MIRANDA LAMBERT LEADS NOMINATIONS FOR THE ‘2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS’

Church, Bryan and Lambert Each Garner Four Nominations

Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, and Tim McGraw All Nominated for CMT’s Biggest Award – VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Voting Begins Today on CMT.com and Ends Sunday, June 2 at Midnight ET

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The party for the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS is underway as Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert lead the nominations, each picking up four for this year’s live show. Nominees were announced this morning on People.com. Voting for the CMT MUSIC AWARDS begins now at CMT.com and continues until Sunday, June 2, at midnight ET.

Artists coming in with three nominations include: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line; artists with two nominations include: Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, rock legends Journey, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw.

The 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS marks the 12th anniversary of the awards show and will air LIVE from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com. Kristen Bell returns as host for the second consecutive year and is joined by first-time host, Jason Aldean.

The final nominees in each of the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS categories include:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director.  Final nominees announced during live telecast, with final voting held online at CMT.com during the show.

Brad Paisley – “Southern Comfort Zone”
Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
Eric Church – “Springsteen”
Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
Jason Aldean – “1994”
Kenny Chesney – “Come Over”
Little Big Town – “Tornado”
Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
Tim McGraw – “One of Those Nights”
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

Blake Shelton – “Sure Be Cool If You Did”
Eric Church – “Creepin’”
Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
Jason Aldean – “Take a Little Ride”
Kenny Chesney – “Come Over”
Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

Carrie Underwood – “Two Black Cadillacs”
Faith Hill – “American Heart”
Jana Kramer – “Why Ya Wanna”
Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”
Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Taylor Swift – “Begin Again”
GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

Lady Antebellum – “Downtown”
Little Big Town – “Pontoon”
Pistol Annies – “Takin’ Pills”
Rascal Flatts – “Come Wake Me Up”
The Band Perry – “Better Dig Two”
Zac Brown Band – “Goodbye in Her Eyes”
DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

Big & Rich – “That’s Why I Pray”
Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
Love and Theft – “Runnin’ Out Of Air”
Thompson Square – “If I Didn’t Have You”
BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video from an artist's major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

Dustin Lynch – “Cowboys and Angels”
Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
Jana Kramer – “Why Ya Wanna”
Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”
Kip Moore – “Beer Money”
Randy Houser – “How Country Feels”
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video that featured a special collaborative appearance by artists; awarded to the artists (individual, group or duo)

Brad Paisley and Joe Walsh – “Rocky Mountain Way,” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS
Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church – “The Only Way I Know,” from 2012 CMA Awards
Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill – “Don’t Rush,” from 2012 CMA Awards
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw – “Feel Like A Rockstar”
Rascal Flatts and Journey – “Changed,” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOURNEY AND RASCAL FLATTS
The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis – “Three Wooden Crosses” from CMT CROSSROADS: THE AVETT BROTHERS AND RANDY TRAVIS
CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

Dierks Bentley – “5-1-5-0” from CMT UNPLUGGED
Eric Church – “Homeboy” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Luke Bryan and Ryan Tedder – “Drunk On You/Feel Again” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Miranda Lambert – “Over You” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Rascal Flatts and Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin’” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOURNEY AND RASCAL FLATTS
Toby Keith – “Beers Ago” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Fans can vote online at CMT.com, and on their mobile device at CMT Mobile or the CMT Insider app available on iPhone, iPad and Android now through June 2 to determine the winners. The six finalists for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com, CMT mobile, on the CMT Insider app and via text message throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.

Veteran live event producer Michael Dempsey returns to executive produce the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS alongside director Joe DeMaio. John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.

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