Here’s the nominees for the American Country Countdown Awards

American Country Countdown Awards
The awards won at last week's CMA Awards have barely had the chance to begin gathering dust on the shelves of the country stars who won them, but now it's time to get ready for the next awards ceremony.  
 
 
This go around, country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown,” (the one hosted by Kix Brooks) is entering the awards show foray by announcing the nominees for their very first American Country Countdown Awards (ACCAs). 
 
On a side note, if you're thinking you're going to have a hard time telling the difference between the ACAs and the ACCAs, there's nothing to worry about. I got curious and it turns out the ACAs (American Country Awards) are just being rebranded as the ACCAs (American Country Countdown Awards), so thankfully we don't actually have a new awards show to deal with, just a semi-renamed one.

Whew. 

The American Country Countdown Awards will air live from Nashville’s Music City Center Monday, Dec. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX and feature performances by finalists Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert. Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will host the live music celebration. Additional performers, special award recipients and presenters will be announced. 
 
Additional multiple category finalists include Jason Aldean, with four nods, and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, who are tied with three. Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell each were named finalists in two categories.
 
The ACCA finalists are determined based on statistics and radio airplay charts from November 1, 2013-October 31, 2014. The Finalists for Album of the Year were based on album sales from SoundScan and the finalists for Artist of the Year were based on a combination of Mediabase airplay, digital data provided by Big Champagne and tour information from Pollstar. All other award categories were made up of those with the largest audience reach, according to Mediabase. 
 
The Breakthrough Artist of the Year Presented by Samsung GALAXY® category is the only fan-voted category. Fan voting begins on November 24 and continues through December 10. Fans will vote for their favorite Breakthrough finalist by including the following in a tweet: the artist’s Twitter handle, “Breakthrough Artist” and the hashtag #ACCAwards. For more information, please visit TheACCAwards.com.
 
Tickets are now on sale at www.TheACCAwards.com/tickets
 
Below are the finalists for the 2014 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS:
 
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Blake Shelton  
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Jason Aldean
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Luke Bryan
  • Randy Houser
  • Blake Shelton 
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
  • Danielle Bradbery
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Cassadee Pope
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
  • The Band Perry
  • Eli Young Band
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Zac Brown Band 
SONG OF THE YEAR
  • “When She Says Baby” – Jason Aldean
  • "Beat Of The Music” – Brett Eldredge
  • "Lettin’ The Night Roll” – Justin Moore
  • “Drink To That All Night” – Jerrod Niemann
  • "Chillin’ It” – Cole Swindell
 COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
  • “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
  • “Small Town Throwdown” – Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett
  • “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” – Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
  • “My Eyes” – Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian
  • “We Were Us” – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert 
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
  • “Crash My Party” – Luke Bryan
  • The Outsiders” – Eric Church
  • “Here’s To The Good Times” – Florida Georgia Line
  • “Just As I Am” – Brantley Gilbert
  • “Platinum” – Miranda Lambert 
DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR
  • “Burnin’ It Down” – Jason Aldean
  • “Drink A Beer” – Luke Bryan
  • “Play It Again” – Luke Bryan
  • “Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line
  • “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan  
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY SAMSUNG GALAXY®
(Fan-voted Award via Twitter)
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Tyler Farr
  • Kip Moore
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Cole Swindell

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