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Kenny Chesney Leads 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Nominations

Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift also multiple nominees

January 26, 2012 10:00 AM ET
Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney performs at the 45th annual CMA Awards.
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Kenny Chesney is the top nominee at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, with nine nods including Entertain of the Year, a category he has won four times since 2004. The singer is also up Male Vocalist of the Year and as both artist and producer for Album of the Year for Hemingway's Whiskey.

Jason Aldean is the second most-nominated artist, with nods for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Single Record of the Year for "Don't You Wanna Stay," his hit duet with Kelly Clarkson. Lady Antebellum is just behind Aldean with five nominations, including Vocal Group of the Year, which they have won the past two years. Taylor Swift leads in the female categories with three nominations overall, including her third consecutive nomination as Entertainer of the Year.

The ACM awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 1st on CBS. The show will be hosted by Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire.

The major nominations for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are as follows:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Chris Young

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Love and Theft
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia
Sugarland
Thompson Square

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Chief – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)
Produced by:  Arturo Buenahora, Jr., Jay Joyce

Four the Record – Miranda Lambert (RCA)
Produced by: Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf

Hemingway's Whiskey – Kenny Chesney (BNA)
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean (Broken Bow Records)
Produced by: Michael Knox

Own the Night – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)
Produced by: Lady Antebellum, Paul Worley
   
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR

"Crazy Girl" – Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)
Produced by: Mike Wrucke

"Don’t You Wanna Stay" – Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records)
Produced by: Michael Knox

"Red Solo Cup" – Toby Keith (Show Dog-Universal Music)
Produced by: Toby Keith

"Tomorrow" – Chris Young (RCA)
Produced by: James Stroud

"You and Tequila" – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter (BNA)
Produced by: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney

SONG OF THE YEAR

"Crazy Girl" – Eli Young Band
Composers: Lee Brice, Liz Rose
Publishers: Cake Taker Music (BMI), Mike Curb Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Sweet Hysteria Music (BMI)

"Home" – Dierks Bentley
Composers: Brett Beavers, Dierks Bentley, Dan Wilson
Publishers: Big White Tracks (ASCAP), Chestnut Barn Music (BMI), Chrysalis Music/BMG Rights (ASCAP), Chrysalis One Songs (BMI)

"Just A Kiss" – Lady Antebellum
Composers: Dallas Davidson, Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott
Publishers:  Dwhaywood Music (BMI), EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI), EMI Foray Music (SESAC), Hillary Dawn Songs (SESAC), Radiobulletspublishing (BMI), String Stretcher Music (BMI), Warner-Tamberlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)

"Threaten Me With Heaven" – Vince Gill
Composers: Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Dillon O’Brian, Will Owsley
Publishers: Grant Girls Music (ASCAP), Vinny Mae Music (BMI), Willie-O Music (ASCAP)

"You and Tequila" – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter
Composers: Matraca Berg, Deana Carter
Publishers:  Deanaling Music (ASCAP), Hannaberg Music (BMI), Songs of Universal Inc. (BMI), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)

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