American Country Awards

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October 18, 2010

I guess I’ve been living under a rock, because the First Annual American Country Awards caught me by surprise. I assumed it was some online poll and that was it, but, no. It’s apparently a full-fledged network award show airing on Fox in December.

I’m actually on board for this. For all the talk about country music being about the fans, there hasn’t been a proper fan-voted award show since the TNN/Music City News thing ended. The CMT Awards is the closest thing, but its category structure prevents it from being a Fan’s Choice CMA or ACM Awards.  I also find it funny that the five nominees for Artist of the Year are the exact same five that I thought deserved CMA Entertainer nominations this year.

I’m enamored with the idea of another prime-time showcase for country music during the holiday season. If it catches on, it will be good for the life cycle of country albums.  With the ACM flirting with fan voting these past few years, this show might lend some insight into how much of an impact the fans are making on the ACM results.

But what I like the most are the separate categories for touring, which are positioned as major honors but not as big as the overall Artist of the Year.  That’s what the Entertainer category is supposed to be, but with no “Live Act” category at the CMA or ACM awards, it doesn’t usually work out that way.

I’m less enthused with the obscene number of Single and Music Video categories. It’s to the point of silliness.

Anyway, here are the nominees. You can vote once a day through Nov. 8 in most races, and through Dec. 4 for Artist of the Year.

Artist of the Year (Overall)

  • Lady Antebellum
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Zac Brown Band

Touring Artist of the Year

  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Toby Keith
  • Martina McBride/Trace Adkins
  • Tim McGraw
  • Brad Paisley
  • Rascal Flatts
  • George Strait/Reba McEntire
  • Sugarland
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

Male Artist

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Brad Paisley
  • Keith Urban

Female Artist

  • Jewel
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Reba McEntire
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

Duo/Group

  • The Band Perry
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Sugarland
  • Zac Brown Band

New/Breakthrough Artist

  • The Band Perry
  • Easton Corbin
  • Danny Gokey
  • Jaron and the Long Road to Love
  • Jerrod Neimann

Album

  • Luke Bryan, Doin’ My Thing
  • Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
  • Miranda Lambert, Revolution
  • Josh Turner, Haywire
  • Carrie Underwood, Play On

Single of the Year

  • Luke Bryan, “Do I”
  • Easton Corbin, “A Little More Country Than That”
  • Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”
  • Joe Nichols, “Gimme That Girl”
  • Josh Turner, “Why Don’t We Just Dance”

Single by a Male Artist

  • Luke Bryan, “Do I”
  • Easton Corbin, “A Little More Country Than That”
  • Billy Currington, “That’s How Country Boys Roll”
  • Joe Nichols, “Gimme That Girl”
  • Josh Turner, “Why Don’t We Just Dance”

Single by a Female Artist

  • Miranda Lambert, “White Liar”
  • Martina McBride, “Wrong Baby Wrong”
  • Reba McEntire, “Consider Me Gone”
  • Kellie Pickler, “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You”
  • Carrie Underwood, “Cowboy Casanova”

Single by a Duo/Group

  • Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”
  • Little Big Town, “Little White Church”
  • Rascal Flatts, “Unstoppable”
  • Steel Magnolia, “Keep On Lovin’ You”
  • Zac Brown Band, “Toes”

Single by a New/Breakthrough Artist

  • Easton Corbin, “A Little More Country Than That”
  • Jaron and the Long Road to Love, “Pray For You”
  • Jerrod Neimann, “Lover, Lover”
  • Steel Magnolia, “Keep On Lovin’ You”
  • Josh Thompson, “Beer on the Table”

Music Video of the Year

  • Easton Corbin, “A Little More Country Than That”
  • Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”
  • Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins, “Hillbilly Bone”
  • Josh Turner, “Why Don’t We Just Dance”
  • Chris Young, “The Man I Want to Be”

Music Video by a Male Artist

  • Easton Corbin, “A Little More Country Than That”
  • Tim McGraw, “Southern Voice”
  • Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins, “Hillbilly Bone”
  • Josh Turner, “Why Don’t We Just Dance”
  • Chris Young, “The Man I Want to Be”

Music Video by a Female Artist

  • Miranda Lambert, “White Liar”
  • Reba McEntire, “Consider Me Gone”
  • Kellie Pickler, “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You”
  • Carrie Underwood, “Cowboy Casanova”
  • Gretchen Wilson, “Work Hard, Play Harder”

