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Nominees for the 23rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced Tuesday, and Hank Williams Jr. topped the field with nominations in six categories for the nationally televised March 21 show. Randy Travis was close behind with five nominations, followed by George Strait (four) and Alabama, K.T. Oslin and Ricky Van Shelton (three each). Nominated for entertainer of the year were Alabama, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Travis and Williams. Female vocalist: Rosanne Cash, Crystal Gayle, Kathy Mattea, McEntire and Tanya Tucker. Male vocalist: Ronnie Milsap, Strait, Travis, Steve Wariner and Williams. Vocal group: Alabama, Exile, Highway 101, Restless Heart and the Oak Ridge Boys.

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