Church, Bryan, Lambert lead CMT Awards nominations
Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert are the lead nominees for this year's CMT Music Awards. The trio of country music's newest stars are nominated for the top honor, video of the year, along with nine others. The show airs live June 5 on CMT from Nashville, Tenn. Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell host.Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line have three nominations each. Nine others have two nominations apiece, including Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.
'Kinky Boots' gets a leading 13 Tony Award nods
The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots" has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12. Nominations were announced last week. Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut, earned a nod as leading man in a play. "Kinky Boots" is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear. Lauper's songs and a story by Harvey Fierstein have made it a crowd-pleaser. The haul did not match the record number of nominations for a musical, which is 15, set by "The Producers" in 2001 and "Billy Elliot" in 2009. "The Book of Mormon" nabbed 14 Tony nods in 2011. "Lucky Guy," Nora Ephron's portrait of Mike McAlary, a gutsy New York City newspaper columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing that a Haitian immigrant had been sodomized by police officers in 1997, got six nominations, including one for Hanks as McAlary. In addition to Hanks, the leading actor in a play nominees are Nathan Lane for "The Nance," Tracy Letts from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", David Hyde Pierce from "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" and Tom Sturridge from "Orphans." The awards will be broadcast on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 9. AP
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