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American Country Awards

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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