Voters have an interesting choice to make in the entertainer of the year category. Lambert and Bryan are arguably the genre’s top stars and voters could justifiably reward either with a trophy that goes hand in hand with superstar status. Strait is seeking his second consecutive win in the category after announcing he would retire from the road. He played his final concert earlier this year, setting attendance records at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. And “American Idol” judge Urban and “The Voice” coach Shelton remain two of country’s most visible stars.
Urban won the entertainer award in 2005 and says he felt a “euphoria” when he learned he was back among the nominees. The category signals that a performer has reached the top of the genre in many ways, including as an artist, a live performer and a role model.
“The criteria for entertainer is a mix of things, but I guess for me I’ve always considered it to be hopefully primarily about the kind of show that we put on and entertaining people at the live concerts,” Urban said in a phone interview. “I know it’s about more than that, but for me it’s really been about that, about putting on a tour. That’s something I’ve always taken with intense passion, detail and care, and so to get that nomination is extraordinary.”
Deadline.Com — Country music star Miranda Lambert is collaborating on the female comedy script Something In The Water penned by celebrated country music video director Trey Fanjoy and screenwriter Cindy McCreery. The strong female-led project is a multi-generational ensemble piece set in the heartland; Lambert would take on one of the roles in the romp about five women challenging their men in a bass fishing competition. The project, which Fanjoy also hopes to direct, is said be in the vein of Bridesmaids meets Steel Magnolias.
Lambert and Fanjoy have long collaborated. In fact, for about a decade. Fanjoy directed Lambert’s first music video for the singer’s first single and has, subsequently, helmed the country artist’s videos on her game-changing hits — “Kerosene,” “The House That Built Me,” “Fastest Girl In Town,” “Over You,” “Mama’s Broken Heart” and the singer’s most recent hit video “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood (which has been viewed over 10 million times since bowing last month and has pulled record-breaking view numbers for Viacom and its County Music Television). Together, Lambert and Fanjoy have racked up numerous awards, most recently this past June when Lambert won Female Video of the Year for the song “Automatic,” directed (once again) by Fanjoy.