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Chris Stapleton and Eric Church lead the way at Academy of Country Music Awards

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Chris Stapleton and Eric Church lead the way at Academy of Country Music Awards

Chris Stapleton and Eric Church lead the nominations at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Both artists received five nods each, with Cam, Chris Young and Little Big Town following closely behind with the trio in contention for four accolades each.

Both Stapleton and Church will battle it out in the Male Vocalist of the Year category and for Album of the Year, with their LPs 'Traveller' and 'Mr. Misunderstood' in the running respectively.

Miranda Lambert is up for three prizes; Entertainer of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for 'Smokin' and Drinkin'' which features Little Big Town.

Keith Urban - Nicole Kidman's husband - is up for Vocal Event Of The Year for his performance of 'Raise 'Em Up' with Eric Church.

Kacey Musgraves could take home the prize for Video of the Year for the promo for 'Biscuits', while she will compete against Miranda for the Female Vocalist of the Year accolade.

The 2016 ACM Awards return to Las Vegas on Sunday April 3, and will be broadcast on CBS with legendary country music stars Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley hosting the ceremony.

Both are also nominated for awards with Luke up for Entertainer of the Year and Dierks Male Vocalist of the Year.

The 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards nominations:

Entertainer of the Year:

Jason Aldean

Garth Brooks

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year:

Jason Aldean

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Brett Eldredge

Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year:

Kelsea Ballerini

Jana Kramer

Miranda Lambert

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year:

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Joey + Rory

Maddie & Tae

Vocal Group of the Year:

Eli Young Band

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

New Male Vocalist of the Year:

Brett Eldredge

Chris Janson

Thomas Rhett

Chase Rice

Chris Stapleton

New Female Vocalist of the Year:

Kelsea Ballerini

Cam

Mickey Guyton

RaeLynn

New Vocal Duo of the Year:

A Thousand Horses

Brothers Osborne

Maddie & Tae

Old Dominion

Parmalee

Album of the Year:

I'm Comin' Over - Chris Young

Montevallo - Sam Hunt

Mr. Misunderstood - Eric Church

Tangled Up - Thomas Rhett

Traveller - Chris Stapleton

Single Record of the Year:

'Burning House' - Cam

'Buy Me a Boat' - Chris Janson

'Die a Happy Man' - Thomas Rhett

'Girl Crush" - Little Big Town

'I'm Comin' Over' - Chris Young

'Take Your Time' - Sam Hunt

Video of the Year:

'Biscuits' - Kacey Musgraves

'Burning House' - Cam

'Girl Crush' - Little Big Town

'Mr. Misunderstood' - Eric Church

'Riser' - Dierks Bentley

Vocal Event of the Year

'Hangover Tonight' - Gary Allan featuring Chris Stapleton

'Home Alone Tonight' - Luke Bryan Featuring Karen Fairchild

'Raise 'Em Up' - Keith Urban featuring Eric Church

'Smokin' and Drinkin'' - Miranda Lambert featuring Little Big Town

'Wild Child' - Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter