Uh-oh. Is the country princess's reign over?
Well, according to the nominations for the Academy of Country Music Awards, yep. Not that Taylor Swift didn't rack up her share of nods this morning. But there's a new queen in town (that town being Nashville), and she blew all other competition out of the water with an impressive seven nominations.
So who unseated Swift?
Miranda Lambert. Which comes as absolutely no surprise to anyone with even a passing interest in country music, as Lambert has been the golden child of 2010. And 2011 isn't starting off too shabby for her, either.
The "White Liar" singer led all contenders at the ACMs, and even managed to penetrate the usual boys' club of Entertainer of the Year nominees, her first time ever scoring the night's more prestigious nod.
The fan-voted award sees Lambert pitted against Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and--whaddaya know?--Taylor Swift.
Lambert and Swift will also face off in several other categories, including Top Female Vocalist of the Year (they're joined by Carrie Underwood, Lee Ann Womack and the night's cohost Reba McEntire).
Lambert's "The House That Built Me" is also up for Song, Record and Video of the Year, and the latter category will see her not only competing against herself (for "Only Prettier") but against her fianc and the night's other cohost Blake Shelton.
As for the other big-time nominees, Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band each scored a second-leading five nominations (with frontman Zac Brown himself scoring another four), The Band Perry and Taylor Swift scored four apiece, while Lady Antebellum, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Alan Jackson and Keith Urban walked away with a noble three.
Other big-name contenders include George Strait, Sugarland, Steel Magnolia, Montgomery Gentry, Little Big Town, Jamey Johnson, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins and unofficial friends of country Sheryl Crow and Kid Rock.
McEntire and Shelton will host the ceremony, airing live on CBS, from Las Vegas April 3. Here's the complete list of nominees:
Entertainer of the YearJason AldeanToby KeithMiranda LambertBrad PaisleyTaylor SwiftKeith Urban
Top Male Vocalist of the YearJason AldeanBrad PaisleyBlake SheltonGeorge StraitKeith Urban
Top Female Vocalist of the YearMiranda LambertReba McEntireTaylor SwiftCarrie UnderwoodLee Ann Womack
Top Vocal Duo of the YearJoey + RoryMontgomery GentrySteel MagnoliaSugarlandthe JaneDear girls
Top Vocal Group of the YearLady AntebellumLittle Big TownRandy Rogers BandThe Band PerryZac Brown Band
Top New Solo Vocalist of the YearEric ChurchEaston CorbinRandy Houser
Top New Vocal Duo or Group of the YearSteel MagnoliaThe Band Perrythe JaneDear girls
Album of the YearKenny Chesney, Hemingway's WhiskeyLady Antebellum, Need You NowJamey Johnson, The Guitar SongTaylor Swift, Speak NowDierks Bentley, Up On The RidgeZac Brown Band, You Get What You Give
Single Record of the YearEaston Corbin, "A Little More Country Than That"Zac Brown Band feat. Alan Jackson, "As She's Walking Away"The Band Perry, "If I Die Young"Lee Brice, "Love Like Crazy"Kenny Chesney, "The Boys Of Fall"Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"
Song of the YearEaston Corbin, "A Little More Country Than That"Zac Brown Band feat. Alan Jackson, "As She's Walking Away"The Band Perry, "If I Die Young"Lee Brice, "Love Like Crazy"Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"
Video of the YearBlake Shelton feat. Trace Adkins, "Hillbilly Bone"Miranda Lambert, "Only Prettier"Sugarland, "Stuck Like Glue"Kenny Chesney, "The Boys of Fall"Miranda Lambert, "The House That Built Me"
Vocal Event of the YearZac Brown Band feat. Alan Jackson, "As She's Walking Away"Emily West feat. Keith Urban, "Blue Sky"Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert, "Coal Miner's Daughter"Colt Ford feat. Jamey Johnson, "Cold Beer"Uncle Kracker feat. Kid Rock, "Good to Be Me"