Nominees Announced for 4th Annual AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS airing LIVE Tuesday, December 10 on FOX 50.

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

Fourth Annual AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS airing Live Tuesday, December 10 on FOX 50.

By FOX50.com

Nominations have been announced for the fourth annual AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS, hosted by multi-Platinum® recording artist Trace Adkins and NASCAR superstar Danica Patrick.  The special will air live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Tuesday, Dec. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM live) on FOX 50. Taylor Swift leads the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS nominees with eight nominations; Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton each earned seven nominations.

Starting today, fans can vote once each day for their favorite AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS nominees at www.theacas.com. Voting is open until Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 11:59 PM PT for all categories, except for Artist of the Year, which closes on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 11:59 PM PT. 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…The Concert Hotwire (touring data); and Nashville Songwriters Association International (song).

The two-hour live music spectacular gives fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists in categories such as artists, albums, singles, videos, songwriting and 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
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Artist of the Year: Male
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Female
Kelly Clarkson
Sheryl Crow
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Duo or Group
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Lee Brice
Hunter Hayes
Randy Houser
Scotty McCreery
Justin Moore

Artist of the Year: New Artist
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves
Cassadee Pope
Thomas Rhett

ALBUM

Album of the Year
“Night Train,” Jason Aldean
“Here’s To The Good Times,” Florida Georgia Line
“Two Lanes of Freedom,” Tim McGraw
“Based On A True Story...,” Blake Shelton
“Pioneer,” The Band Perry

SINGLES

Single of the Year

“Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line
“How Country Feels,” Randy Houser
“Beer Money,” Kip Moore
“Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry
“One of Those Nights,” Tim McGraw

Single of the Year: Male
“Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” Gary Allen
“One of Those Nights,” Tim McGraw
“The One That Got Away,” Jake Owen
“Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
“Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Blake Shelton

Single of the Year: Female
“Easy,” Sheryl Crow
“American Heart,” Faith Hill
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert
“Begin Again,” Taylor Swift
“Two Black Cadillacs,” Carrie Underwood

Single of the Year: Duo/Group
“Downtown,” Lady Antebellum
“Tornado,” Little Big Town
“Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry
“If I Didn’t Have You,” Thompson Square
“Goodbye in Her Eyes,” Zac Brown Band

Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
“I Drive Your Truck,” Lee Brice
“All Over The Road,” Easton Corbin
“Somebody’s Heartbreak,” Hunter Hayes
“How Country Feels,” Randy Houser
“Til My Last Day,” Justin Moore

Single of the Year: New Artist
“Did It for the Girl,” Greg Bates
“Don’t Ya,” Brett Eldredge
“Redneck Crazy,” Tyler Farr
“Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line
“Beer Money,” Kip Moore

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration
“The Only Way I Know,” Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church
“Don’t Rush,” Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill
“Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
“Boys ‘Round Here,” Blake Shelton with Pistol Annies

TOURING

Touring Artist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Miranda Lambert
Brad Paisley
Rascal Flatts
George Strait
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Zac Brown Band

VIDEOS

GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY - Music Video of the Year
“Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line
“Tornado,” Little Big Town
“Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Blake Shelton
“Begin Again,” Taylor Swift
“Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry

Music Video of the Year: Male
“Take A Little Ride,” Jason Aldean
“Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” Gary Allan
“One of Those Nights,” Tim McGraw
“Wagon Wheel,” Darius Rucker
“Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Blake Shelton

Music Video of the Year: Female
“American Heart,” Faith Hill
“Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert
“Someone Somewhere Tonight,” Kellie Pickler
“Begin Again,” Taylor Swift
“Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood

Music Video of the Year: New Artist
“Don’t Ya,” Brett Eldredge
“Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line
“Crying On A Suitcase,” Casey James
“Beer Money,” Kip Moore
“Merry Go ‘Round,” Kacey Musgraves

Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration
“Tornado,” Little Big Town
“Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
“Come Wake Me Up,” Rascal Flatts
“Better Dig Two,” The Band Perry
“If I Didn’t Have You,” Thompson Square

Song of the Year (award goes to the songwriter(s)):
“Better Dig Two,” Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen

  • Recorded by The Band Perry

“Cruise,” Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Chase Rice and Jesse Rice