Music Video by a Duo/Group

  • Lady Antebellum, “American Honey”
  • Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”
  • Little Big Town, “Little White Church”
  • Steel Magnolia, “Keep On Lovin’ You”
  • Zac Brown Band, “Highway 20 Ride”

Music Video by a New/Breakthrough Artist

  • The Band Perry, “If I Die Young”
  • Laura Bell Bundy, “Giddy On Up”
  • Easton Corbin, “A Little More Country Than That”
  • Jerrod Neimann, “Lover, Lover”
  • Steel Magnolia, “Keep On Lovin’ You”
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  1. Leeann WardNo Gravatar says:

    How did Jewel get in the female category?

    Danny Gokey must have gotten his nomination due to his Idol/Fox connection.

    And I agree that the multiple categories for single and video are a bit much.

    I know it’s naive/unrealistic, but I can only get on board with fan voted awards if each person only got one vote.

  2. MikeNo Gravatar says:

    How is the House that Built Me not in the single of the year category? I don’t get that decision at all!

  3. JohnNo Gravatar says:

    Danny Gokey over Chris Young? Seriously?

    Other than that, I think it hits most of the points that should be mentioned.

  4. ZackNo Gravatar says:

    ….I actually agree with the concept of this show…. But the fact that it is fan-voted obviously eliminates a lot of the competition if they are competing against Swift, Underwood, or Antebellum.

    I will add that it is interesting that country music is the only genre that is represented in 7 different [major] award shows, and has 4 of those strictly dedicated to country music (CMT video awards, CMAs, ACMs, American Country Awards).

    Other shows involved in my tally are: AMAs, Grammys, People’s Choice Awards.

    …..I wonder who is the brain behind this..

  5. Erik NorthNo Gravatar says:

    @ Leeann Ward re. Jewel:

    I think it’s her name recognition beyond the conventional country circle, plus her album SWEET AND WILD, for what it’s worth…admittedly, not much (LOL).

    As a sidebar–seriously, does country music really need another awards show?

  6. Dan MillikenNo Gravatar says:

    I really like this post and its points, though I have a different overall perspective on the show. I started something I was going to post today before I lost interest:

    “As ratings-driven exercises in tedium go, I actually feel like the ACAs are going to be pretty accidentally entertaining. I’m curious to see which stars strain the hardest to pretend that they’re excited about attending and which ones don’t even bother.

    I mean, we’ve gotten to the point where country stardom starts seem like an endless march of glitzy BS rather than anybody’s “dream.” Think how many self-congratulatory music industry award ceremonies these people have to endure each year! You’ve got the televised country ones: ACMs, CMTs, CMAs, now ACAs. You’ve got the all-genre music ones: Grammys, AMAs, People’s Choice, maybe VMAs. There are those lower-profile ones run by Billboard, NSAI, the performing rights organizations ASCAP, BMI and SESAC, and probably yet more I’m forgetting. And if you do anything on these occasions but smile, gush about fans and laugh politely at Brad Paisley, you risk a career smear.

    It’s really no wonder about the Taylor face.”

  7. JoJoNo Gravatar says:

    I am really looking forward to this. Voting for Carrie!

  8. Ben FosterNo Gravatar says:

    Kind of funny how some people say “I hate how Taylor always acts surprised whenever she wins an award.” But if she didn’t look surprised, people would say, “Oh what a diva! She is so full of herself!”

    As for the ACAs, I’m actually still making the decision of whether or not to care. I’ll at least give it a chance.

  9. KNo Gravatar says:

    I used to watch awards shows, but it gets so tiring seeing the same artists win every year. Why do we even need to watch? Taylor, Lady A, and Carrie will sweep because they’re incredibly popular acts at the moment.

  10. CodeNo Gravatar says:

    At least reba finally gets some recognition, its about time!!

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  12. BeeNo Gravatar says:

    it’s a new idea, but i couldn’t help but think “SERIOUSLY? yet ANOTHER country show? not needed at all.” it’s just FOX trying to get in on the great ratings that the ACMs and CMAs get for CBS & ABC. next year you’ll see the “young country star awards” on the CW. and it’ll never be a big deal since i can go make a bunch of accounts and vote a million times for my favorite artist. oh well, at least we’ll get performances. and while imperfect voting system, it’ll be interesting to see how these winners compare to the CMAs/ACMs. anyway, carrie underwood, taylor swift, and lady antebellum will sweep it all up.

