Chris Stapleton leads ACM Awards nominations with 7

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Grammy winner Chris Stapleton earned two extra nominations from the Academy of Country Music Awards, making him the leading nominee with seven nods.

The ACM announced on Thursday the nominees for the song of the year and songwriter categories. Stapleton, who had five nominations in previously announced categories, added two more for "Nobody to Blame," as co-writer and artist.

Other nominees include "Burning House," co-written and performed by Cam; "Girl Crush," performed by Little Big Town; "Raise 'Em Up," performed by Keith Urban and Eric Church; and "She Don't Love You," co-written and performed by Eric Paslay.

Songwriter of the year nominees include Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

The ACM Awards will air live on April 3 on CBS. — AP

Kesha goes to court over clash with producer Dr. Luke

NEW YORK — Pop star Kesha appeared in a New York City courtroom Friday in the latest chapter of her long-running legal dispute with the music producer Dr. Luke.

The singer is fighting to wrest her career away from the hit-maker, whose full name is Lukasz Gottwald.

Kesha has claimed that Gottwald drugged, sexually abused and psychologically tormented her.

He says the singer made up that story to get out of her recording contract.

A judge on Friday refused to ditch her contract, at least for now. — AP

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