Miranda Lambert leads all nominees with 9 today!  She's tied a record for most nominations by a female!  And that new album "Platinum" is a big reason why!  Miranda's up for Entertainer, Female, Album, Single, Song, 2 for Music Video and 2 for Musical Event!  Could she knock off Luke Bryan for the big award of the night?

There were a few outright surprises this year.  The first and most obvious was Florida Georgia Line failing to receive an Entertainer Of The Year nomination!  The voters may have felt it was too soon, but I didn't.  That was disappointing.

The other surprise for me was Brandy Clark getting a New Artist Of The Year nomination.  She's a great songwriter and has a great voice, but as an artist, she hasn't made as big a splash as you'd expect.  Voters may have felt the need to include a female.  And Brandy is mega talented.  Still, it came as a surprise.

A few other notes: King George received another Entertainer nod to go with his win from last year.  Taylor was given a Female nomination, but will she even show up this time?  First time nomination for The Swon Brothers was nice to see in Duo!  And Kenny & Dolly were nominated for Musical Event for "You Can't Make Old Friends."  That would be a cool moment on-stage if they perform!

Brad & Carrie will host again this year when the CMA's happen on Wednesday November 5th!