MIRANDA LAMBERT LEADS LIST OF FINALISTS WITH RECORD NINE NOMINATIONS FOR "THE 44th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS"

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NASHVILLE - It was one for the record books when the final list of nominees for "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" was announced today with fresh faces layered throughout the field of finalists vying for a coveted crystal trophy on "Country Music's Biggest NightT."

"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.

"Records were set and the bar has been raised with this exciting group of nominees," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "There will be a heightened level of excitement and anticipation for the CMA Awards in November."

For the fifth year, the announcement of the final nominees in five of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made on ABC News' "Good Morning America." Nominees Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert delivered the news from the "Good Morning America" studios in the heart of New York City's Times Square. Finalists in the other seven categories were announced yesterday in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium by Justin Moore and first-time nominee Chris Young.

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.

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.

Bentley wasn't only handing out the good news, he was also the recipient of three nominations. Bentley's nods include Male Vocalist; Album for Up On The Ridge, which was produced by Jon Randall Stewart; and Musical Event of the Year for "Bad Angel" with Lambert and Johnson.

Winners of "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the County Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.