Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert lead ACM nominations

The nominations for the 2017 Academy of Country Music Awards have been announced, and the early favorite looks to be Keith Urban.

The Australian singer leads the field with seven nominations, including for the major categories of album of the year, entertainer of the year and male vocalist of the year.

Last year, Urban released the acclaimed album “Ripcord,” which yielded the hit single “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”

Miranda Lambert came in second in the nominations tally with six, including nods for album of the year, for her double-LP “The Weight of These Wings,” and single of the year for the raucous “Vice.”

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will again host the show live from Las Vegas. The ACMs will air April 2 on CBS.

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