Taylor Swift and 4 boys up for top CMA Award

Associated Press • Sep 6, 2011 at 10:17 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift will be battling the boys at the 2011 Country Music Association Awards.

The country starlet is up for entertainer of the year, where she'll compete with Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and last year's winner, Brad Paisley.

Singer Jake Owen and country trio the Band Perry made the announcement Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Swift is also up for female vocalist of the year. Also nominated in that category are Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Sara Evans and Miranda Lambert, who won the honor last year on her 27th birthday.

Lambert's husband, Shelton, will defend his male vocalist of the year award this year against Paisley, Urban, Aldean and Kenny Chesney.

The Band Perry picked up two nominations for new artist and for vocal group of the year. In the latter category, it will compete with Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town.

Nominees for five awards were announced on "GMA." Other nominations will be announced later Tuesday at a news conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Underwood and Paisley will host the award show for a fourth time. It airs live Nov. 9 from Nashville on ABC.

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