Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift lead this year's Academy of Country Music Awards nominees

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It’s probably too early in the day for tequila, but Kenny Chesney has some celebrating to do.

The nominees for the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced this morning, and the “You and Tequila” singer safely leads the pack with an impressive total of nine nominations, including the major categories of Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album, Single, and Song of the Year.

Not far behind is Jason Aldean and his respectable six nods, while Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Toby Keith also nabbed multiple slots on this year’s ballot.

While Chesney is no stranger to these shindigs (the twangy beach bum has won Entertainer of the Year four times before), the singer’s been mostly dormant in recent years. But thanks to his huge crossover hit (which got an assist from the equally durable Grace Potter), the 43-year-old artist is enjoying a late-career surge.

The show will be hosted by Blake Shelton and Reba McIntyre, and CBS will air it live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand on April 1.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

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

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

·   Sugarland

·   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 (EMI-Nashville)

·   Four the Record – Miranda Lambert (RCA)

·   Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kenny Chesney (BNA)

·   My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean (Broken Bow Records)

·   Own the Night – Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records Nashville)

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR

·   “Crazy Girl” – Eli Young Band (Republic Nashville)

·   “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean With Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records)

·   “Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith (Show Dog-Universal Music)

·   “Tomorrow” – Chris Young (RCA)

·   “You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney, featuring Grace Potter (BNA)

SONG OF THE YEAR [Award to Composer(s)-Publisher(s)-Artist(s)]

·   “Crazy Girl” – Eli Young Band

 ·   “Home” – Dierks Bentley

·   “Just a Kiss” – Lady Antebellum

·   “Threaten Me With Heaven” – Vince Gill

·   “You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney, featuring Grace Potter

VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

·   “Homeboy” – Eric Church

·   “Just a Kiss” – Lady Antebellum

·   ” Mean” – Taylor Swift

·   “Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith

·   “Tattoos on This Town” – Jason Aldean

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

·   “Country Boy” – Aaron Lewis, featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels (R&J Records)

·   “Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean, with Kelly Clarkson (Broken Bow Records)

·  ” Old Alabama” – Brad Paisley, featuring Alabama (Arista Nashville)

·   “Remind Me” – Brad Paisley Duet, with Carrie Underwood (Arista Nashville)

·   “You and Tequila” – Kenny Chesney, featuring Grace Potter (BNA)

So what do you guys think? Who got snubbed? Who shouldn’t be in there? And why isn’t there more love for Eric Church? Sound off in the comments!

More on EW.com:
Grammy nominees list 2012
Grammys: Who got snubbed?
On the scene at the 2012 Grammy Nominations Concert: Best and worst moments


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