Taylor Swift in Nashville
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Will this year's Academy of Country Music Awards be a ladies' night? Taylor Swift
and Carrie Underwood
are nominated for album of the year for their albums Fearless
and Carnival Ride
respectively, the Academy announced Thursday. George Strait (for Troubadour
), Jamey Johnson (That Lonesome Song
) and Montgomery Gentry (Back When I Knew It All
) round out the category.
The 44th annual ACM Awards
will be hosted – for a record eleventh time – by Reba McEntire on Sunday, April 5, and be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Swift, Tim McGraw
, Rascall Flatts, Sugarland and nominees Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Heidi Newfield are scheduled to perform, the Academy announced.Brad Paisley
leads the group of ACM nominees
with six nods this year, including for entertainer of the year and top male vocalist. (Other nominations were previously announced.) Other top nominees include Newfield, Strait and Johnson, who each received five nominations. Swift, Kenny Chesney
and Underwood have four nominations apiece.