Eric Church leads ACM contenders with seven nominations
Posted February 13, 2013
Eric Church picked up seven nominations for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards Wednesday morning, getting nods in just about every category where he was eligible, except for entertainer of the year.
The slots for the academy's top honor went to reigning queen Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and the show's co-hosts, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.
Church's album Chief received its second consecutive nomination as album of the year. He is nominated as both artist and writer in the song of the year category for Springsteen. Church is also up for male vocalist, single, video and vocal event awards.
Hunter Hayes received six nominations. Any award he wins this year will be his first: The Wanted singer lost new artist of the year in 2012 to American Idol winner Scotty McCreery.
Lambert and Swift have the most nominees of any solo female acts, with five each. An entertainer-of-the-year win for Swift would make her the first woman to win the award three times. Lambert could win her fourth consecutive ACM as top female vocalist. Her Over You is up for best song and single.
One of the biggest surprises of the nominees slate was Kacey Musgraves, who won't have an album out until next month but got four nominations. Musgraves picked up nominations for female vocalist and new female vocalist. She also received both artist and producer nominations for the video for her single, Merry Go 'Round.
Other first-time nominees include duo Florida Georgia Line, Jana Kramer, Sunny Sweeney and pop singer Natasha Bedingfield, up for vocal event for her Easy collaboration with Rascal Flatts.
The nominations were revealed via a string of social-media announcements. The 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will air live April 7 (CBS, 8 p.m. ET/tape delay PT), from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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