Kenny Chesney leads ACM Awards nominations with 9

AP Entertainment Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Kenny Chesney's steamy duet with Grace Potter, "You and Tequila," continues to radiate heat.

The song helped Chesney to nine Academy of Country Music Awards nominations Thursday, including the top honor, entertainer of the year. Jason Aldean was next with six nominations. Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton and last year's winner Taylor Swift round out the fan-voted category.

Lady Antebellum had five nominations, Paisley had four and several were deadlocked at three, including Swift.

The 47th annual ACM Awards will be aired live April 1 from Las Vegas on CBS.

Nominees were announced via social media with the help of stars like Reba McEntire and Lionel Richie.

Chesney is a four-time entertainer of the year winner. He's also nominated in the male vocalist and album of the year.



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