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Lady A, Corbin lead awards nominations

Monday, October 18, 2010 – Lady Antebellum and newcomer Easton Corbin lead the inaugural American Country Awards nominations with seven each. Carrie Underwood earned six nods; and Miranda Lambert and Josh Turner each garnered five.

The awards will air live from the Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. eastern live/Pacific tape-delayed) on Fox. The two-hour primetime special will be the first and only country music awards show where fans determine all the winners by voting for their favorite nominees in music, touring and video categories.

Nominees were:

Artist of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Male
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Keith Urban

Artist of the Year: Female
Jewel
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

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

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Easton Corbin
Danny Gokey
Jaron and The Long Road To Love
Jerrod Niemann
The Band Perry

Albums

Album of the Year
"Doin' My Thing," Luke Bryan
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
"Revolution," Miranda Lambert
"Haywire," Josh Turner
"Play On," Carrie Underwood

Singles
Single of the Year
"Do I," Luke Bryan
"A Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
"Gimme That Girl," Joe Nichols
"Why Don't We Just Dance," Josh Turner
Single of the Year: Male
"Do I," Luke Bryan
"Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin
"That's How Country Boys Roll," Billy Currington
"Gimme That Girl," Joe Nichols
"Why Don't We Just Dance," Josh Turner

Single of the Year: Female
"White Liar," Miranda Lambert
"Wrong Baby Wrong," Martina McBride
"Consider Me Gone," Reba McEntire
"Didn't Know How Much I Loved You," Kellie Pickler
"Cowboy Casanova," Carrie Underwood

Single of the Year: Duo or Group
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
"Little White Church," Little Big Town
"Unstoppable," Rascal Flatts
"Keep On Lovin' You," Steel Magnolia
"Toes," Zac Brown Band

Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
"Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin
"Pray for You," Jaron and The Long Road To Love
"Lover, Lover," Jerrod Niemann
"Keep on Lovin' You," Steel Magnolia
"Beer on the Table," Josh Thompson

Touring
Touring Headline Package of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Toby Keith
Martina McBride & Trace Adkins
Tim McGraw
Brad Paisley
Rascal Flatts
George Strait & Reba McEntire
Sugarland
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Videos
Music Video of the Year
"A Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
"Hillbilly Bone," Blake Shelton with Trace Adkins
"Why Don't We Just Dance," Josh Turner
"The Man I Want To Be," Chris Young

Music Video: Male
"A Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin
"Southern Voice," Tim McGraw
"Hillbilly Bone," Blake Shelton with Trace Adkins
"Why Don't We Just Dance," Josh Turner
"The Man I Want To Be," Chris Young

Music Video: Female
"White Liar," Miranda Lambert
"Consider Me Gone," Reba McEntire
"Didn't Know How Much I Loved You," Kellie Pickler
"Cowboy Casanova," Carrie Underwood
"Work Hard, Play Harder," Gretchen Wilson

Music Video: Duo or Group
"Need You Now," Lady Antebellum
"Little White Church," Little Big Town
"Unstoppable," Rascal Flatts
"Keep on Lovin' You," Steel Magnolia
"Highway 20 Ride," Zac Brown Band

Music Video: Breakthrough Artist
"Giddy On Up," Laura Bell Bundy
"A Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin
"Lover, Lover," Jerrod Niemann
"Keep on Lovin' You," Steel Magnolia
"If I Die Young," The Band Perry

Fans can vote once each day for their favorite nominees at www.theacas.com. Voting is open until Nov. 8 for all categories, except for Artist of the Year, which closes on Dec. 4. The nominees for each award category have been determined by one of the four respected media measurement companies Big Champagne, Great American Country, Mediabase and Pollstar.

"Unlike any other country music award show, the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS will give fans the power to choose all of the winners, which means the awards will reflect what America is listening to and watching right now," said executive producer Bob Bain.

"The ACAs will recognize traditional categories like Artist of the Year and Album of the Year but will also introduce a new honor for tours, resulting in one amazing night for country music.
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