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ACM readies for awards on Sunday

Friday, April 17, 2015 – All roads are pointing to Arlington, Texas this weekend as the Academy of Country Music Awards are being held there on Sunday night.

Miranda Lambert was nominated in all seven ACM categories, although she received a total of eight nominations because she received two in the same category for Song of the Year.

Lambert was nominated for Entertainer of the Year along withy Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Garth Brooks.

Perhaps include George Strait, who will debut his new single, "Let It Go." Other performers will include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, special duets by Christina Aguilera with surprise artists as well as Nick Jonas with Dan + Shay plus Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell, the nominees for New Artist of the Year.

Troy Aikman, Clint Black, Lee Brice, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Mickey Guyton, Hunter Hayes, Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev, Dr. Phil McGraw, Justin Moore, Nancy O'Dell, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett, Tony Romo, Darius Rucker, Steven Tyler, Keith Urban, Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Jason Witten, Trisha Yearwood, Dwight Yoakam, Alabama,and Big & Rich will also be presenters.

Other key nominations are: Male Vocalist - Aldean, Bentley, Bryan, Church, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist - Brandy Clark, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood and Lambert.

Vocal Duo - Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Maddie & Tae and The Swon Brothers

Vocal Group - Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band.

Album of the Year (awarded to artist, producer, record label)
Jason Aldean - "Old Boots, New Dirt," Michael Knox, Broken Bow
Little Big Town - "Pain Killer," Jay Joyce, Capitol Nashville
Lambert - Platinum," Chuck Ainlay, Frank Liddell, Glenn Worf, RCA Nashville
Bentley - "Riser," Ross Copperman and Jaren Johnston, Capitol Nashville
Eric Church - "The Outsiders,"Jay Joyce, EMI Nashville

Single Record (awarded to artist, producer, record label)
"American Kids" - Kenny Chesney, producers Buddy Cannon and Chesney; Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville
"Automatic" - Lambert, producers: Ainlay, producers: Liddell and Worf, RCA Nashville
"Dirt" - Florida Georgia Line, producer: Joey Moi, RCA Nashville
"Drunk on a Plane" - Bentley, producer: Copperman, Capitol Nashville
"I Don't Dance" - Lee Brice, producer: Brice, Curb

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