NASHVILLE, Tennessee Feb 13 American country
music singer-songwriter Eric Church emerged in the lead for the
annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Wednesday with seven
nominations in one of the biggest events in country music.
Church, 35, was nominated as Male Vocalist of the Year and
received his second consecutive nod for Album of the Year, this
time for his 2011 No. 1 album "Chief", in the 48th annual
Academy of Country Music Awards.
He was also nominated for Single Record and Song of the Year
for "Springsteen", which became his second No. 1 single last
year, and for Video of the Year for "Creepin'".
Newcomer Hunter Hayes garnered six nominations, including
New Male Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year for
"Wanted," while favorites Miranda Lambert and country-pop star
Taylor Swift received five nods each.
Swift received her fourth consecutive nomination for
Entertainer of the Year. If she wins, it will the 23-year-old
singer's third consecutive claim to that title which is decided
by country fans' voting.
Swift is nominated for the sixth time for Female Vocalist of
the Year and for the fourth time for Video of the Year for "We
Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will co-host the annual award
ceremony in Las Vegas on April 7.
(Reporting by Vernell Hackett, Editing by Belinda Goldsmith)