Eric Church is the top nominee at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.
The rising country music star has seven nominations for the April 7 awards show in Las Vegas. Hunter Hayes is next with six, followed by Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert at five apiece.
Swift and Lambert are up for the academy’s top honor entertainer of the year with Lambert’s husband, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan. Swift is going for her third straight win in that category.
The broadcast airs live on CBS from the MGM Grand.
Along with naming nominees in a series of videos online Wednesday morning, the academy also awarded trophies in the three new artist categories. Jana Kramer is the new female vocalist of the year, Brantley Gilbert is the new male vocalist winner, and Florida Georgia Line took new vocal duo or group, as voted by fans. Those three acts will now compete for new artist of the year.
Fans will continue to have a say in that category and entertainer of the year. Fans can vote in those categories beginning March 25 at http://VoteACM.com.
Church’s “Chief” is up for album of the year along with Swift’s “Red,” Bryan’s “tailgates & tanlines,” Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away,” and Little Big Town’s “Tornado.” Jay Joyce scored a rare double in the category: He produced the Church and Little Big Town albums and will take home a trophy if either wins. He’s also up for producer of the year.
A complete list of nominees is available at the academy’s Web site, http://acmcountry.com.
Tosh tickets on sale
Comedian Daniel Tosh of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0 will perform at 7 and 9:30 p.m. June 10 at Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd. Tickets for the mature show are priced at $49.50 and $65.00 and are available at etix.com or by calling the Stranahan Theater box office at 419-381-8851 or 1-866-381-7469.
Lady Gaga ailing
Lady Gaga has postponed shows today in Chicago, Saturday in Detroit, and Sunday in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, because of a case of severe joint inflammation. The tour is expected to resume on schedule Tuesday in Philadelphia. Makeup dates for the missed shows will be announced later.