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First batch of CMA Awards nominees announced today, Miranda Lambert an early favorite

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Image Credit: Randee St. NicholasThis morning (Aug. 31) the first wave of nominees for the 44th Annual CMA Awards were announced and Miranda Lambert appears to be in store for an trophy-filled night. The singer earned five nominations: single of the year and music video of the year for her songs “White Liar” and “The House That Built Me,” and a song of the year nomination for “White Liar.” She’ll fight fiancé Blake Shelton‘s “Hillbilly Bone” for single of the year and music video of the year.

Lady Antebellum did well at the first batch of announcements, earning nods for single of the year, vocal group of the year, song of the year and music video of the year for “Need You Now.” Legendary tandem Brooks & Dunn earned a nom for vocal duo of the year.

Easton Corbin nominated for new artist of the year and single of the year for “A Little More Country Than That.” Zac Brown Band got nods for new artist and song of the year for “Toes.”

Nominees in the remaining five categories, including male and female vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year will be announced tomorrow (Sept. 1) by Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley on ABC’s Good Morning America. Check back here tomorrow to check out our thoughts on the full slate.

Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood for the third time, CMA Awards air live from Nashville, Tennessee Nov. 10.

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