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Kenny Chesney leads Academy of Country Music Awards nods

Evan Agostini / AP

Kenny Chesney is the top nominee at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, with nine nods including Entertainer of the Year, a category he has won four times since 2004. The singer is also up for Male Vocalist of the Year and as both artist and producer for Album of the Year for "Hemingway's Whiskey."

Jason Aldean is the second most-nominated artist, with nods for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year and Single Record of the Year for "Don't You Wanna Stay," his hit duet with Kelly Clarkson. Lady Antebellum is just behind Aldean with five nominations, including Vocal Group of the Year, which they have won the past two years. Taylor Swift leads in the female categories with three nominations overall, including her third consecutive nomination as Entertainer of the Year.

The ACM awards ceremony will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 1st on CBS. The show will be hosted by Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire.

The major nominations for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards are as follows:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Taylor Swift

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Chris Young

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Sara Evans

Miranda Lambert

Martina McBride

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

Love and Theft

Montgomery Gentry

Steel Magnolia

Sugarland

Thompson Square

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Band Perry

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

"Chief" – Eric Church (EMI-Nashville)

"Four the Record" – Miranda Lambert (RCA)

"Hemingway's Whiskey" – Kenny Chesney (BNA)

"My Kinda Party" – Jason Aldean (Broken Bow Records)

"Own the Night" – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR

"Crazy Girl" – Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)

"Don’t You Wanna Stay" – Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records)

"Red Solo Cup" – Toby Keith (Show Dog-Universal Music)

"Tomorrow" – Chris Young (RCA)

"You and Tequila" – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter (BNA)

SONG OF THE YEAR

"Crazy Girl" – Eli Young Band

"Home" – Dierks Bentley

"Just A Kiss" – Lady Antebellum

"Threaten Me With Heaven" – Vince Gill

"You and Tequila" – Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter