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The country world just keeps coming up Chesney.
Kenny Chesney led the way this morning when Reba McEntire announced the nominees for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (that’s the ACMs, not to be confused with the CMAs, the CMTs or the ACAs…phew) with a leading nine nominations, including the most prestigious nod of the night, Entertainer of the Year.
Hot on his honky-tonk heels was Jason Aldean, who scored six nominations, followed by Lady Antebellum with five, Brad Paisley with four, and Toby Keith, Eli Young Band, Grace Potter and country darling Taylor Swift with three apiece.
Chesney is certainly a favorite going into the night, having already won Entertainer of the Year four times before. he competes this time around with Aldean, Paisley, Swift, and the show’s cohost Blake Shelton.
Meanwhile, Chesney is also up for Song, Record and Vocal Event of the Year, for “You and Tequila” with Grace Potter, as well as Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for Hemingway’s Whiskey (Chesney actually racked up double nominations in several of the categories, as both artist and producer).
In addition to the Entertainer of the Year nod, Aldean is up against Chesney in the Male Vocalist, Single Record and Vocal Event of the Year for his Kelly Clarkson duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” His my Kinda Party is also up for Album of the Year.
Competing alongside him and Chesney in that category are Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church.
Lady A has the honor of being the most nominated group of the night, for Vocal Group of the Year (which they’ve won the past two years), and Song and Video of the Year for “Just a Kiss.”
Meanwhile, the reigning Entertainer of the Year, Swift, is the most nominated solo female star of the night, and counts Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year nominations—the latter for “Mean”—among her haul.
Other notable nominees include Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Aaron Lewis, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson, who each scored two nods apiece. Martina McBride, Sugarland, Sara Evans, Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band are also up.
As always, fan voting for the New Artist of the Year (nominations for which won’t be announced until Jan. 30) and Entertainer of the Year begins March 19. McEntire and Shelton host the ceremony, taking place live from Las Vegas April 1.
Here’s the complete list of nominees:
Entertainer of the YearJason AldeanKenny ChesneyBrad PaisleyBlake SheltonTaylor Swift
Male Vocalist of the YearJason AldeanKenny ChesneyBrad PaisleyBlake SheltonChris Young
Female Vocalist of the YearSara EvansMiranda LambertMartina McBrideTaylor SwiftCarrie Underwood
Vocal Duo of the YearLove and TheftMontgomery GentrySteel MagnoliaSugarlandThompson Square
Vocal Group of the YearThe Band PerryEli Young BandLady AntebellumRascal FlattsZac Brown Band
Album of the YearEric Church, ChiefMiranda Lambert, four the RecordKenny Chesney, Hemingway’s WhiskeyJason Aldean, my Kinda PartyLady Antebellum, own the Night
Single Record of the YearEli Young Band, “Crazy Girl”Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup”Chris Young, “Tomorrow”Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter, “You and Tequila”
Song of the YearEli Young Band, “Crazy Girl”Dierks Bentley, “Home”Lady Antebellum, “Just a Kiss”Vince Gill, “Threaten Me With Heaven”Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter, “You and Tequila”
Songwriter of the YearRhett AkinsDallas DavidsonBen HayslipLuke LairdDavid Lee Murphy
Video of the Year“Homeboy,” Eric Church”Just a Kiss,” Lady Antebellum “Mean,” Taylor Swift”Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith”Tattoos on This Town,” Jason Aldean
Vocal Event of the YearAaron Lewis featuring George Jones & Charlie Daniels, “Country Boy”Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”Brad Paisley featuring Alabama, “Old Alabama”Brad Paisley Duet with Carrie Underwood, “Remind Me”Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter, “You and Tequila”