Eric Church: Leads country nominees
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- They don't call him Chief for nothing: Eric Church is the top nominee at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.
The rising country music star has seven nominations for the April 7 awards show in Las Vegas. Hunter Hayes is next with six, followed by Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert at five apiece.
Swift and Lambert are up for the academy's top honor -- entertainer of the year -- with Lambert's husband, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan.
Shelton and Bryan will co-host the broadcast, to air live on CBS from the MGM Grand.
Church's "Chief" is up for album of the year along with Swift's "Red," Bryan's "tailgates & tanlines," Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" and Little Big Town's "Tornado." Jay Joyce produced the Church and Little Big Town albums and will take home a trophy if either wins. He's also up for producer of the year.
Church is also up for male vocalist of the year with 2012 winner Shelton, Bryan, Aldean and Toby Keith.
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