“The truth,” Miranda Lambert sang in “White Liar,” “comes out a little at a time.”
For the first time in history, the Country Music Association rolled out its nominations in a two-day process, and when it was all said and done, the truth is that Miranda had set a new all-time mark. She joined Dierks Bentley to read the finalists in the last five categories Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and discovered she’d amassed nine nominations in all — more than any other female in history.
“I never would have even thought I was eligible for nine categories,” she told “GMA” host Robin Roberts. “So it’s unbelievable.”
Having picked up five nominations on day one, Miranda’s second-day haul put her in the running for Entertainer, Female Vocalist and Album of the Year, the latter category recognizing her CD Revolution. She also scored a nomination with Dierks and Jamey Johnson for “Bad Angel,” a track from Dierks’ Up On The Ridge.
The only artist ever to receive more nominations in one year is Alan Jackson, who was on the ballot 10 times in 2002, a year in which he picked up multiple nods for two particular singles: “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)” and “Drive (For Daddy Gene).” With “White Liar” and “The House At Built Me” each appearing among the finalists for Single, Song and Music Video of the Year, Miranda’s list of nominations was quite similar to Alan’s ‘02 collection. One difference that kept her from 10: She did not write “The House That Built Me,” so she’s not eligible for Song of the Year.
Not that Miranda’s complaining. She collected two trophies this year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, and she got engaged to Blake Shelton in May. Thus 2010 has already been a winner for her.
“I’m gonna start puttin’ 10 on everything,” she said. “It’s my lucky number, I guess.”
Several other acts ended the two-day nominations roll-out with good numbers. Lady Antebellum scored five nods, the Zac Brown Band and Blake finished with four. Brad Paisley, Trace Adkins and Dierks each came away with three. Dierks’ trio of nominations all came on the second day: Musical Event, for “Bad Angel”; Male Vocalist; and Album of the Year, for Up On The Ridge.
“I think it speaks a lot of the CMA,” Dierks said of the album nod. The project folds in several genres that don’t typically appear on mainstream country radio, including bluegrass and Americana. That the industry supported that kind of project, he said, “means a lot to me.”