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When It Comes To The 2012 CMT Awards–Girls Rule

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Move over, boys! This year's crop of CMT Awards nominations were announced on NBC's Today show Monday morning--and, to put it succinctly, girls rule in 2012.

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Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood leads the pack with five nominations, including two in the Video of the Year category (one for her own "Good Girl," and one for her collaboration with Brad Paisley "Remind Me"). Following her closely is Miranda Lambert, who earned two nods as a solo artist, plus two in recognition of her work with trio the Pistol Annies. And, right after those two fine ladies is another well-known beauty, Taylor Swift, who racked up three nominations--two of them for her haunting Hunger Games contribution, "Safe And Sound," which she performs with critically acclaimed duo the Civil Wars.

In addition to the focus on female artists, this year's CMT nominees include some currently white-hot and newer names, such as Thompson Square, who won duo of the year at the 2012 ACM Awards earlier this month; Jason Aldean, who was up for entertainer of the year at the ACMs; currently reigning ACM and CMA male vocalist of the year Blake Shelton, and the aforementioned Civil Wars--all of whom, like Swift, are up for three awards each.

The CMT Awards, which will air live from Nashville June 6, are wholly fan-voted. You can cast your votes for your favorites starting now all the way through June by visiting CMT.com. A complete list of nominees can be found here.

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