Kenny Chesney Leads Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

kenny chesneyThe Academy of Country Music released their 2012 nominations this morning with Kenny Chesney leading the pack with nine nominations in a variety of categories, including Entertainer of the Year, Best Male Vocal Artist, and Best Album of the Year (for Hemingway’s Whiskey). You don’t really have to be a country fan to knows who Chesney is, at least by name alone, so it’s no surprise he earned so much recognition this year. He’s basically the country equivalent of Country Music’s Katy Perry — they’re both too beloved to not get nominated.

Meanwhile, Jason Aldean came in an impressive second with six nominations, ahead of Lady Antebellum who collected five, followed by Brad Paisley who received four and Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Grace Potter and the Eli Young Band all tying with three apiece. Fans’ votes will determine the finalists for the New Artist of the Year category, which will be announced in February. Additionally, Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton are set to co-host the award show, which will air live on April 1 on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Check out the nominees in some of the top categories below:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean

Jenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Chris Young

Female Vocalist of the Year

Sara Evans

Miranda Lambert

Martina McBride

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

Love and Theft

Montgomery Gentry

Steel Magnolia


Thompson Square

Vocal Group of the Year

The Band Perry

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

Album of the Year

Chief – Eric Church

Four The Record – Miranda Lambert

Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney

My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean

Own The Night – Lady Antebellum

For the full list of nominees in all categories, click here.

Source: AMC Country, Reuters