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Church leads ACM nominations

Monday, February 1, 2016 – Eric Church led the pack with five Academy of Country Much awards nominations on Monday, including Entertainer of the Year.

Church also is up for Album of the Year for the surprise disc "Mr. Misunderstood," Male Vocalist of the Year, Video of the Year "Mr. Misunderstood" and Musical Event of the Year for "Raise 'Em Up" with Keith Urban.

Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town captured four nominations apiece. Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett and Cam scored three each.

Nominees were:

Entertainer: Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert.

Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton.

Female Vocalist: Kelsea Ballerini, Jana Kramer, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood.

Vocal Duo: Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Joey + Rory, Maddie & Tae.

Vocal Group: Eli Young Band, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band.

New Male: Brett Eldredge, Chris Janson, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Chris Stapleton.

New Female: Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Mickey Guyton, RaeLynn.

New Vocal Duo/Group: A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Maddie & Tae, Old Dominion, Parmalee.

Album: I'm Comin' Over, Chris Young; Montevallo, Sam Hunt; Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church; Tangled Up ,Thomas Rhett; Traveller, Chris Stapleton.

Single: "Burning House," Cam; "Buy Me A Boat," Chris Janson; "Die A Happy Man," Thomas Rhett; "Girl Crush," Little Big Town; I'm Comin' Over," Chris Young; "Take Your Time," Sam Hunt.

Video: "Biscuits," Kacey Musgraves; "Burning House," Cam; "Girl Crush," Little Big Town; "Mr. Misunderstood," Eric Church; "Riser," Dierks Bentley.

Vocal Event: "Hangover Tonight," Gary Allan f/Chris Stapleton; "Home Alone Tonight," Luke Bryan f/Karen Fairchild; "Raise 'Em Up," Keith Urban f/Eric Church; "Smokin' And Drinkin'," Miranda Lambert f/Little Big Town; "Wild Child," Kenny Chesney w/Grace Potter.

Radio nominees were:

National On-Air Personality (tie):
Blair Garner, Chuck Wicks, America's Morning Show
Cody Alan, CMT After MidNite
Lon Helton, Country Countdown USA
Lorianne Crook, Charlie Chase, The Crook and Chase Countdown
Sam Alex, Taste of Country Nights
The Bobby Bones Show
Whitney Allen, Jackie Stevens, Mike McNamee, The Big Time.

Major Market Personality:
Ben Campbell, Matt McAllister, KNIX/Phoenix
Cadillac Jack, WQYK/Tampa
Chris Carr, Maverick, Kia, KEEY/MInneapolis
Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight, WKKT/Charlotte
Tanner in the Morning, WSOC/Charlotte.

Large Market Personality:
AJ & Ashley In The Morning, WWKA/Orlando
Dave O'Brien, WLHK/Indianapolis
Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt, Kevin Freeman, WFMS/Indianapolis
Karen, Scott, Radar, WMIL/Milwaukee
Randy Carroll, Jamie Martin, KAJA/San Antonio.

Medium Market Personality:
Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt, WIVK/Knoxville
Broadway, Cory, Jordan, WWYZ/Hartford
Buzz Jackson, KIIM/Tucson
Scott Wynn, Sarah Kay, Sue Wilson, WQMX/Akron
The Dex And Mo Show, WUSY/Chattanooga.

Small Market Personality:
Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, Tracy Berry, KKNU/Eugene, OR
Brent Lane, Candy Ruddy; WYCT/Pensacola, FL
Brian Gary, Todd Harding, Susan Moore, KUAD/Fort Collins, CO
Scotty Cox, Cara Denis, KCLR/Columbia, MO
Sherry St. John, WXFL/Florence, AL.

Major Market Station:
KMLE/Phoenix
WKKT/Charlotte
WKLB/Boston
WQYK/Tampa
WYCD/Detroit

Large Market Station:
KAJA/San Antonio
WLHK/Indianapolis
WMIL/Milwaukee
WUBE/Cincinnati
WQDR/Raleigh

Medium Market Station:
KUZZ/Bakersfield
WHKO/Dayton
WIVK/Knoxville WQMX/Akron WUSY/Chattanooga

Small Market Station:
KKNU/Eugene, OR
TKTTS/Springfield, MO
WGSQ/Cookeville, TN WXFL/Florence, AL WYCT/Pensacola, FL

Radio Nominees:

National On-Air Personality (tie):

Blair Garner, Chuck Wicks, America's Morning Show
Cody Alan, CMT After MidNite
Lon Helton, Country Countdown USA
Lorianne Crook, Charlie Chase, The Crook and Chase Countdown
Sam Alex, Taste of Country Nights
The Bobby Bones Show
Whitney Allen, Jackie Stevens, Mike McNamee, The Big Time.

Major Market Personality:

Ben Campbell, Matt McAllister, KNIX/Phoenix
Cadillac Jack, WQYK/Tampa
Chris Carr, Maverick, Kia, KEEY/MInneapolis
Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, Geof Knight, WKKT/Charlotte
Tanner in the Morning, WSOC/Charlotte.

Large Market Personality:
AJ & Ashley In The Morning, WWKA/Orlando
Dave O'Brien, WLHK/Indianapolis
Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt, Kevin Freeman, WFMS/Indianapolis
Karen, Scott, Radar, WMIL/Milwaukee
Randy Carroll, Jamie Martin, KAJA/San Antonio.

Medium Market Personality:
Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, Jimmy Holt, WIVK/Knoxville
Broadway, Cory, Jordan, WWYZ/Hartford
Buzz Jackson, KIIM/Tucson
Scott Wynn, Sarah Kay, Sue Wilson, WQMX/Akron
The Dex And Mo Show, WUSY/Chattanooga.

Small Market Personality:
Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, Tracy Berry, KKNU/Eugene, OR
Brent Lane, Candy Ruddy; WYCT/Pensacola, FL
Brian Gary, Todd Harding, Susan Moore, KUAD/Fort Collins, CO
Scotty Cox, Cara Denis, KCLR/Columbia, MO
Sherry St. John, WXFL/Florence, AL.

Major Market Station:
KMLE/Phoenix
WKKT/Charlotte
WKLB/Boston
WQYK/Tampa
WYCD/Detroit

Large Market Station:
KAJA/San Antonio
WLHK/Indianapolis
WMIL/Milwaukee
WUBE/Cincinnati
WQDR/Raleigh

Medium Market Station:
KUZZ/Bakersfield
WHKO/Dayton
WIVK/Knoxville
WQMX/Akron
WUSY/Chattanooga

Small Market Station:
KKNU/Eugene, OR
KTTS/Springfield, MO
WGSQ/Cookeville, TN
WXFL/Florence, AL
WYCT/Pensacola, FL

The ACMS will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 3 with CBS broadcasting. Bentley and Bryan will host the show.

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