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Keith Urban leads all nominees for the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards with seven noms, including five for his album Ripcord, as well his seventh bid for entertainer of the year and 10th for male vocalist of the year. Just behind him are Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris, who have six nominations each, and Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw with five apiece.
Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to host the show for a second year. The ACMs, produced for TV by Dick Clark Productions, will air live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2 (8 p.m. ET) on CBS.
Seven-time female vocalist of the year Lambert is nominated in that category as well, in addition to her fifth nomination in the album of the year category for her acclaimed double-album The Weight of These Wings.
Lambert’s “Vice” is up for single record of the year, song of the year and video of the year. She was also nominated twice for "Vice" in the song of the year category, as both artist and songwriter. Lambert already holds the record for vocalist of the year wins, and if she wins this year it will mark her eighth consecutive victory in that category.
Keeping the momentum from her breakout year, first-time nominee Morris' six nods included female vocalist of the year and new female vocalist of the year, in addition to bids as both producer and artist in the album of the year race for Hero. She also earned noms as both artist and producer in single record of the year for “My Church.”
FGL notched its fifth nomination in the vocal duo of the year category, as well as its second bid for entertainer of the year and a nom for album of the year for Dig Your Roots. Sixteen-time ACM nominee McGraw got two nominations in single record of the year as both artist and producer for "Humble and Kind," and song of the year and video of the year for the same track.
If Urban wins entertainer of the year, he will be eligible for the academy's Triple Crown Award, which is given to artists who've won new male/female vocalist of the year, male/female vocalist of the year and entertainer of the year.
Other multiple nominees include Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton with three each. A list of nominees, voted on by the Academy of Country Music's professional membership, follows. For the full list of nominees, click here.
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