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Miranda Lambert leads ACM Awards with 8 nominations


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NEW YORK (AP) -- Miranda Lambert is continuing her reign as contemporary country queen with eight nominations at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.

The ACMs announced Friday that Lambert is the top contender, including a nomination for entertainer of the year, pitting her against top-billing male stars Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line.

Lambert is also nominated for album of the year for "Platinum" and female vocalist of the year.

The ACMs will be held April 19 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Dierks Bentley earned seven nominations, while chart-topping duo Florida Georgia Line is up for five honors.

The ACMs are celebrating their 50th year, and Bryan and Blake Shelton will help bring the party to life as the show's hosts. The show will air live on CBS.

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