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Strait leads country awards field
George Strait
Strait is one of the most successful country artists
George Strait leads nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards with eight nominations, including top male vocalist and entertainer of the year.

Vocal duo Brooks & Dunn received seven nominations and Rascal Flatts had six.

The nominees were introduced by Kenny Chesney - the reigning ACM entertainer of the year - and the duo Sugarland in Nashville, Tennessee.

The 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be presented on 15 May in Las Vegas.

Strait, 54, was also nominated as artist and producer for the album It Just Comes Natural and the single Give it Away, which also was nominated for song of the year.

Brooks & Dunn were honoured in the entertainer of the year and the top vocal duo categories, and their Hillbilly Deluxe was nominated for album of the year.

Rascal Flatts received nominations for entertainer of the year, top vocal group, best album for Me and My Gang and best single for What Hurts the Most.

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