Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney among top 2012 CMA Awards nominees

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Swift, Chesney among top 2012 CMA Awards nominees

LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and Jason Aldean were nominated Wednesday for the Country Music Assn.’s top honor as entertainer of the year, an award to be handed out Nov. 1 at the 46th CMA Awards ceremony in Nashville.

Relative newcomer Eric Church, who received his first nomination last year, scored the most nominations this year with five, largely for his musical homage to rock star Bruce Springsteen: his song “Springsteen” is up for single, song and video of the year. His third offering, “Chief,” also is nominated for album of the year, and he’s up for male vocalist along with Shelton, Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan.

Shelton and his wife, singer Miranda Lambert, tallied four nominations apiece. Aldean, Swift, Chesney, Little Big Town and Dierks Bentley got three each.

The female vocalist nominees are Carrie Underwood, Swift, Lambert, Kelly Clarkson and Martina McBride. Underwood once again will co-host the ceremony with Paisley.

Album of the year nominees along with Church’s “Chief” are Lambert’s “Four the Record”; Bryan’s “Tailgates and Tanlines”; Lady Antebellum’s “Own the Night”; and Bentley’s “Home.”

Contenders in the vocal group category are Lady Antebellum, which has taken the award three years running; Little Big Town; the Zac Brown Band; the Eli Young Band; and the Band Perry.

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