Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum Lead Initial Nominations for CMA Awards

Nominees in Seven of 12 Categories Announced Tuesday in Nashville

Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum emerged as the early leaders when the nominations for the 44th annual CMA Awards were announced Tuesday morning (Aug. 31) in Nashville.

Justin Moore and Chris Young revealed the nominees in seven categories during a press conference at the Ryman Auditorium. Lambert and Dierks Bentley will be in New York City on Wednesday (Sept. 1) to announce the nominees in the remaining five categories during the 8:30 a.m. segment of ABC’s Good Morning America.

In-depth coverage of the nominees, including artist interviews, will be featured on CMT Insider Special Edition: 2010 CMA Awards Nominations airing Wednesday (Sept. 1) at 11 a.m. ET/PT on CMT. The program re-airs on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday at 11 a.m. ET/PT.

Remarkably, Lambert has already scored five nominations resulting from just two songs — “The House That Built Me” and “White Liar.” Both are up for single, video and song of the year. Sharing in the single of the year nomination are producers Frank Liddell and Mike Wrunke. Nominated alongside Lambert in the video field are directors Trey Fanjoy (“The House That Built Me”) and Chris Hickey (“White Liar”). In the song of the year category, devoted solely to songwriters, Lambert is nominated for co-writing “White Liar” with Natalie Hemby. “The House That Built Me” was written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin.

Lady Antebellum grabbed nominations in four categories, including vocal group of the year. Their breakthrough hit, “Need You Now,” resulted in a single of the year nomination for the three group members — Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott — and co-producer Paul Worley. Haywood, Kelley, Scott and co-writer Josh Kear are also nominated for song of the year for “Need You Now.” And the group and director David McClister share a nomination in the video of the year division for the same title.

Before the artist nominees were announced, Steel Magnolia read the list of radio finalists in the CMA Broadcast Awards and performed “Just by Being You (Halos and Wings).” During the press conference, Young sang “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song)” and Moore performed “How I Got to Be This Way.”

This year’s CMA Awards show takes place Nov. 10 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the event live on ABC.

Here’s a list of the nominees in the seven initial categories:

New Artist
Luke Bryan Easton Corbin Jerrod Niemann Chris Young Zac Brown Band

Vocal Group
Lady Antebellum Little Big Town Rascal Flatts The Band Perry Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo
Brooks & Dunn Joey & Rory Montgomery Gentry Steel Magnolia Sugarland

Single of the Year
(Award goes to artist and producer.)
“A Little More Country Than That” Easton Corbin
Producer: Carson Chamberlain

“Hillbilly Bone” Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins Producer: Scott Hendricks

“Need You Now” Lady Antebellum
Producers: Paul Worley and Lady Antebellum

“The House That Built Me” Miranda Lambert Producers: Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke

“White Liar” Miranda Lambert
Producers: Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke

Song of the Year
(Award goes to songwriter.)
“A Little More Country Than That”
Songwriters: Rory Lee Feek, Don Poythress and Wynn Varble

“Need You Now”
Songwriters: Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Josh Kear

“The House That Built Me”
Songwriters: Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin

“Toes” Songwriters: Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, John Driskell Hopkins and Shawn Mullins

“White Liar”
Songwriters: Miranda Lambert and Natalie Hemby

Music Video
(Award goes to artist and director.)
“Hillbilly Bone”
Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins
Director: Roman White

“Need You Now”
Lady Antebellum
Director: David McClister

“The House That Built Me”
Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy

“Water” Brad Paisley Director: Jim Shea

“White Liar”
Miranda Lambert
Director: Chris Hickey

Paul Franklin — Steel Guitar
Dann Huff — Guitar
Brent Mason — Guitar
Mac McAnally — Guitar
Randy Scruggs — Guitar