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Swift among CMA's Entertainer of the Year nominees

NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Swift will go for her third entertainer of the year award at this year's Country Music Association Awards, but she'll have to share the spotlight.

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There was little surprise as Swift, a two-time winner for the CMA's top award, was nominated in the category with previous winners Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley and also Jason Aldean and Blake Shelton. There was a shake-up in other major categories, however, as rising stars Eric Church and Luke Bryan entered the mix for the first time.

Church is this year's top nominee with five, followed closely by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. The husband and wife have four nominations apiece.

Bryan was clearly taken aback when his name popped up among nominees as he and good friend Aldean announced the first five categories Wednesday morning on "Good Morning America."

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Bryan entered this year's nominations with a splash, taking nods in two prestigious categories -- male vocalist and album of the year. He and Eric Church helped knock longtime nominee and multiple winner Paisley off the list of male vocalist nominees, joining Aldean, Shelton and Keith Urban.

Bryan and Church also entered the list of album of the year nominees for the first time -- Bryan for "Tailgates & Tanlines" and Church for "Chief." Other nominees in that category included Miranda Lambert's "Four the Record," Dierks Bentley's "Home" and Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night."

Kelly Clarkson broke through in the female vocalist category, joining previous nominees Swift, Lambert, Underwood and Martina McBride. It's Clarkson's first individual CMA nomination.

Lady Antebellum will go for their fourth straight vocal group of the year award against Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry, Little Big Town and Eli Young Band.

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Bryan was a late replacement for Lady Antebellum, whose flight to New York was delayed. He filled in with Aldean on "GMA," then moved over to the B.B. King Blues Club to announce the rest of the field.

Church picked up two more nominations in the single and song of the year categories for his hit "Springsteen."

Vocal duo nominees include Sugarland, Big & Rich, Thompson Square, Love and Theft and The Civil Wars, which also scored a nomination with Swift for their "Safe & Sound" collaboration on "The Hunger Games" soundtrack.

New artist nominees are Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Love and Theft and Thompson Square.

The 46th annual CMA Awards will air live Nov. 1 on ABC from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Carrie Underwood and Paisley will host.

40Comments
Sep 7, 2012 11:37AM
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Taylor Swift is the epitome of what everyone wants to be in the music industry.  On top of that, she is very smart, sincere and good-looking.  She deserves everything she gets.  What a classy role model for young girls (and boys).
Sep 7, 2012 1:09AM
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Also to add 1, I will always support you! Come on, we are all for your dreams and war. love you

Sep 7, 2012 1:07AM
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Remember to listen to Taylor's first song is "love story", that is like her songs style. Natural and appropriate, easy to here. Side around know negative her singing, but also had to her creative talent and admit defeat. Everyone has his heart music, sincere heart sing out, this also is wrong? Perhaps, it can move more heart.

Sep 6, 2012 9:30AM
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Aw! What nasty things to say. The award is about her music, not her personal life. She's one of the only singers out there that is actually an artist and writes their own music. She's a fabulous entertainer as well. You can choose not to like her music, but you can't deny that she is talented. You don't become a billionaire with millions of fans around the world by sucking. 
Sep 5, 2012 12:07PM
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Shouldn't you have to actually write and perform country music to get a Country Music Award?  When did Pop Music qualify?
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