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Lambert was the night’s top solo nominee with seven. She was still up for entertainer of the year, the most prestigious award, and with fans voting for it, it’s especially hard to predict. Neither Carrie Underwood nor Kenny Chesney _ winners of the last six entertainer awards _ are nominated this year. And only Toby Keith, a nominee and two-time winner, has taken home the ACM’s top award. Paisley, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban have won the competing Country Music Association artist of the year awards, but have yet to breakthrough in Sin City. Jason Aldean, like Lambert a rising star, also is a first-time nominee.

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