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    ACM Nominations: Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift Are On Top

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    Vegas is about to get country, y'all!

    The nominations for the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced this morning, and Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift nabbed the most noms for male and female artists respectively.

    Church landed a whopping seven nominations, while Hayes came in with a total of six although neither artist is nominated for the prestigious Entertainer of the Year award—an accolade both Lambert and Swift, who received five nominations each, are competing for. 

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    Blake Shelton's other half is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, receiving her seventh nomination in the category, which will be her fourth consecutive win if she takes home the trophy.

    Reigning Entertainer of the Year T.Swift is also on top, having received her fourth consecutive nod for the highly coveted honor. If she wins, this will be her third consecutive year to be crowned country music's top performer. The "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" singer is also nominated for the sixth time for Female Vocalist of the Year, which will be her third consecutive win if she takes home the trophy. Oh, and she also won a Grammy last Sunday (no big deal!).

    Carrie Underwood—who recently took home the Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song—received her eighth consecutive nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year. 

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    Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield is also dipping her toes into the country waters, receiving her first ACM nomination for Vocal Event of the Year for "Easy" with Rascal Flatts.

    And finally, Blake Shelton—who's teaming up with Luke Bryan to host this year's show—is nominated for three awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year (he's the current title holder) and Entertainer of the Year.

    The 2013 ACM Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET on CBS. Here's a complete list of nominations: 

    Entertainer of the Year
    Jason Aldean
    Luke Bryan
    Miranda Lambert
    Blake Shelton
    Taylor Swift 

    Male Vocalist of the Year
    Jason Aldean
    Luke Bryan
    Eric Church
    Toby Keith
    Blake Shelton 

    Female Vocalist of the Year
    Miranda Lambert
    Martina McBride
    Kacey Musgraves
    Taylor Swift
    Carrie Underwood

    Vocal Duo of the Year
    Big & Rich
    Florida Georgia Line
    Love and Theft
    Sugarland
    Thompson Square

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    Vocal Group of the Year
    The Band Perry
    Eli Young Band
    Lady Antebellum
    Little Big Town
    Zac Brown Band

    New Male Vocalist of the Year
    Lee Brice
    Brantley Gilbert
    Hunter Hayes

    New Female Vocalist of the Year
    Jana Kramer
    Kacey Musgraves
    Sunny Sweeney

    New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year
    Florida Georgia Line
    Love and Theft
    Thompson Square

    New Artist of the Year
    Florida Georgia Line
    Brantley Gilbert
    Jana Kramer

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    Album of the Year
    Blown Away, Carrie Underwood (19/Arista Nashville, produced by Mark Bright)
    Chief, Eric Church (EMI-Nashville, prod. by Jay Joyce)
    Red, Taylor Swift (Big Machine Records, prod. by Jeff Bhasker, Nathan Chapman, Dann Huff, Jacknife Lee, Max Martin, Shellback, Taylor Swift, Butch Walker, Dan Wilson)
    tailgates & tanlinesLuke Bryan (Capitol Nashville, produced by Mark Bright, Jeff Stevens)
    Tornado, Little Big Town (Capitol Nashville, prod. by Jay Joyce)

    Single Record of the Year
    "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," Eli Young Band
    "Over You," Miranda Lambert
    "Pontoon," Little Big Town
    "Springsteen," Eric Church
    "Wanted," Hunter Hayes 

    Song of the Year
    "A Woman Like You," Lee Brice
    "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," Eli Young Band 
    "Over You," Miranda Lambert
    "Springsteen," Eric Church 
    "Wanted," Hunter Hayes

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    Songwriter of the Year
    Rodney Clawson
    Dallas Davidson
    Josh Kear
    Luke Laird
    Shane McAnally

    Video of the Year
    "Creepin'," Eric Church
    "Merry Go ‘Round," Kacey Musgraves
    "Tornado," Little Big Town
    "Wanted," Hunter Hayes
    "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor Swift
    "The Wind," Zac Brown Band 

    Vocal Event of the Year
    "Don't Rush," Kelly Clarkson Featuring Vince Gill 
    "Easy," Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield
    "Feel Like A Rock Star," Kenny Chesney (Duet With Tim McGraw)
    "Let It Rain," David Nail Featuring Sarah Buxton
    "The Only Way I Know," Jason Aldean With Luke Bryan & Eric Church

    See all the 2012 ACM Awards arrivals!

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