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CHURCH, STAPLETON LEAD IN ACM NOMS

Eric Church and Chris Stapleton received five nominations each for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards being held 4/3 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

Cam, a first-time nominee, Chris Young and Little Big Town each received four nominations, followed by Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett with three.

Church is up for Entertainer of the Year against the show's co-host Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks and Lambert. He is also up for for Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood, Video of the Year for “Mr. Misunderstood” and Vocal Event of the Year for “Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban.

Stapleton's nominations are the first he has received as a performer, having been nominated only once before as a songwriter. He is up for Male Vocalist of the Year, New Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Traveller as an artist and producer, and Vocal Event of the Year for “Hangover Tonight” with Gary Allan.

This year's nominations are stacked with plenty of familiar names. Lambert's nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year is her 10th and a win would her seventh in a row. Carrie Underwood earned her  11th consecutive nomination in the category, having previously won four times, most recently in 2008.

Little Big Town, the reigning Vocal Group of the Year, received their 10th  nomination in the category. Aldean, the three-time reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, earned his sixth consecutive nomination in that category. Brooks and Rascal Flatts, current record holders for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year, respectively, could extend their holds on the categories.

 Among the newcomer nominees are Stapleton, Brett Eldredge, Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie & Tae, Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion.

Dierks Bentley will co-host the awards for the first time, joining Bryan, the reigning Entertainer of the Year. CBS will broadcast the event. See below for a list of artist noms.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
• Jason Aldean
• Garth Brooks
• Luke Bryan
• Eric Church
• Miranda Lambert

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Jason Aldean
• Dierks Bentley
• Eric Church
• Brett Eldredge
• Chris Stapleton

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Kelsea Ballerini
• Jana Kramer
• Miranda Lambert
• Kacey Musgraves
• Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
• Brothers Osborne
• Dan + Shay
• Florida Georgia Line
• Joey + Rory
• Maddie & Tae

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
• Eli Young Band
• Little Big Town
• Old Dominion
• Rascal Flatts
• Zac Brown Band

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Brett Eldredge
• Chris Janson
• Thomas Rhett
• Chase Rice
• Chris Stapleton

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
• Kelsea Ballerini
• Cam
• Mickey Guyton
• RaeLynn

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
• A Thousand Horses
• Brothers Osborne
• Maddie & Tae
• Old Dominion
• Parmalee

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
I’m Comin’ Over – Chris Young
Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
Record Label: RCA Records

Montevallo – Sam Hunt
Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally
Record Label: MCA Nashville

Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: EMI Records Nashville

Tangled Up – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Chris DeStefano, Joe London
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

Traveller – Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Records

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]
Burning House – Cam
Producers: Jeff Bhasker, Tyler Johnson, Camaron Ochs
Record Labels: Arista Nashville, RCA Records, Kravenworks

Buy Me A Boat – Chris Janson
Producers: Brent Anderson, Chris DuBois, Chris Janson
Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville

I’m Comin’ Over – Chris Young
Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
Record Label: RCA Nashville

Take Your Time – Sam Hunt
Producers: Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally
Record Label: MCA Nashville

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award)
Biscuits – Kacey Musgraves
Director: Mark Klasfeld
Producer: Nicole Acacio

Burning House – Cam
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Producer: Trent Hardville

Girl Crush – Little Big Town
Directors: Karla Welch, Matthew Welch
Producer: Amanda Prunesti

Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church
Directors: Reid Long, John Peets
Producer: Megan Smith

Riser – Dierks Bentley
Director: Wes Edwards
Producer: Jennifer Rothlein

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)
Hangover Tonight – Gary Allan Featuring Chris Stapleton
Producers: Gary Allan, Greg Droman
Record Label: MCA Nashville

Home Alone Tonight – Luke Bryan Featuring Karen Fairchild
Producers: Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens
Record Label: Capitol Nashville

Raise ‘Em Up – Keith Urban Featuring Eric Church
Producers: Nathan Chapman, Keith Urban
Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Nashville

Smokin’ And Drinkin’ – Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town
Producers: Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf
Record Label: RCA Nashville

Wild Child – Kenny Chesney With Grace Potter
Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia Nashville

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