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by Cyndi Hoelzle

April 5, 2013

ACM Awards Nominees 2013

by Cyndi Hoelzle  |  April 5, 2013

Get ready, Sin City. The annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from Vegas on Sunday night, and this year promises to be quite a party.

The night’s biggest award, Entertainer of the Year, is fan-voted. Last year Taylor Swift enlisted her cat to solicit votes on social media, and took home the prize. She’s up for it again this year, along with broadcast cohosts Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, radio favorite Jason Aldean, and Shelton’s better half, Miranda Lambert.

Though there are few surprises in the nominees, there are several bright spots: Authenticity reigns as Eric Church leads the pack with seven nominations, and country’s newest It Girl, Kacey Musgraves, is nominated for Top Female Vocalist -- the first ever to accomplish that feat on the strength of a debut single. Oh, and by the way: Already announced is the ACM Poet’s Award, bestowed this year upon Guy Clark and Hank Williams. Anytime you’ve got those two names mentioned on a network country show, it’s already a win.

And the nominees are ...

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