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Taylor Swift, Eric Church lead 2012 CMA Awards nominees

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Taylor Swift and Eric Church lead this year's Country Music Association Awards nominees.

Swift has received nominations in the 'Female Artist of the Year' and 'Musical Event' categories and is competing against Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley for 'Entertainer of the Year'.

Taylor Swift arrives on the pink carpet at the Teen Choice Awards 2012

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Eric Church

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Church earned four major nominations for 'Album of the Year', 'Music Video, 'Song of the Year' and 'Single of the Year'.

Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Dierks Bentley have also received nods in multiple categories.

The nominees in the CMA's top five categories were announced live by Aldean and Luke Bryan on Good Morning America on Wednesday (September 5).

Lady Antebellum play at the Hard Rock Calling music festival in Hyde Park, London

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ACM Awards 2012: Blake Shelton, left, and Miranda Lambert

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A further seven categories were revealed later in the day at a CMAs press conference at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City.

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley reunite for a fifth year of hosting the music gala, which will air live from Nashville.

The 2012 Country Music Association Awards air on Thursday, November 1 at 8pm ET on ABC.

> Country Music Association Awards 2012: The nominations in full

Watch Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' music video below:

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