Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum have emerged as early contenders for the 2010 CMA Awards, landing six nods a piece in the first wave of nominations.
Lambert scored an impressive five nominations from two songs, The House That Built Me and White Liar. Both are up for single, video and song of the year, The Country Music Association announced on Tuesday (31Aug10).
Meanwhile Lady Antebellum grabbed nominations in four categories, including vocal group of the year. The band's breakthrough hit Need You Now also landed its members, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, nods for single of the year.
The final nominees will be announced on Wednesday (01Sep10) on U.S. breakfast programme Good Morning America.
The 44th Annual CMAs will broadcast live with from country music capital Nashville, Tennessee on 10 November (10), with co-hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
A list of the nominees in the leading seven categories is as follows:
Zac Brown Band
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band
Brooks & Dunn
Joey & Rory
Single of the Year:
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:
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
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