September 5th, 2012
11:39 AM ET
Country singer Eric Church has gone from being among the best new artists to leading the pack of this year's CMA nominees.
The "Springsteen" singer has nabbed five nominations with the 46th annual CMA Awards, beating out married crooners Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, as well as country pop princess Taylor Swift.
Church, who just a year ago was vying for his first CMA award (which he ended up losing to The Band Perry), has been nominated for Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Music Video of the Year with his hit song "Springsteen." He's also up for Album of the Year ("Chief") and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Shelton and Lambert aren't far behind with four nominations each. Shelton's competing in the Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year (“God Gave Me You”) categories, while his wife is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year ("Four the Record") and Music Video of the Year ("Over You").
The couple also share a nomination for Song of the Year with "Over You," which they wrote together.
Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Taylor Swift and Little Big Town all received three nods each.
Swift, last year's Entertainer of the Year winner, is nominated once again in that category along with Shelton, Aldean, Chesney and Paisley.
The 22-year-old songstress will also compete in the Musical Event of the Year category with her song from "The Hunger Games" soundtrack, "Safe & Sound" with The Civil Wars, as well as in the Female Vocalist category.
In addition to Miranda Lambert, Swift will also be up against Kelly Clarkson for the Female Vocalist honor, which is the first time Clarkson's been nominated in that category.
To see the full list of nominees, visit CMAworld.com.
We'll find out the winners on Thursday, November 1 when the 46th annual CMA Awards airs live from Nashville at 8 p.m. on ABC. Fan favorite hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return to lead the ceremony for the fifth time.
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