Lambert, Bryan, Urban early CMA nomination leaders

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban are the initial top nominees for this year's Country Music Association Awards.

The country stars have three nominations apiece, including entertainer and album of the year, after five categories were announced Wednesday by Darius Rucker and Little Big Town on ABC's "Good Morning America." The remainder of the nominations will be revealed at a news conference later in the morning.

George Strait and Lambert's husband, Blake Shelton, join Lambert, Bryan and Urban as entertainer of the year nominees. Lambert and Bryan are seeking their first win in the category, the CMA's top honor.

Shelton, Dierks Bentley and Eric Church had two nominations apiece after the early announcement.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the Nov. 5 awards.