ABC News — Miranda Lambert released the most ambitious album of her career earlier this year and Country Music Association voters responded by giving her a record-tying load of nominations.
Lambert has nine nominations for the 48th annual CMA Awards, tying her own mark for the most nods to a female nominee, and nearly doubling her nearest competitor when the list was announced Wednesday in New York. Dierks Bentley is next with five nominations and Eric Church and Keith Urban have four apiece.
The 30-year-old Lambert is up for top honor entertainer of the year along with husband Blake Shelton and has nominations for major categories album of the year for “Platinum,” song and single of the year for “Automatic,” and is vying for her fifth straight female vocalist of the year trophy. She’s been among the top CMA nominees and winners since “Revolution” won album of the year in 2010 and now has 34 CMA nominations — behind Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn among women.
Urban, George Strait and Luke Bryan round out the entertainer of the year category where Lambert and Bryan are seeking their first win in that category. Bryan and Urban also are up for album of the year. Bryan’s “Crash My Party” and Urban’s “Fuse” join Bentley’s “Riser” and Church’s “The Outsiders” in the category.
New artist of the year nominees are Brandy Clark, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.
Bryan and Shelton are tied with Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood with three nominations apiece. The nominations were announced on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and at a news conference by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town. Underwood and Brad Paisley host the Nov. 5 show live from Nashville, Tennessee.
Lambert padded out her list of nominations with two apiece in the vocal event (“Somethin’ Bad” with Underwood and “We Were Us” with Urban) and music video (“Automatic” and “Somethin’ Bad”) categories. “Automatic,” the first single from “Platinum” written with Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby, was nominated for both song and single of the year as well. Lambert tied with Merle Haggard for second-most nominations overall. Only Alan Jackson in 2002 had more nominations in a single year with 10.
Lambert celebrated her collaborators in an email to The Associated Press.
“I woke up in NYC this morning to such great news!” wrote Lambert, who’s on tour in the area. “Not only am I so happy to be nominated but I’m happy to celebrate my husband’s and friends’ nominations! Natalie and Nicolle are two of the best songwriters I know and I’m so thrilled to share this with them. And also to be in a category with Carrie and Keith!”
Shelton and Lambert will be attempting to extend their record streak of wins by a married couple in the male and female vocalist categories. Each has won four straight. Lambert will be competing against Underwood, Musgraves, Taylor Swift and Martina McBride. Shelton faces Bentley, Bryan, Church and Urban.
The haul of nominations was a career best for Bentley, whose album “Riser” includes personal material from his own life, including his reaction to his father’s death and the birth of his son.
“It was totally unexpected,” Bentley said. “Dude, I’m not the guy who gets nominated. I’m the guy who knows the guy who gets nominated. That’s not who I am. I’m the guy who sits in the chair with my wife when the cameras come in close to get the ‘you just lost’ reaction shot.”
Deadline.Com — Country music star Miranda Lambert is collaborating on the female comedy script Something In The Water penned by celebrated country music video director Trey Fanjoy and screenwriter Cindy McCreery. The strong female-led project is a multi-generational ensemble piece set in the heartland; Lambert would take on one of the roles in the romp about five women challenging their men in a bass fishing competition. The project, which Fanjoy also hopes to direct, is said be in the vein of Bridesmaids meets Steel Magnolias.
Lambert and Fanjoy have long collaborated. In fact, for about a decade. Fanjoy directed Lambert’s first music video for the singer’s first single and has, subsequently, helmed the country artist’s videos on her game-changing hits — “Kerosene,” “The House That Built Me,” “Fastest Girl In Town,” “Over You,” “Mama’s Broken Heart” and the singer’s most recent hit video “Somethin’ Bad” with Carrie Underwood (which has been viewed over 10 million times since bowing last month and has pulled record-breaking view numbers for Viacom and its County Music Television). Together, Lambert and Fanjoy have racked up numerous awards, most recently this past June when Lambert won Female Video of the Year for the song “Automatic,” directed (once again) by Fanjoy.
MirandaLambert.Com — Richard Beckman, CEO of Three Lions Entertainment, today announced the return of Fashion Rocks® a television special celebrating the powerful relationship between fashion and music. Emmy Award-winner Ryan Seacrest will host the show live from Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, in a two-hour extravaganza on the CBS television network (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT). The show will be executive produced by Mr. Beckman and Don Mischer of Don Mischer Productions. Mr. Seacrest will also receive an executive producer credit.
The evening will feature performances by some of music’s most innovative trendsetters, including Afrojack, Duran Duran, Jennifer Lopez, KISS, Miranda Lambert, Nico & Vinz, Pitbull, Rita Ora, The Band Perry and Usher. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Fashion Rocks is the only show that celebrates the inextricable link between fashion and music, a relationship that is more relevant today than ever before,” said Mr. Beckman. “For the first time we’ll air the event live during Fashion Week from Barclays Center. It will be a spectacular affair, featuring some of the world’s most talented musicians as well as today’s hottest fashions.”
Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, August 1, at 10 a.m. ET and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800- 745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Saturday, August 2 at noon (if tickets are still available). For information on individual suites, please call 718-BK-SUITE.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning on Monday, July 28 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, July 31 at 10 p.m.
Visit FashionRocksLive.com, for a combination of compelling articles, photo galleries, videos and polls related to the intersection of fashion and music. Featuring updates and content surrounding the Fashion Rocks broadcast, you’ll also find everything from posts on fashion throughout the ages, playlists for specific moods and beauty inspiration culled from various musical genres to behind-the-scenes footage of the Fashion Rocks magazine, created by InStyle.
Billboard — As “Platinum” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with 180,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Miranda Lambert becomes the first artist in the survey’s 50-year history to post five consecutive career-opening No. 1s. (All of her albums have additionally launched at the summit).
Lambert passes Carrie Underwood, who’s scored four No. 1s in her first four tries, a still-active streak dating to 2005; Underwood has also debuted at No. 1 with all four sets. The other acts to arrive with multiple career-starting Top Country Albums No. 1s are LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson (three each), Wynonna Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kellie Pickler and Lady Antebellum (two each).
As previously reported, Lambert concurrently crowns the Billboard 200 for the first time, notching her best sales week and the largest for an album by a female country artist since the week ending Dec. 30, 2012, when Taylor Swift’s “Red” sold 241,000. Lambert is just the 11th female country artist to top the Billboard 200 (which became a regularly published list in 1956). Prior to Lambert, Swift was the last country female artist to notch her first No. 1, having topped the list for the first time on the chart dated Nov. 29, 2008, when “Fearless” bowed at No. 1.
Impressively, each of Lambert’s albums has started with successively a larger debut week than those before. Her first release, “Kerosene,” bowed in 2005 with 40,000. She followed with 2007’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (53,000), 2009’s “Revolution” (66,000) and 2011’s “Four the Record” (133,000).
On Hot Country Songs, Lambert’s new single “Somethin’ Bad,” with Underwood, flies 25-12 with Streaming Gainer honors (710,000 total U.S. streams, up 69 percent, according to Nielsen BDS), while lead “Platinum” lead track “Automatic” bullets for a second week at its No. 4 peak.