  13. TomNo Gravatar says:

    …the lobby against “naked nashville mantlepieces” is going to celebrate another campaign-milestone in december. thank god for that.

  14. PeteNo Gravatar says:

    CMA, ACM, ACA. I’m going to need a spreadsheet to be able to tell the various country music award shows apart soon.

  15. CraigNo Gravatar says:

    CMAACACMTACMCALIFRAGILISTIC. Overload, overload!

    When I first heard about this, I wanted to slap my computer screen. Why did we need another Country music awards show?

    It made no sense to me, but after the nominees came out, I realized that it incorporates the fans, and Country music’s fanbase has increased drastically since the Carrie/Lady A/Taylor takeover. I’ll give it a shot.

    The winners are pretty obvious, in my opinion…
    Artist of the Year:
    Lady Antebellum
    Taylor Swift
    Carrie Underwood
    Don’t know which one, but it will be one of these 3. It could be Carrie if the public gives her enough sympathy votes from the CMA snub.

    Touring Artist of the Year:
    Taylor Swift
    Carrie Underwood
    Again, probably Carrie. She’s been on tour more than Taylor has in 2010.

    Male Artist:
    Keith Urban

    Female Artist:
    Taylor Swift
    Carrie Underwood
    Not sure about this one. Did I actually see Jewel’s name on an awards show ballot?

    Duo/Group:
    Lady Antebellum

    New/Breakthrough Artist:
    Easton Corbin

    Album:
    Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
    Miranda Lambert, Revolution
    Don’t know, to be quite honest. It’s a tossup between these 2.

    Single of the Year:
    Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

    Single by a Male Artist:
    Luke Bryan, “Do I”

    Single by a Female Artist:
    Carrie Underwood, “Cowboy Casanova”

    Single by a Duo/Group:
    Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

    Single by a New/Breakthrough Artist:
    Easton Corbin, “A Little More Country Than That”

    Music Video of the Year:
    Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

    Music Video by a Male Artist:
    Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins, “Hillbilly Bone”

    Music Video by a Female Artist:
    Carrie Underwood, “Cowboy Casanova”
    First Jewel, now Gretchen… I’m surprised (yet relieved) at the very little amount of Taylor Swift on this list.

    Music Video by a Duo/Group:
    Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

    Music Video by a New/Breakthrough Artist:
    Laura Bell Bundy, “Giddy On Up”

  16. highwayman3No Gravatar says:

    What next, the Steampunk Country Awards on the Discovery Channel?

    At this rate, mainstream country will be spending more time handing out awards then time spent making music. All these awards could be more justified if the music being produced was high quality, intelligent lyrics, challenging the listening and moving a generation, but really they are only honouring radio ear candy filler and record company marketing schemes. Do we need to make these people feel better about themselves 12 times a year?

    To argue that it will be interesting to see who wins during this particular time of the year, or because its entirely fan voted, who cares, these people have been honoured enough already. Now lets give more awards to people who deserve them, like The Nobel Peace Prize recipiants, or at the very least, country artists who make music of too high a quality for radio’s standards.

  17. lempardNo Gravatar says:

    Single by a Female Artist:
    Carrie Underwood, “Cowboy Casanova”

  18. Cory DeSteinNo Gravatar says:

    This goes to show the songs with major airplay-fans get sick of. That’s why I feel “House That Built Me” was left out. Fans are sick of that song-way over played.

    Now Jewel in the female category-im clueless as to what happened there?

    But all these categories? Will there be time for people to sing?

  19. CourtneyNo Gravatar says:

    No doubt about it, DANNY GOKEY for new/breakthrough artist of the year, not because of Idol, because he is an awesome performer, I’ve seen him in concert twice, once he opened for Sugarland and the next he opened for Craig Morgan. Not only is he a great performer, he’s sweet, humble, hasn’t let his new fame “go to his head” and he does ALOT for his fans. Not to mention “Sophis’s Heart Foundation” he created to honor the memory of his late wife, Sophia. I was blessed to meet Danny @ both concerts and he is just so…real.

  20. Deborah MerrittNo Gravatar says:

    I just received an email from Billy Currington to vote for him. I am a Trace Adkins fan/fan club member.
    I voted for Trace and Billy Currington.

    Glad I received an email.
    I will vote everyday.

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