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01 Sep 10 Miranda Lambert Sets CMA Nominations Record

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It’s rare that fiery Texas songstress Miranda Lambert is left speechless but that’s exactly what happened today when she learned of her record breaking nine CMA Award nominations including Entertainer, Female and Album of the Year.   Lambert, along with Dierks Bentley, appeared on
Good Morning America today to read the announcements and was told just minutes before going on air.

“They don’t even make a word to describe how I feel,” she admitted. “I’m still coming to terms with this.”

Nominees in seven other categories were announced yesterday and when the final nominations were tallied, Lambert led the list of finalists with nine nominations – the most for any female artist in the history of the CMA Awards. Alan Jackson received 10 nominations in 2002. Prior to that, Merle Haggard held the record with nine in 1970.

“I’ve had a band for 10 years and its all coming together this year,” said Lambert. “This means so much to me to be recognized by my friends. We all work together and pull for each other. Thank you country music for letting me live my dreams. God bless this industry and my fans!”

Immediately following the announcements, the stunned Miranda Lambert headed to Today Show for a quick appearance to promote her upcoming September 29th performance on the show and then caught a flight out.  She may have been a woman of few words on air today but many of her peers had plenty to say.

“It’s always exciting to see great talent receive the recognition it deserves. Even better, Miranda Lambert earned these history-making honors without having to compromise her music or her vision in any way.”

Alan Light (The New York Times, Rolling Stone, msn.com)

“This shows that Miranda knew who she was as an artist before she got her deal and that she never kept fighting to win through for that vision.  Just like Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and others.  We’re proud to have been there at the beginning.”

Pam Shane (KTTX-Bryan/College Station, TX)

“Miranda always remains true to herself and her music.  Miranda Lambert’s 9 CMA Award nominations are recognition of how we’ve all seen her grow as both an artist and a person over the last several years.  Congrats to one of our genre’s treasures!

Ed Warm (Joe’s Bar/Chicago)

“…It looks like the Country Music Association has a new sweetheart of the rodeo.”

Dave Itzkoff (New York Times)

“Since the beginning, I’ve always known she had the talent and it’s great to see the rest of the world catching up!”

Mike Culotta (OM/PD – WQYK/Tampa, FL)

“I started working with Miranda 10 years ago and I’m so proud of her and her accomplishments. They are a long time coming.”

Joey Lee (WME)

Lambert received nominations for Entertainer; Female Vocalist; Album for Revolution produced by Frank Liddell and Mike Wrucke; two for Single, “The House That Built Me” and “White Liar;” Song for “White Liar,” which she wrote with Natalie Hemby; Musical Event, for “Bad Angel” with Dierks Bentley and Jamey Johnson; and two for Music Video of the Year for “The House That Built Me,” directed by Trey Fanjoy, and “White Liar,” directed by Chris Hicky.

When told that she was actually competing with herself in several categories, Lambert exclaimed:  “Is that possible? I didn’t even know that was possible!”

“The 44th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the third time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Three-time GRAMMY® nominee, platinum-selling recording artist and hit singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert recently added nine CMA nominations to her already impressive list of accolades she’s received this year, including her first CMT Award. The fan-voted CMT Award for Female Video of the Year joins Miranda’s recent ACM wins for Album of the Year (Revolution), Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year (White Liar).  Her second single from Revolution, “The House That Built Me,” held the Number 1 position for 4 straight weeks. It follows “White Liar” which was Miranda’s first career No.1 single. Miranda is slathering on the southern charm with her newest single, “Only Prettier.”

Revolution, her critically-acclaimed third album, has quickly surpassed the Gold sales mark after debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Album Charts making her one of four artists in country music history whose first three albums landed the top position right out of the box.  It received rare perfect reviews from countless publications including four stars from Rolling Stone and USA Today, an ‘A’ from Entertainment Weekly and exuberant praise from the New York Times, SPIN, the Washington Post and more.  Many have proclaimed Revolution the “Best Album of the Year” in any genre including the Houston Chronicle and NPR’s All Things Considered.

In 2008, Miranda Lambert first won the coveted ACM Album of the Year and in 2007 the ACM Best New Female Award.

She recently wrapped up her own “Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars” headlining tour, joined a stint of dates on the Lilith Fair tour, and will be kicking off CMT On Tour Miranda Lambert Revolution 2010 in September. For more information, visit www.MirandaLambert.com

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