Keith Ur­ban leads Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic nom­i­na­tions

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NASHVILLE Keith Ur­ban’s bound­ary­push­ing al­bum “Rip­cord” has spawned sev­eral top coun­try sin­gles and led him to pick up seven nom­i­na­tions in­clud­ing en­ter­tainer of the year and al­bum of the year at this year’s Academy of Coun­try Mu­sic Awards.

Lady An­te­bel­lum an­nounced the nom­i­na­tions Thurs­day on “CBS This Morn­ing” for the awards show, which will be held April in Las Ve­gas and aired live on CBS. Ur­ban is also nominated for male vo­cal­ist of the year, sin­gle record of the year and song of the year.

Six-time nom­i­nee Mi­randa Lam­bert could make his­tory again as she is nominated for fe­male vo­cal­ist of the year, which she has won a record seven years in a row. She is also nominated for al­bum of the year for her dou­ble al­bum, “The Weight of These Wings,” sin­gle record of the year, song of the year and video of the year.

Com­ing off her Grammy win for best coun­try solo per­for­mance, Maren Mor­ris tied Lam­bert with six nom­i­na­tions, in­clud­ing al­bum of the year for “HERO.” She also is nominated as fe­male vo­cal­ist of the year, new fe­male vo­cal­ist of the year and sin­gle record of the year for her song, “My Church.”

With strong pop, dance and R&B in­flu­ences, Ur­ban’s al­bum has dom­i­nated coun­try ra­dio over the past year, with four sin­gles reach­ing the top six on Bill­board’s Hot Coun­try Songs chart.

Ur­ban, who per­formed his new­est sin­gle “The Fighter” at the Gram­mys last Sun­day with Car­rie Un­der­wood, said the en­ter­tainer of the year nom­i­na­tion is an ac­knowl­edge­ment of great live per­for­mances.

“I have been a mu­si­cian since I was six and play­ing on stage since I was like 7,” Ur­ban told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day. “I have al­ways loved per­form­ing on stage, be­ing an en­ter­tainer. So that cat­e­gory has al­ways been the high­est hon­our imag­in­able.”

He added that great per­for­mances are all about be­ing “in the flow,” and men­tioned Adele’s per­for­mance at the Gram­mys when she restarted her trib­ute to Ge­orge Michael.

“She had this in­cred­i­ble courage to stop it in the mid­dle of a live show and say, ‘Let me get this thing right,’” Ur­ban said. “It was the most ex­tra­or­di­nary thing I have ever seen on a live TV show.”

Com­pet­ing with Ur­ban for en­ter­tainer of the year will be last year’s win­ner, Ja­son Aldean, along with Luke Bryan, Florida Ge­or­gia Line and Un­der­wood.

Bryan and Dierks Bent­ley, who has three nom­i­na­tions, re­turn to host the awards for a sec­ond time to­gether.

PHOTO BY MATT SAYLES/INVISION/AP

Keith Ur­ban and Car­rie Un­der­wood per­form "The Fighter" at the 59th an­nual Grammy Awards on Sun­day in Los An­ge­les.

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