Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen with eight nominations at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.
The ACMs announced Friday that Lambert is the top contender, including a nomination for entertainer of the year, pitting her against male stars Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line.
Lambert is also nominated for album of the year for "Platinum," female vocalist of the year, as well as vocal event and video of the year for "Somethin' Bad" with Carrie Underwood. "Automatic," Lambert's hit single, is up for song of the year.
Her main competition at the ACMs — to be held April 19 — is Dierks Bentley, who earned seven nominations, including male vocalist, album, single record, song, video and vocal event of the year.
Florida Georgia Line earned five nominations, while Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church earned four apiece.
The ACMs are celebrating their 50th year, and Bryan and Blake Shelton will help bring the party to life as the show's hosts. It will air live on CBS.
Lawyer says Knight feared for his life
Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was fleeing for his life when he allegedly ran over two people — killing one of them — in Compton, Calif., on Thursday, his attorney James Blatt said Friday. A group of people attacked Knight and threatened to kill him and were "attempting to drag him outside of the vehicle when he made an effort to escape … in fear for his life," Blatt said. Los Angeles County detectives arrested the onetime hip-hop mogul on suspicion of murder. Knight, 49 — being held in lieu of $2 million bail — is accused of running over the two men following an argument on a film set in Compton.
Go Seahawks: Add Lenny Kravitz to the list of Super Bowl performers who are rooting for a Seattle Seahawks victory on Sunday. The rocker is performing as part of Katy Perry's halftime extravaganza and revealed his favored team while speaking with Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx on his SiriusXM show Friday. Perry and actress-singer Idina Menzel, who is singing the national anthem, have also said they're rooting for a Seahawks victory.
Expanding: A business controlled by rapper Jay-Z has made a $56 million offer to buy the Scandinavian music streaming company Aspiro. Project Panther Bidco Ltd. would buy more than 90 percent of the company's shares. Aspiro is based in Sweden and runs music streaming subscription services that offer high-fidelity songs, which many audiophiles prefer over MP3s and other compressed formats.