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Bryan leads ACA Awards with seven nominations

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 – Luke Bryan leads nominees for the third annual American Country Awards with seven,including Artist and Album of the Year. Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band each earned six nods.

Artist of the Year Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Lady Antebellum Taylor Swift Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Male Jason Aldean Luke Bryan Kenny Chesney Eric Church Toby Keith

Artist of the Year: Female Sara Evans Miranda Lambert Martina McBride Taylor Swift Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Group The Band Perry Eli Young Band Lady Antebellum Rascal Flatts Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist Lee Brice Colt Ford Gloriana Justin Moore Jake Owen

Artist of the Year: New Artist Lauren Alaina Hunter Hayes Jana Kramer Kip Moore Pistol Annies

Album

Album of the Year Dierks Bentley, "Home" Luke Bryan, "tailgates & tanlines" Eric Church, "Chief" Lady Antebellum, "Own the Night" Blake Shelton, "Red River Blue"

SINGLES

Single of the Year Jason Aldean, "Tattoos On This Town" Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night To End" Eric Church, "Drink In My Hand" Chris Young, "You" Zac Brown Band, "Keep Me In Mind"

Single of the Year: Male Jason Aldean, "Tattoos On This Town" Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night To End" Kenny Chesney, "Reality" Eric Church, "Drink In My Hand" Chris Young, "You"

Single of the Year: Female Sara Evans, "My Heart Can't Tell You No" Miranda Lambert, "Over You" Martina McBride, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" Taylor Swift, "Ours" Carrie Underwood, "Good Girl"

Single of the Year: Group Eli Young Band, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" Lady Antebellum, "We Owned The Night" Rascal Flatts, "Banjo" The Band Perry, "All Your Life" Zac Brown Band, "Keep Me In Mind"

Single of the Year: New Artist Hunter Hayes, "Wanted" Jana Kramer, "Why Ya Wanna" Dustin Lynch, "Cowboys and Angels" Kip Moore, "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck" The Farm, "Home Sweet Home"

Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist Lee Brice, "A Woman Like You" Brantley Gilbert, "You Don't Know Her Like I Do" Gloriana, "(Kissed You) Good Night" David Nail, "Let It Rain" Jake Owen, "Alone With You"

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration Kix Brooks featuring Joe Walsh, "New To This Town" Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, "Feel Like A Rock Star" Brad Paisley featuring Carrie Underwood, "Remind Me" Rascal Flatts featuring Natasha Bedingfield, "Easy" Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett, "Knee Deep"

TOURING

Touring Artist of the Year Kenny Chesney Lady Antebellum Miranda Lambert Tim McGraw Brad Paisley Eric Church Toby Keith Rascal Flatts Taylor Swift Zac Brown Band Jason Aldean

VIDEOS

Music Video of the Year Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night To End" Jake Owen, "Alone With You" Blake Shelton, "God Gave Me You" Keith Urban, "For You" Chris Young, "You"

Music Video: Male Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night to End" Jake Owen, "Alone With You" Blake Shelton, "God Gave Me You" Keith Urban, "For You" Chris Young, "You" Music Video: Female Sara Evans, "My Heart Can't Tell You No" Miranda Lambert, "Over You" Martina McBride, "I'm Gonna Love You Through It" Taylor Swift, "Ours" Carrie Underwood, "Good Girl"

Music Video: Group or Collaboration Gloriana, "(Kissed You) Good Night" Lady Antebellum, "Dancin' Away With My Heart" Little Big Town, "Pontoon" Love and Theft, "Angel Eyes" The Band Perry, "All Your Life"

Music Video: New Artist Hunter Hayes, "Wanted" Casey James, "Let's Don't Call It A Night" Jana Kramer, "Why You Wanna" Dustin Lynch, "Cowboys and Angels" Kip Moore, "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck"

Song of the Year: Trace Adkins, "Just Fishin'" (Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell and Ed Hill) Jason Aldean, "Fly Over States," (Michael Dulaney and Neil Thrasher) Jason Aldean, "Tattoos On This Town" (Michael Dulaney, Wendell Mobley and Neil Thrasher) Lee Brice, "A Woman Like You" (Phil Barton, Johnny Bulford and Jon Stone) Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter, "You And Tequila" (Matraca Berg and Deana Carter) Ronnie Dunn, "Cost of Livin'" (Phillip Coleman and Ronnie Dunn) Eli Young Band, "Even If It Breaks Your Heart" (Will Hoge and Eric Paslay) Toby Keith, "Red Solo Cup" (Brett Beavers, Jim Beavers, Brad Warren and Brett Warren) Eric Church, "Springsteen" (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell) Tim McGraw, "Better Than I Used to Be" (Ashley Gorley and Bryan Simpson)

The show airs live from Las Vegas Dec. 10.

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