The nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards have been named and Eric Church has managed to pick up seven nominations. The singer-songwriter managed to beat regular contender Taylor Swift in terms of nominations for the year. Swift managed to pick up five nominations for the 48th installment of the awards show.

Eric Church

The 35-year-old singer received nominations for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year as well. There were other categories which had Church’s mark stamped on them, such as the Video of the Year (Creepin’), as well as Single Record and Song of the Year for  ‘Springsteen’.

Taylor Swift picked up a nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, which is now her fourth consecutive nomination for the award. She also picked up nominations for Entertainer of the Year and Video of the Year for ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’. Hunter Hayes, who is a newcomer to the country music scene managed to pick up six nominations, including Video of the Year and New Male Vocalist of the Year.

The ceremony which is set to take place on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, will be hosted by Blake Shelton, who has hosted the show for 3 years now. Luke Bryan will also be co-hosting the evening.

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