Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney Lead ACM Award Nominations
Miranda Lambert, one of country music's hottest entertainers, led the way on Tuesday with seven nominations for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, including her first Entertainer of the Year nod.
Lambert learned firsthand of her haul, reading out the list of nominees with Ronnie Dunn on "The Early Show" on CBS from the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton will co-host the annual awards show, which will be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 3, at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Lambert, a Texas native, earned Top Female Vocalist and Vocal Event with Sheryl Crow and Loretta Lynn for the single "Coal Miner's Daughter" from the album "Coal Miner's Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn."
Lambert was also nominated for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for her smash hit "The House That Built Me," which was written by Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin. Lambert's tune "Only Prettier" was nominated for Video of the Year, as was "The House That Built Me."
Kenny Chesney, who is one of the top live acts in music, was nominated for five awards, including Album of the Year for "Hemingway's Whiskey" and Single Record of the Year for "The Boys of Fall."
The native of East Tennessee also received nods as artist and producer. His video "The Boys of Fall" was nominated for Video of the Year.
Also receiving five nominations were newcomers the Zac Brown Band. They picked up nods for Top Vocal Group and Album of the Year. The band was also nominated for Song of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for "As She's Walking Away," featuring Alan Jackson.
Group leader Zac Brown picked up four additional individual nominations as the producer of their album "You Get What You Give," Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for "As She's Walking Away." He is also up for a songwriter award for "As She's Walking Away."
The Band Perry received four nods, including Top Vocal Group and Top New Vocal Duo or Group. Additionally they were nominated for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for "If I Die Young." Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry has an additional individual nomination as the writer of the single, which is up for Song of the Year.
Taylor Swift was nominated for four awards, including her second one for Entertainer of the Year. Should the singer win, it will be her first time to take home the trophy.
Swift is nominated as an artist and producer for Album of the Year for "Speak Now" and also earned a nomination for Top Female Vocalist.
Lady Antebellum pulled in three nods including Top Vocal Group. They were also nominated for Album of the Year as artists and producers for "Need You Now." The trio is the reigning ACM Top Vocal Group.
Four artists drew three nominations each.
Lee Brice received his first nominations from the Academy this year, garnering nods for Song of the Year and as both an artist and producer for Single Record of the Year "Love Like Crazy."
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