Nominees announced for Third Annual "American Country Awards" Airing Live Monday, December 10, on FOX

Newly added "Song of the Year" Category Recognizes Songwriters

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:16am

  Luke Bryan Earns Seven Nominations;

Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band Garner Six Nominations Each

Vote for Your Favorite Country Music Nominees Online at www.theacas.com

The third annual AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS will air live from Mandalay Bay in Las VegasMonday, Dec. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Luke Bryan leads the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS nominees with seven nominations; Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band each earned six nods; and Eric Church and Taylor Swift garnered five nominations.

A “Song of the Year” category also has been added to this year’s event, in an effort to pay tribute not only to country music’s top performers, but to its top songwriters, as well. The nominees are determined by the Professional Songwriting Division of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Starting today, fans can vote once each day for their favorite AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS nominees at www.theacas.com. Voting is open until Monday, Nov. 12 for all categories, except for Artist of the Year, which closes on Friday, Dec. 7. The nominees for each award category have been determined by four media measurement companies: BigChampagne (record sales and media consumption); Great American Country (video airplay); Mediabase (radio airplay); Pollstar (touring data); and Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Hosted by multi-platinum recording artist Trace Adkins and Emmy and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth, the two-hour live music spectacular is the only country music awards show that gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists not only in traditional categories but also in a previously unrecognized area – touring – encompassing the entire spectrum of country music and bestowing honors that no other awards show has.

The AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS will feature performances and appearances by the year’s chart-topping country artists. Performers and presenters will be announced soon.

Following is the list of categories and nominees for the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS:

ARTISTS

Artist of the Year

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Lady Antebellum           

Taylor Swift

Zac Brown Band

 Artist of the Year: Male

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Eric Church

Toby Keith

 Artist of the Year: Female

Sara Evans

Miranda Lambert

Martina McBride

Taylor Swift           

Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Group

The Band Perry

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist

Lee Brice

Colt Ford

Gloriana

Justin Moore

Jake Owen

Artist of the Year: New Artist

Lauren Alaina

Hunter Hayes

Jana Kramer

Kip Moore

Pistol Annies

ALBUM

Album of the Year

Dierks Bentley, “Home”

Luke Bryan, “tailgates & tanlines”

Eric Church, “Chief”

Lady Antebellum, “Own the Night”

Blake Shelton, “Red River Blue”

SINGLES

Single of the Year

Jason Aldean, “Tattoos On This Town”

Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End”

Eric Church, “Drink In My Hand”

Chris Young, “You”

Zac Brown Band, “Keep Me In Mind”

Single of the Year: Male

Jason Aldean, “Tattoos On This Town”

Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End”

Kenny Chesney, “Reality”

Eric Church, “Drink In My Hand”

Chris Young, “You”

Single of the Year: Female

Sara Evans, “My Heart Can’t Tell You No”

Miranda Lambert, “Over You”

Martina McBride, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”

Taylor Swift, “Ours”

Carrie Underwood, “Good Girl”

 Single of the Year: Group

Eli Young Band, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”

Lady Antebellum, “We Owned The Night”

Rascal Flatts, “Banjo”

The Band Perry, “All Your Life”

Zac Brown Band, “Keep Me In Mind”

Single of the Year: New Artist

Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”

Jana Kramer, “Why Ya Wanna”

Dustin Lynch, “Cowboys and Angels”

Kip Moore, “Somethin’ ’Bout A Truck”

The Farm, “Home Sweet Home”

Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist

Lee Brice, “A Woman Like You”

Brantley Gilbert, “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”

Gloriana, “(Kissed You) Good Night”

David Nail, “Let It Rain”

Jake Owen, “Alone With You”

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration

Kix Brooks featuring Joe Walsh, “New To This Town”

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, “Feel Like A Rock Star”

Brad Paisley featuring Carrie Underwood, “Remind Me”

Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield, “Easy”

Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett, “Knee Deep”

TOURING

Touring Artist of the Year

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

Eric Church

Toby Keith

Lady Antebellum

Miranda Lambert           

Brad Paisley

Rascal Flatts

Taylor Swift

Zac Brown Band

VIDEOS

Music Video of the Year

Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night To End”

Jake Owen, “Alone With You”           

Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You”           

Keith Urban, “For You”           

Chris Young, “You”           

Music Video of the Year: Male

Luke Bryan, “I Don’t Want This Night to End”

Jake Owen, “Alone With You”

Blake Shelton, “God Gave Me You”

Keith Urban, “For You”

Chris Young, “You”

Music Video of the Year: Female

Sara Evans, “My Heart Can’t Tell You No”

Miranda Lambert, “Over You”

Martina McBride, “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”

Taylor Swift, “Ours”

Carrie Underwood, “Good Girl”

Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration

Gloriana, “(Kissed You) Good Night”           

Lady Antebellum, “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”

Little Big Town, “Pontoon”                       

Love and Theft, “Angel Eyes”

The Band Perry, “All Your Life”

Music Video of the Year: New Artist

Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”

Casey James, “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night”

Jana Kramer, “Why You Wanna”

Dustin Lynch, “Cowboys and Angels”

Kip Moore, “Somethin’ ’Bout A Truck”

Song of the Year:

Trace Adkins, “Just Fishin’” (Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell and Ed Hill)

Jason Aldean, “Fly Over States,” (Michael Dulaney and Neil Thrasher)

Jason Aldean, “Tattoos On This Town” (Michael Dulaney, Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher)

Lee Brice, “A Woman Like You” (Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford and Jon Stone)

Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter, “You And Tequila” (Matraca Berg and Deana Carter)

Eric Church, “Springsteen” (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell)

Ronnie Dunn, “Cost of Livin’” (Phillip Coleman and Ronnie Dunn)

Eli Young Band, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Will Hoge and Eric Paslay)

Toby Keith, “Red Solo Cup” (Brett Beavers, Jim Beavers, Brad Warren and Brett Warren)

Tim McGraw, “Better Than I Used to Be” (Ashley Gorley and Bryan Simpson)

 AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS is executive-produced by Bob Bain (TEEN CHOICE 2012, “Kids’ Choice Awards”). Fletcher Foster, Paul Flattery and Tisha Fein serve as producers. Greg Sills is supervising producer. Michael Dempsey will direct the live special.

 

-FOX-

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