  • Recorded by Florida Georgia Line

“Hard To Love,” Ben Glover, Billy Montana and John Ozier

  • Recorded by Lee Brice

“Highway Don’t Care,” Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brett Warren

  • Recorded by Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

“I Drive Your Truck,” Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary

  • Recorded by Lee Brice

“Like Jesus Does,” Casey Beathard and Monty Criswell

  • Recorded by Eric Church

“Mama’s Broken Heart,” Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves

  • Recorded by Miranda Lambert

“Merry Go’ Round,” Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne

  • Recorded by Kacey Musgraves

“Pontoon,” Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby and Luke Laird

  • Recorded by Little Big Town

“Wagon Wheel,” Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor

  • Recorded by Darius Rucker

AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS is executive-produced by Bob Bain (TEEN CHOICE 2013, “Kids’ Choice Awards”). Fletcher Foster, Paul Flattery and Tisha Fein serve as producers. Greg Sills is supervising producer.

About Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino is a unique destination resort set on 120 lush acres on the Las Vegas Strip. The resort offers three distinct hotel experiences: Mandalay Bay, a AAA Four Diamond award-winning hotel, with 3,211 luxurious rooms and suites reflecting a modern tropical ambiance; Four Seasons Hotel, a AAA Five Diamond hotel-within-a-hotel, offering 424 newly remodeled rooms and suites; and the stand-alone all-suite THEhotel which will be redesigned and rebranded Delano Las Vegas in Q3 2014. Mandalay Bay boasts an 11-acre tropical pool paradise featuring real sand, a wave pool, the only climate-controlled, poolside gaming in the city and the new DAYLIGHT Beach Club. Other property highlights include world-class entertainment at the 12,000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center, award-winning dining by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, the new LIGHT Nightclub, Shark Reef Aquarium and the 1.7-million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center.  Mandalay Bay’s offerings also include BATHHOUSE Spa, House of Blues Concert Hall and restaurant, and The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, a collection of unique boutiques and restaurants. Mandalay Bay recently became home to “Michael Jackson ONE,” Cirque du Soleil’s latest resident production based on the music and choreography of the King of Pop.  Mandalay Bay is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).  For more information and reservations, visit mandalaybay.com or call toll free at (877) 632-7800 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

About BigChampagne
BigChampagne integrates, analyzes and reports information about the sale, broadcast and consumption of popular entertainment media. Our partners and sources for data include retailers, online and traditional (radio and television) broadcasters, major content companies, subscription services, social networks and other venues where entertainment is enjoyed.

About Great American Country (GAC)
Great American Country is the leader in country music entertainment, and delivers to viewers the widest variety of country music, its artists and the lifestyles they influence. GAC broadcasts original country music programming, music performance specials, live concerts and music videos. GAC is available in more than 60 million households and online at www.GACTV.com. GAC is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel. Scripps Networks is based in Knoxville, TN, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Chevy Chase, MD, and Nashville, and is a unit of Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE:SNI).

About Mediabase
Mediabase monitors the airplay of more than 1,800 radio stations, updated continuously 24 hours daily. Mediabase produces historic and current airplay data for U.S. and Canadian radio stations, satellite radio and music television. Formats monitored include Mainstream Top 40, Rhythmic, Mainstream Rock, Active Rock, Modern Rock, Classic Rock, Triple A, Country, Oldies, AC, Hot AC, Urban, Urban AC, Smooth AC, Christian AC, Gospel and Latin.  In addition to providing vital airplay information to radio stations in the U.S. and Canada, Mediabase provides information to every major record label and distributor, as well as concert promoters, artists, managers, music publishers, movie studios, video game developers and more. Mediabase charts are published weekly in USA Today, and are used on nearly all radio countdown shows and dozens of websites and magazines.

About "Pollstar…The Concert Hotwire"
Pollstar is the only trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry. It has been supplying in-depth information to every professional concert promoter, booking agent, artist manager, facility executive and every other entity involved in the live entertainment business for more than 30 years. Pollstar gets its information primarily from the promoters, venues, agents and managers who are producing concerts. It employs more than 25 full-time professionals who do nothing except research and build the company’s tour and contact database. 

About Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and pro members spans the United States and six other countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.

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