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2014 American Country Countdown Awards Nominees Announced

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Luke Bryan leads the pack of nominees for the inaugural 2014 American Country Countdown Awards.

The country superstar received seven nominations, including Artist and Album of the Year, and two different nods for Digital Song of the Year, for both ‘Drink a Beer’ and ‘Play It Again.’

Florida Georgia Line received six nominations, and Jason Aldean is nominated in four categories, including Artist, Male Vocalist, Song and Digital Song of the Year.

Other top acts nominated include Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum.

While the CMA Awards are voted on by CMA members, and the ACM Awards are determined by a combination vote from industry insiders and fans, the winners in the American Country Countdown Awards will be determined purely by radio airplay and touring statistics from sources like Soundscan, Pollstar and Mediabase.

That model has a dramatic impact on the nominees, since country radio at the moment slants so heavily toward male artists — especially the so-called “bro country.” The nominations slant massively toward male artists, to such a degree that women are barely represented outside of the Female Vocalist category. There are no females at all in the Song, Digital Song or Breakthrough Artist of the Year categories, while Hillary Scott is the sole female in the Artist of the Year category, as part of Lady Antebellum.

‘American Country Countdown’ is a hugely popular radio show that has aired nationally for more than four decades. This is the first awards show based around the program. The ceremony will take place at the Music City Convention Center in Nashville on Dec. 15, and air live on Fox at 8PM ET.

Florida Georgia Line will host the broadcast, and they are also slated to perform, along with Lambert and Bryan.

2014 American Country Countdown Awards Nominees

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 (feat. Luke Bryan)
‘Small Town Throwdown,’ Brantley Gilbert (feat. Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett)
‘Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,’ Tim McGraw (feat. Faith Hill)
‘My Eyes,’ Blake Shelton (feat. Gwen Sebastian)
‘We Were Us,’ Keith Urban (feat. 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

Brett Eldredge
Tyler Farr
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell

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