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Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert Scoops Up A Record Nine CMA Noms

Looks like 2010 is definitely yet another "year of the blond, explosively popular female country singer." However, this time, it's not Carrie Underwood or Taylor Swift--it's Miranda Lambert's turn. The Texas-bred sensation made country music history Wednesday morning by being nominated for a record nine Country Music Association awards, the most ever for any female artist.
When the first-round nominees for this year's CMA awards were announced in seven initial categories Tuesday morning, Lambert scooped up five nods, establishing her as the leader of the pack. On Wednesday morning, when the final round was revealed, she grabbed four more nods, putting her just below Alan Jackson's all-time record of 10 nominations.
Last year's CMA awards sweeper, Taylor Swift, was nominated in just one category this year, female vocalist. Carrie Underwood, who received the entertainer of the year award at the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year, received two nods: Female vocalist and album of the year.
As Lambert herself put it, via Twitter, "Ok so my day started out um....AMAZING!" Well, yeah, I think you could say that.
Lambert's up for the coveted entertainer of the year title, as well as female vocalist of the year. Her album, Revolution, is in consideration for album of the year. Her two singles, "White Liar" and "The House That Built Me" are both up for single of the year, song of the year, and music video of the year. (Lambert herself can claim only five of the six nominations, as the song of the year award is presented to the songwriter and not the performing artist. While she is a co-writer on "White Liar," she did not write "The House That Built Me.")
Interestingly enough, Lambert--who's been nominated in past years but has yet to win a CMA award--will not only will be competing against herself...she will also be competing against her fiance, Blake Shelton! Shelton's duet with Trace Adkins, "Hillbilly Bone," is up for single and video of the year. May the best mate win! (Just my take: My money's on Lambert for both of these categories. Sorry, Blake.) The pair also face off in the musical event of the year category.
Closely following Lambert in nominations is the trio Lady Antebellum, who began gaining rapid momentum last season and is up for five CMA awards this year. Shelton himself takes third place, tied with the Zac Brown Band, with four nods.
This year's list of nominees also had the welcome twist of several new names--new to either the Nashville scene or the CMAs themselves--including Chris Young, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Neiman, and Steel Magnolia.
"We are continuing a promising trend we saw last year with several artists receiving their first CMA Awards nomination or making a debut in a new category," explained CMA CEO Steve Moore in a statement. "The infusion of fresh faces is great for the format and speaks to the strength and future of country music."
The 44th annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live on ABC from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville November 10, at 8 PM/ET. A complete list of nominees can be found here.

Kanye West

Kanye West: 'I bled hard' over Swift debacle Latest News September 06

Hip-hop star Kanye West is still feeling the pain over his ambush of Taylor Swift last year — and he's expressing his pain all over Twitter.
West unleashed a torrent of emotions on his official Twitter account Saturday, acknowledging once again that he was wrong for jumping on stage, grabbing the microphone from Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards and saying her trophy should have gone to Beyonce.
But the rapper-producer said that he has experienced enormous pain, been the subject of death wishes and suffered tremendous setback to his career.
"How deep is the scar ... I bled hard ... cancelled tour with the number one pop star in the world ... closed the doors of my clothing office," he tweeted.
The multiplatinum, Grammy-winning superstar had been one of the decade's most successful and critically acclaimed stars, despite sometimes boorish behavior and meltdowns at other awards shows when things did not go his way.
However, when he upstaged Swift — the then-teenage darling of pop and country music worlds _the public had had enough. There was tremendous backlash against West — even President Barack Obama was caught calling him a "jackass."
At the time, he went on Jay Leno's prime-time show to apologize and said he still had not recovered from his mother's death two years prior. He said he would be taking time off from the public eye.
That time off came sooner than expected. He canceled a joint tour with Lady Gaga that fall, apparently due to low ticket sales. On Twitter, West talked about the backlash.
"I'm the guy who at one point could perform the Justin Timberlake on stage and everyone would be sooo happy that I was there," he wrote.
After the incident, he said, "People tweeted that they wish I was dead ... No listen. They wanted me to die people. I carry that. I smile and take pictures through that."
West said he's now "ready to get out of my own way. The ego is overdone."
He also apologized to Swift again, and said he has written a song for her that he hopes she will perform.
"If she won't take it then I will perform it for her," he said.
West is working on a new album that is supposed to come out sometime this fall. A recent member of Twitter, West has been an active user, posting not only his feelings, but new songs and other updates. He has over 900,000 followers since he joined earlier this summer.
"Man I love Twitter ... I've always been at the mercy of the press but no more ... The media tried to demonize me," he tweeted Saturday.