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FILE - In this March 18, 2011 file photo, country singer Eric Church performs at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. Luke Bryan leads the 2012 American Country Awards nominees with seven nominations; Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band each earned six nods; and Eric Church and Taylor Swift garnered five nominations. The American Country Awards will air live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Luke Bryan just keeps getting hotter.

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The rising country music star is the lead nominee for this year's American Country Awards with seven. He beat out established stars like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum in a field announced Wednesday morning.

Lady A and Zac Brown Band are next with six nominations apiece, while Eric Church and Swift took five nods each for the third annual fan-voted awards.

Bryan, Swift, Lady A, Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean are up for the night's top honor, artist of the year. Bryan also has nominations in the album, single and video of the year categories.

The ACAs will air live Dec. 10 on Fox from Las Vegas with Kristin Chenoweth and Trace Adkins returning as co-hosts. Voting is open on the show's website.



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