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Eric Church, Chris Stapleton lead ACM nominations

Eric Church and Chris Stapleton lead the nominees for the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards with five nominations each, including male vocalist and album of the year.

In nominations announced Monday, Church earned a first-time nod for entertainer of the year, along with Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan — co-hosting the show with Dierks Bentley — and Miranda Lambert. Church also earned nominations for video of the year for "Mr. Misunderstood," and vocal event of the year for "Raise 'Em Up" with Keith Urban.

Bryan and Blake Shelton, who got shut out of nominations this year, had been co-hosts of the show since 2013, but...

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