Chesney tops ACM Award noms with 11


NASHVILLE -- Country superstar Kenny Chesney leads all comers with 11 nominations for the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, including entertainer of the year and top male vocalist.

Chesney was also nominated as an artist and producer for album of the year for "Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates" and for single of the year, song of the year and top video for "Don't Blink." If Chesney wins entertainer, which for the first time will be a fan-voted honor, it will be his fourth consecutive win in the category, tying Garth Brooks.

Meanwhile, rising star Rodney Atkins is nominated for six awards, including top male vocalist, song and album. He won top new male vocalist at last year's show. Reigning top male vocalist Brad Paisley is nominated in four categories, including entertainer, male vocalist, album and video.

Big & Rich received four nominations, including top vocal duo and single, song and video of the year. John Rich is nominated for a producer and writer award and Big Kenny Alphin is nominated for two producing awards.

Sugarland also was nominated for four awards, including duo, song single and video of the year. The duo's Jennifer Nettles received two nominations for writing and producing and Kristian Bush received one for producing.

Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift nabbed three nominations each, leading all female nominees. Both are up for album of the year.

Artists not traditionally associated with the genre were represented among the nominees. Bon Jovi picked up its second ACM nomination, this time in the vocal event category for a duet with LeAnn Rimes, "Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore." Sheryl Crow picks up a vocal event nomination for the second year in a row, this year for "What You Give Away" with Vince Gill.

The Eagles grabbed their second top vocal group nomination; the first came in 1975. Kelly Clarkson picked up her first nomination, for vocal event, with Reba McEntire, who will host the show for the tenth time.

The show, set to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 18, will air live at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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