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Academy of Country Music Awards nominates reluctant Lambert

Academy of Country Music Awards: Miranda Lambert has been nominated entertainer of the year, but feels conflicted about the Academy of Country Music Awards nomination.

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Academy of Country Music Awards nominates Miranda Lambert - Lambert feels conflicted. Lambert is seen here performing at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 13, in Los Angeles.

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Miranda Lambert is conflicted about her entertainer of the year nomination at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards.

Some of the nominated singers in the category sell out stadiums and are among the most popular artists inmusic, regardless of genre. She's just starting down that path and doesn't feel like she's reached that level.

At the same time, she can't deny the jump she's made since she stormed the ACMs last year and took home a leading three awards, including the coveted album of the year for "Revolution." That album is still spawning hits and helped her to seven nominations for Sunday's awards show, which will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on CBS. Her fiance, Blake Shelton, is co-hosting the ceremony with Reba McEntire.

"I feel like maybe I'm just being humble and I don't know that I should take it home yet because I know Brad Paisley's doing stadiums now," Lambert said. "I'm not there yet. But it is up to the fans, so if I did win that'd be awesome. I know I have tons of work under my belt now, but I still have more to go."

Fan voting makes this year's entertainer award especially hard to predict. Neither Carrie Underwood nor Kenny Chesney — winners of the last six entertainer awards — are nominated this year. And only two-time winner Toby Keith has taken home the ACM's top award. Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban have won the competing Country Music Association artist of the year awards, but have yet to breakthrough in Sin City. Jason Aldean, like Lambert a rising star, also is a first-time nominee.

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