Fans And Celebrities Announce Nominations For ACM Awards

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kenny chesney Fans And Celebrities Announce Nominations For ACM Awards

Kenny Chesney (Photo Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Nominations were announced today for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, a star-studded event produced for television by Dick Clark Productions set to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8pm ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

Kenny Chesney leads male nominees with nine nominations; Jason Aldean earns six nominations, Brad Paisley earns four nominations, Toby Keith earns three nominations; Taylor Swift leads solo female nominations with three, Grace Potter receives three noms for projects with Kenny Chesney; Lady Antebellum leads group nominations with five, Eli Young Band earns three.

Nominees were announced online via the first-ever ACM digital press conference this morning on the Academy’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Awards co-host Reba McEntire participated with a video message to kick things off. Other entertainers announcing the nominations included Lionel Richie, who will be honored during a special taping of ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends In Concert in April (to air at a later date on CBS); Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls); Nancy O’Dell (Entertainment Tonight); and Michael Ausiello (TVLine.com).

The approximately 20-minute online event culminated in music fans announcing the nominees for the Academy’s biggest prize, Entertainer of the Year, a privilege fans embraced for the first time ever by submitting videos naming their favorite artist. Fans from around the country announced Entertainer of the Year nominees Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift.

Here are some of nominations that were released on ACM Facebook with video.

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
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