Miranda Lambert, the 26-year-old singer who has been nominated for seven CMA Awards, says country music needed more female artists, telling the Associated Press, "It's definitely something that's been needing to happen for a long time. I think it's been turning slowly but it's finally starting to show through with the girls being really strong right now in country music."

Lambert received the most amount of nominations when the full list was announced on Wednesday 1st September, elsewhere, Lady Antebellum received five nominations and her fiance Blake Shelton received four. On receiving news of her nomination success, Lambert spoke of her incredible year so far, saying, "It's been a dream and it's not even over with. I'll be sad when 2011 comes because this year has just been one blessing after another. It's just incredible. I don't know what it is about now that all this is coming to a head, but I don't care. I'm just glad it is."

The winners of the annual CMAs - billed as the biggest night in country music - will be announced at the ceremony on November 10th 2010. The show is set to be hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.