Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Lead 2nd American Country Awards; Scotty McCreery, Pistol Annies, Brad Paisley Also Receive Nods

Fans can have their say in the ACAs; Voting Runs Through Dec. 2
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Country fans will once again have the chance to help hand out the hardware to their favorites when the 2nd Annual American Country Awards are handed out at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Dec. 5.

The awards are decided strictly on the basis of the fans' vote and this year Jason Aldean and Zac Brown lead the way with eight nominations. It’s clear this these awards aim for a younger country audience with nominees that extend beyond the traditional, expected superstars and basing the awards solely on the vote of the fans. It's The People's Choice Awards, country style. 

Another differentiating factor is the inclusion of categories like Touring and several Video categories in addition to a ton of young and new talent, oft overlooked by tshe more established Country awards shows. The ACA’s are definitely capitalizing on the youth movement going on in Country music, as evidenced by the success of recent American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery who is nominated for Artist Of The Year: New Artist.

Voting is open now and you can vote once a day, every day until Friday November 11 for all categories with the exception of Artist Of The Year for which you can vote up until Friday December 2. The design and format for these awards is fairly genius and executively produced by the same man (Bob Bain) responsible for the Teen Choice Awards also on Fox which are fan voted as well and winners famously receive large, odd “trophies”: a full-sized surfboard.

I watched this last year but, didn’t even remember I had until I was reading up on it now, I think I thought it was a Christmas special, and the host Trace Adkins was less than charismatic, so my forgetting is more Trace’s fault and less the bottle of chocolate wine’s fault. This year Adkins is gaining some megawatt personality in Kristin Chenoweth (Glee, Pushing Daisies, The West Wing) who will force me to mute the TV repeatedly but she’s cute.

Pistol AnniesI’m happy to see original Idol champ Kelly Clarkson nominated for her duet with Jason Aldean, “Don’t You Wanna Stay?” and I’m pulling for Blake Shelton to win anything just so I can look at him. If the annoying The Jane Dear Girls win their category (Single Of The Year: New Artist), I’ll be forced to throw my (empty) wine glass at the TV.  Miranda Lambert is nominated as a solo artist and with her girl group The Pistol Annies, I’d love to see those girls win. The list of presenters and performers has yet to be announced but promises to be the cream of the crop of country artists from the past year.

Will you be watching? What do you think of this updated format for a Country awards show? Who are you voting for? Check out the nominees and let the debate begin! Stay tuned to BlindedBySound for the winners when they're announced!

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

ARTISTS

Artist of the Year

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney

Lady Antebellum                          

Taylor Swift

Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Male

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Female

Sara Evans

Alison Krauss

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift                            

Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Duo or Group

The Band Perry

Lady Antebellum

Rascal Flatts

Sugarland

Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist

Eric Church

Eli Young Band

Justin Moore

Jake Owen

Chris Young

Artist of the Year: New Artist

The Band Perry

Scotty McCreery

Jerrod Niemann                                                             

Pistol Annies

Thompson Square

ALBUM

Album of the Year

Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party                                    

Kenny Chesney - Hemingway’s Whiskey

Brad Paisley - This Is Country Music                                                                                                            

Taylor Swift - Speak Now     

Keith Urban - Get Closer

Zac Brown Band - You Get What You Give

SINGLES

Single of the Year

Billy Currington, “Let Me Down Easy”

Tim McGraw, “Felt Good On My Lips”

Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”

Chris Young, “Voices”

Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, “As She's Walking Away”

Single of the Year: Male

Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”

Luke Bryan, “Someone Else Calling You Baby”

Billy Currington, “Let Me Down Easy”

Tim McGraw, “Felt Good On My Lips”

Chris Young, “Voices”

Single of the Year: Female

Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger”

Miranda Lambert, “Heart Like Mine”

Reba, “Turn On The Radio”

Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Carrie Underwood, “Mama's Song”

Single of the Year: Duo or Group

The Band Perry, “You Lie”

Rascal Flatts, “Why Wait”

Sugarland, “Stuck Like Glue”

Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”

Zac Brown Band, “Colder Weather”

Single of the Year: New Artist

The Band Perry, “You Lie”

Craig Campbell, “Family Man”

The JaneDear Girls, “Wildflower”

Jerrod Niemann, “What Do You Want”

Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration

Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, “Don't You Wanna Stay”

Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter, “You and Tequila”

Brad Paisley with Alabama, “Old Alabama”

Zac Brown Band with Jimmy Buffet, “Knee Deep”

Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, “As She's Walking Away”

TOURING

Touring Headline Act of the Year

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney        

Toby Keith     

Tim McGraw 

Brad Paisley  

Rascal Flatts 

George Strait

Taylor Swift   

Carrie Underwood    

Keith Urban 

VIDEOS

Music Video of the Year

Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger”

Jerrod Niemann, “What Do You Want”                         

Blake Shelton, “Who Are you When I'm Not Looking”  

Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”                                         

Josh Turner, “I Wouldn't Be A Man”                              

Music Video: Male

Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”

Jerrod Niemann, “What Do You Want”                         

Blake Shelton, “Who Are You When I'm Not Looking”  

Josh Turner, “I Wouldn't Be A Man”                              

Keith Urban, “Put You In A Song”

Music Video: Female

Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger”

Reba, “Turn On The Radio”

Ashton Shepherd, “Look It Up”

Taylor Swift, “Back To December”                               

Carrie Underwood, “Mama's Song”

Music Video: Duo, Group or Collaboration

Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”                               

The Band Perry, “You Lie”

Lady Antebellum, “Hello World”

Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”                                         

Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, “As She's Walking Away”

Music Video: New Artist

The Band Perry, “You Lie”

Craig Campbell, “Family Man”

Brett Eldredge, “Raymond”

Jerrod Niemann, “What Do You Want”

Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”