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Musgraves, Swift lead CMA nominations

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 – Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift top the list of final nominees for The 47th Annual CMA Awards with six nominations each. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist Miranda Lambert and Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton each received five nominations with Lambert scoring three individual nominations and an additional two with Pistol Annies.

Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban each received four nominations.

Musgraves, who is a first-time nominee in 2013, has six nominations spanning several categories including those where she will be competing against herself for voters' attention. She is nominated for Female Vocalist and New Artist of the Year; and picked up two more nominations for Album of the Year for "Same Trailer Different Park" and Single of the Year for Merry Go 'Round, which she produced with Luke Laird and Shane McAnally. In the Song of the Year category (which is presented to songwriters) she is nominated twice, once for Merry Go 'Round with songwriters Josh Osborne and McAnally and for Lambert's hit Mama's Broken Heart with songwriters Brandy Clark and McAnally.

Swift is no stranger to CMA voters and received another six nominations this year including Entertainer of the Year; Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year for "Red," which was produced by Jeff Bhasker, Scott Borchetta, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Butch Walker, Dan Wilson and Swift; and three nominations for Highway Don't Care with Tim McGraw and Urban for Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year. Swift now has 21 CMA Awards nominations and seven wins including her first in 2007 for the Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) and two for Entertainer of the Year (2009, 2011), which ties her with Barbara Mandrell for wins in that category by a female artist.

Shelton was close behind with five nominations, including Entertainer; Male Vocalist; Album of the Year for "Based on a True Story" (produced by Scott Hendricks); and Music Video (directed by Trey Fanjoy) and Musical Event of the Year for Boys 'Round Here featuring Pistol Annies (Lambert, Ashley Monroe, and Angaleena Presley), who make their debut as nominees this year.

In addition to Pistol Annies' nominations, Lambert received three of her own including Female Vocalist; and Music Video (directed by Fanjoy) and Single of the Year (produced by Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, and Chuck Ainlay) for Mama's Broken Heart.

Newcomers to the CMA Awards nominees list, Florida Georgia Line picked up four nominations. Their nominations included Vocal Duo; New Artist of the Year; Single of the Year for Cruise, which was produced by Joey Moi; and Musical Event of the Year with Nelly for the remix of Cruise, which has sold more than 5.5 million digital downloads.

Urban also received four nominations including Male Vocalist of the Year, which he has won three times (2004-2006); and three more (Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year) with McGraw and Swift for Highway Don't Care.

Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, McGraw and Underwood all picked up three nominations.

The 47th Annual CMA Awards will be hosted for the sixth time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. eastern on the ABC.

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