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CMAs announce nominations

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 – Eric Church led the 46th Country Music Association award nominations with five. Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton each received four nominations. Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town and Taylor Swift each received three nominations.

Nominees for the big award of the night, Entertainer of the Year, were Aldean, Shelton, Chesney, Brad Paisley, Swift.

The nominations were announced Wednesday morning during the Good Morning America show.

Male entertainer nominees were: Aldean, Bryan, Church, Shelton and Keith Urban.

On the female side, nominees were Lambert, Swift, Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride.

Vocal group nominees were: Eli Young Band, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, The Band Perry and Zac Brown Band.

Album of the Year nominations were:
Eric Church - Chief
Miranda Lambert - Four the Record
Dierks Bentley - Home
Lady Antebellum - Own the Night
Luke Bryan - tailgates & tanlines

"It's great to be recognized," Bryan said. "It's just been an amazing cap the year off with some CMA nominations is pretty amazing...You just ride the ride and enjoy every little thing along the way."

Bryan and Aldean will face off in several categories, causing Aldean to joke, "We're friends now."

"It's been amazing couple of years," said Aldean." Our shows over the past couple of years have been incredible. Obviously, that's the big award of the night. That's an award every artist would love to have."

Other award nominees were:

Music Video:
Come Over - Chesney
Over You - Lambert
Pontoon - Little Big Town
Red Solo Cup - Toby Keith
Springsteen - Church

Sam Bush - mandolin
Paul Franklin - steel
Dann Huff - guitar
Brent Mason - Guitar
Mac McAnally - Guitar

Dirt Road Anthem - Aldean
God Gave Me You - Shelton
Home - Bentley
Pontoon - Little Big Town
Springsteen - Church

Song of the Year:
Even If It Breaks Your Heart - Will Hoge and Eric Paslay (performed by Eli Young Band)
God Gave Me You - Shelton
Home - Bentley
Over You - Lambert and Shelton
Springsteen - Church

Musical Event:
Dixie Highway - Alan Jackson with Zac Brown Band
Feel Like a Rockstar - Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw
Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Do - Willie Nelson with Snoop Dogg, Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson
Safe & Sound Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars
Stuck On You - Lionel Richie with Darius Rucker

Vocal duo
Big & Rich
Love And Theft
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

New Artist
Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Love And Theft
Thompson Square

National Broadcast Personality of the Year: Whitney Allen, Lon Helton of CMT's Country Countdown USA and The Crook & Chase Countdown,

Major market radio station nominees: KNIX, Phoenix; KWJJ, Portland, Ore; WKLB of Boston; WMZQ - Washington and WPOC - Baltimore

The awards will be held Nov. 1 from Nashville.

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