Eric Church had plenty to sing about Wednesday morning, when he became top nominee for this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.
In all, the singer-songwriter, whose 2011 album Chief contained the hit singles “Homeboy” and “Drink in My Hand,” received seven nods, including song and single of the year for “Springsteen.” He was followed by Hunter Hayes with six, and Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert with five each, including entertainer of the year.
Also in the running for that top honor is Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, along with Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. Swift has already claimed the title for the past three years.
Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, and Little Big Town each received four nominations.
The 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards will air live on CBS Sunday, April 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT from Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena. A complete list of nominees is available at the ACM website.
Also revealed Wednesday were the ACM winners as decided by fans in three new artist categories: Jana Kramer, as new female vocalist of the year; Brantley Gilbert, as new male vocalist; and Florida Georgia Line, as new vocal duo or group. The three acts will now vie for the title of new artist of the year.
Fans may also choose who will be entertainer of the year. Voting begins March 25 at http://VoteACM.com.