Lambert and husband Shelton are nominated for the top honor, the fan-voted entertainer of the year, with Swift, 2013 winner Luke Bryan and George Strait.
The nomination continues something of a victory lap for Strait, who is wrapping up his final tour this year. He’s a former winner in the category who recently won the rival Country Music Association’s entertainer of the year trophy.
Lambert will be going for a fifth straight win in the female vocalist of the year category and her “Mama’s Broken Heart” earned nominations for single record, song and video of the year. She also received two nominations in the vocal event category for collaborations with Keith Urban and as part of the Pistol Annies with Shelton.
McGraw picked up two nominations apiece as artist and producer for album, single record and vocal event of the year. His album “Two Lanes of Freedom” joins Kacey Musgraves’ Grammy Award-winning “Same Trailer Different Park,” Shelton’s “Based on a True Story ...,” Bryan’s “Crash My Party” and FGL’s “Here’s to the Good Times” in the album of the year category.
Jason Aldean is nominated for male vocalist of the year with Urban, Shelton, Bryan and Brice. Lambert received her eighth nomination for female vocalist of the year, joining Swift, Musgraves, Carrie Underwood and Sheryl Crow in the category.
Shelton and Bryan will co-host the CBS broadcast from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.