Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift Are CMA-Worthy

Saddle up; the nominees for this year’s Country Music Awards have been announced, and Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are at the front of the list.

Bad breaker-upper Underwood garnered an Album of the Year nod for Carnival Ride, while virgin lover Swift is going against Carrie for Female Vocalist of the Year. (Is a televised cat fight too much to hope for?)

Notably absent from the list: Underwood arch-nemesis and recent country convert Jessica Simpson. Which is kind of puzzling. In a completely predictable way.