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Miranda Lambert leads ACM nominations with eight

Miranda Lambert performs at the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.
Miranda Lambert performs at the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. AP

The Academy of Country Music Awards bills its annual ceremony as “country music’s party of the year,” and there’s at least one attendee who will be in a very festive mood.

On Friday morning, Lindale native Miranda Lambert earned eight nominations, including nods for entertainer of the year and album of the year, for the 50th annual ACMs, which will be held April 19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. In fact, it could be big night for Lambert’s family: her husband, country star Blake Shelton, is co-hosting the ceremony with Luke Bryan and Shelton is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year.

In the race for most nominations, Dierks Bentley followed close behind Lambert with seven; Florida Georgia Line earned five while Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney and Eric Church each earned four.

The entertainer of the year category also includes Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, and Florida Georgia Line.

Other Texas natives competing for ACM trophies include Mineola’s Kacey Musgraves (female vocalist of the year and song of the year) and Denton’s Mike Eli, sharing in the nomination for vocal event of the year for his contribution to the Cadillac Three’s The South.

The ACMs plan to enlist fans to help choose the winners of entertainer of the year and new artist of the year (semi-finalist nominees for that category include Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell and Dan + Shay).

Fans can vote for their favorites at or, narrowing down the semi-finalist list to just three contenders.

The nominations were unveiled Friday morning, after being postponed earlier in the week due to weather conditions in the Northeast, via a “digital press conference,” which involved celebrities like Jason Aldean and Tara Lipinski posting photos to the ACMs’ various social media feeds.

For a full list of nominees in all categories, visit

The 50th annual ACM Awards will be held at 7 p.m. April 19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and broadcast live on CBS.

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