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Carrie, Keith in running for ACM Entertainer of Year award


Carrie Underwood at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Carrie Underwood at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood have a duet out as a single.

They performed together at the Grammy awards.

Now they’ll be going head to head for Entertainer of the Year honors at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.

The nomination list for 2017 is out. In addition to Carrie and Keith, those nominated for the night’s biggest award include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line.

Aldean took the honors last year; Bryan won in 2013 and 2015.

Urban has never received the ACM Entertainer of the Year nod. Carrie is a two-time winner, in 2009 and 2010.

Singing show stars with nominations also include Lauren Alaina and Cassadee Pope.

Lauren, curiously, is nominated as top new female artist, though she released a debut album way back in 2011 after finishing second on Season 10 of American Idol.

Cassadee, Season 3 winner of The Voice, is nominated along with Chris Young for their “Think of You” duet, the same song that earned the duo a Grammy nomination.

Here’s the complete list of singing show nominees and the competition they’ll be up against at the ACM Awards, set for April 2 (on CBS).

Entertainer of the Year:
Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line

Male Vocalist of the Year: Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist of the Year: Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves

New Female Vocalist of the Year: Lauren Alaina, Cam, Brandy Clark, Maren Morris

Album of the Year: Ripcord, Keith Urban; Black, Dierks Bentley; Dig Your Roots, Florida Georgia Line; Hero, Maren Morris; The Weight of These Wings, Miranda Lambert

Single Record of the Year: “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban; “H.O.L.Y.,” Florida Georgia Line; “Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw; “My Church,” Maren Morris; “Vice,” Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year: “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” Keith Urban; “Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett; “Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw; “Kill a Word,” Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens; “Tennessee Whiskey,” Chris Stapleton; “Vice,” Miranda Lambert

Vocal Event of the Year: “Think of You,” Chris Young Featuring Cassadee Pope; “Different for Girls,” Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King; “Forever Country,” Artists of Then, Now & Forever; “May We All,” Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw; “Setting the World on Fire,” Kenny Chesney featuring Pink

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