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Lambert and Shelton receive CMA nods

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are up against each other in the Entertainer of the Year category at this year's Country Music Association Awards.

The married singers are huge on the country music scene, which is reflected in the nominations announced today.

Five of the categories were revealed by current CMA vocal group winners Little Big Town and country star Darius Rucker on Good Morning America.

The loved-up pair face each other in the Entertainer of the Year category, with a nod each.

Miranda is also up for Female Vocalist of the Year, while Blake has a shot at scooping Male Vocalist of the Year.

Beating her husband by one nomination so far, Miranda is also mentioned in the Album of the Year category with her record Platinum.

The pair face competition from Luke Bryan, George Strait and Keith Urban for the Entertainer of the Year prize.

Going up against Miranda for female vocalist are Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. Blake is up against Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Keith in the male category.

Also battling it out for best album are Luke, Keith, Dierks and Eric.

Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band are all in with a chance of taking home the Vocal Group of the Year award.

The rest of the nominations will be announced in an online livestream later.

Pregnant Carrie and Brad Paisley will host proceedings for the seventh year on November 5 in Nashville.

Entertainer of the Year

Luke Bryan

Miranda Lambert

Black Shelton

George Strait

Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

Miranda Lambert

Martina McBride

Kacey Musgraves

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Male Vocalist of the Year

Dierks Bentley

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Blake Shelton

Keith Urban

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

The Band Perry

Zac Brown Band

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