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Published: Tuesday, 4/24/2012

Underwood tops CMT nominees

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Carrie Underwood arrives at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Carrie Underwood arrives at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.
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With Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Taylor Swift atop the list, look no further than the CMT Music Awards nominations for proof country music's new favorite color is blonde.

Underwood earned five nominations, Lambert has four as a solo artist and as part of her trio Pistol Annies, and Swift led a contingent of stars earning three nominations apiece for the 11th annual video awards show. Nominations were announced Monday morning on the Today show.

Other artists with three nominations include Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Thompson Square, and the Civil Wars.

Underwood's "Good Girl" and her "Remind Me" collaboration with Brad Paisley, Lambert's "Over You," and Swift's collaboration with the Civil Wars on The Hunger Games soundtrack entry "Safe & Sound" are among the 10 nominees for top honor video of the year. Underwood also is up for female video, CMT performance, and collaborative video of the year.

Lambert is up for female video as a solo artist and for group video and breakthrough video for "Hell on Heels" with her friends Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe in Pistol Annies.

Other video of the year nominees include Aldean's "Dirt Road Anthem," Kenny Chesney's "You and Tequila" with Grace Potter, Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup," Lady Antebellum's "We Owned the Night," Rascal Flatts' "Easy" with Natasha Bedingfield, and Shelton's "God Gave Me You."

Fan voting for the awards began Monday on the network's Web site and runs through June 4. The show will air live June 6 from Nashville.

Gallery Gaga

The Presidents Gallery by Madame Tussauds is adding a figure of Lady Gaga to the Washington wax museum.

The Gaga figure was scheduled to arrive at the museum Monday. The wax figure depicts the pop star in a one-shoulder, black latex body suit with huge platform shoes. Her hair is styled in the shape of a bow. The figure is on loan from the Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas through the end of June.

Tuning out

It is the police procedural that has network executives scratching their heads this season: The Case of the Disappearing Viewers.

Across the television landscape, network and cable, public television, and pay cable, English-language and Spanish, viewing for all sorts of prime-time programming is down this spring — chiefly among the most important audience for the business, younger adults.

In the four television weeks starting March 19, NBC lost an average of 59,000 viewers (about 3 percent) in that 18-49 age category compared with the same period last year, CBS lost 239,000 (8 percent), ABC lost 681,000 (21 percent), and Fox lost 709,000 (20 percent).

The declines have not discriminated. The bad news has been the same for hits, like ABC's Modern Family, which had its lowest rating for the season (4.0 or about 5.2 million viewers) and less popular shows, like NBC's Community, which descended to 1.3 (about 1.7 million viewers). Several other shows, like Glee and Touch on Fox, and Missing and Suburgatory on ABC, all hit their lowest ratings ever last week.

There seems to be no one reason for the decline.



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