Luke Bryan Leads Finalists For American Country Countdown Awards

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Luke Bryan dominates this year’s American Country Countdown Awards finalists list, with seven category nods, including Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, two titles in for Song of the Year (“Home Alone Tonight” and “Strip It Down”), Album of the Year (for Kick The Dust Up), Digital Song of the Year (“Kick the Dust Up”) and Touring Artist of the Year.

The nominations were revealed Wednesday morning (April 6).

Sam Hunt follows with five, Thomas Rhett and Zac Brown Band each with four, and Florida Georgia Line with three.

Additionally Carrie Underwood has been added as a performer. Underwood is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year (for Storyteller). She joins previously-announced performers Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and more.

The 2016 American Country Countdown Awards will air live from the Forum in Los Angeles on Sun., May 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. The two-hour event is the first country music awards show to air live from Los Angeles in more than 10 years.

The American Country Countdown Awards are based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks. This year’s host and additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.

Finalists and winners for all categories are based on radio airplay charts, sales and streaming data from April 1, 2015 to March 28, 2016 provided by BuzzAngle Music. Touring data is from Pollstar. The NASH Icon Award is chosen by The American Country Countdown.

The awards show is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro (CEO, dick clark productions), Mike Mahan (President, dick clark productions), Mark Bracco (Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, dick clark productions), Kix Brooks, Richard Godfrey and Tom Forrest are executive producers.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Blake Shelton
Florida Georgia Line
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Blake Shelton
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Sam Hunt
Thomas Rhett

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Cam
Carrie Underwood
Jana Kramer
Kelsea Ballerini
Miranda Lambert

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
A Thousand Horses
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Old Dominion
Zac Brown Band

BREAKTHROUGH MALE OF THE YEAR
Chris Janson
Michael Ray
Sam Hunt

BREAKTHROUGH FEMALE OF THE YEAR
Cam
Jana Kramer
Kelsea Ballerini

BREAKTHROUGH GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
A Thousand Horses
Dan + Shay
Old Dominion

SONG OF THE YEAR
“Stay A Little Longer” – Brothers Osborne
“Home Alone Tonight” – Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
“Strip It Down” – Luke Bryan
“Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
“Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Storyteller” – Carrie Underwood
“Traveller” – Chris Stapleton
“Kick The Dust Up” – Luke Bryan
“Montevallo” – Sam Hunt
“Jekyll + Hyde” – Zac Brown Band

DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR
“Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
“Kick The Dust Up” – Luke Bryan
“Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

DIGITAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Anything Goes” – Florida Georgia Line
“Montevallo” – Sam Hunt
“Tangled Up” – Thomas Rhett

TOURING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Garth Brooks
Kenny Chesney
Luke Bryan
Shania Twain
Zac Brown Band

 

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