Keith Urban leads the field with 7 Academy of Country Music Award nods

Musician Keith Urban (L) and actress Nicole Kidman arrive for the the 23rd annual SAG Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 29. Urban was nominated for seven ACM Awards on Thursday. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

Feb. 16 (UPI) — Keith Urban was nominated Thursday for a leading seven Academy of Country Music Awards, including Entertainer of the Year.

Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris are each up for six prizes, while Florida Georgia Line and Tim McGraw are in the running for five awards apiece. Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton follow close behind with three nominations each.

Shortlisted with Urban for Entertainer of the Year are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood.

The nominees for Male Vocalist of the Year are Aldean, Bentley, Rhett, Stapleton and Urban.

Contenders for Female Vocalist of the Year are Lambert, Morris, Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini and Kacey Musgraves.

Competing for the Album of the Year Award are “Black” by Bentley, “Dig Your Roots” by Florida Georgia Line, “Hero” by Morris, “Ripcord” by Urban and “The Weight of These Wings” by Lambert.

Bryan and Bentley will return to host the ceremony for the second, consecutive year. The gala will be broadcast live on CBS from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 2.

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