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A sold-out tour and a hit duet have put Kenny Chesney in the top slot for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards—Kenny garnered nine nominations during the ACM's first-ever digital press conference. Kenny's steamy duet with Grace Potter, "You and Tequila," earned him several nods, including Vocal Event of the Year, Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year. His album Hemingway's Whiskey earned a nomination for Album of the Year. Kenny's Goin' Coastal Tour, which featured Zac Brown Band and Billy Currington, no doubt helped seal his nomination as Entertainer of the Year, an award that Kenny took home for four consecutive years from 2005 to 2008.
It was another duet that helped Jason Aldean earn six ACM nominations. His power-ballad duet with Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay," was nominated for Single Record of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year. He also earned nods for Album of the Year for My Kinda Party and Video of the Year for "Tattoos on This Town." He's also nominated in the Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year categories.
Lady Antebelum has five nominations and Brad Paisley has four. Keith Urban was shut out for the first time since 2001.
Other notable nominations include Blake Shelton's nods for Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, as well as a first time Male Vocalist of the Year nomination for Chris Young. Toby Keith's video ode to plastic beverage containers, "Red Solo Cup," earned a Music Video of the Year nomination. Eric Church's album Chief, which has already earned some love from the Grammys, is nominated in the Album of the Year category, while Vince Gill's inspirational song, "Threaten Me With Heaven," earned a nomination in the Song of the Year category.
The star-studded live event will air from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1. at 8:00 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.
Songwriter of the Year
Video of the Year
Single Record of the Year
Song of the Year
Album of the Year
Vocal Group of the Year
Vocal Duo of the Year
Male Vocalist of the Year
Entertainer of the Year