Three-time Entertainer of the Year George Strait (1989, 1990, 2013), who has just finished his farewell concert tour, will defend his title against Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Keith Urban.
Lambert leads the field this year with nine overall nominations. Another of those categories is Female Vocalist of the Year, where she will compete against Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, and Underwood.
For the 2013 ceremony, married couple Shelton and Lambert were crowned in those top male and female categories.
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