American Country Awards 2012 Full List of Nominees: Luke Bryan Leads the Pack

In the grand scheme of things, the American Country Awards are brand spankin' new. The ceremony is only three years old and lauds itself as "the show for the next generation of country music fans." The awards show also sets itself apart by allowing fans to vote for the winners, and by introducing categories that aren't honored by traditional award shows; for example, touring. 

The pack of 2012 nominees is led by Luke Bryan and his platinum-selling album Tailgates & Tanlines for which he's received seven nominations. Bryan is closely trailed by Eric Church, Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band who all have six nominations. 

The coveted category of Artist of the Year includes nominees Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan, and Taylor Swift. Aldean won last year's award in this category. 

Winners in all 21 categories will be announced live on Fox on the 8 p.m. broadcast. Hosting the ceremony will be Trace Adkins (who has hosted all three of the annual awards) and Krisin Chenoweth. 

A full list of the nominees below: 

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

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
Lady Antebellum
Zac Brown Band
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band

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

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

Album of the Year
Lady Antebellum, ‘Own The Night’
Dierks Bentley, ‘Home’
Luke Bryan, ‘Tailgates and Tanlines’
Eric Church, ‘Chief’
Blake Shelton, ‘Red River Blue’

Single of the Year
Jason Aldean, ‘Tattoos On This Town’
Zac Brown Band, ‘Keep Me In Mind’
Luke Bryan, ‘I Dont Want This Night To End’
Eric Church, ‘Drink In My Hand’
Chris Young, ‘You’

Single of the Year: Male
Jason Aldean, ‘Tattoos On This Town’
Luke Bryan, ‘I Dont 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
Lady Antebellum, ‘We Owned The Night’
Zac Brown Band, ‘Keep Me In Mind’
Rascal Flatts, ‘Banjo’
The Band Perry, ‘All Your Life’
Eli Young Band, ‘Even if It Breaks Your Heart’

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

Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Lee Brice, ‘A Woman Like You’
Brantley Gilbert, ‘You Don’t Know Her Like I Do’
Glorianna, ‘(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’
Zac Brown Band (featuring Jimmy Buffet), ‘Knee Deep’
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, ‘Feel Like A Rock Star’
Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield, ‘Easy’
Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood, ‘Remind Me’

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 of the Year: 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 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’

Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration
Lady Antebellum, ‘Dancin’ Away With My Heart’
The Band Perry, ‘All Your Life’
Glorianna, ‘(Kissed You) Good Night’
Little Big Town, ‘Pontoon’
Love And Theft, ‘Angel Eyes’

Music Video of the Year: 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 with Grace Potter, ‘You And Tequila’ – Matraca Berg and Deana Carter
Eric Church, ‘Springsteen’ – Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell
Ronnie Dunn, ‘Cost Of Livin” – Phillip Coleman and Ronnie Dunn
Toby Keith, ‘Red Solo Cup’ – Brett Beavers, Jim Beavers, Brad Warren and Brett Warren
Tim McGraw, ‘Better Than I Used To Be’ – Ashley Gorley and Bryan Simpson
Eli Young Band, ‘Even If It Breaks Your Heart’ – Will Hoge and Eric Paslay

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

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Elena is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at Mic. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Salon, Time Out New York, The New York Times Upfront, ABC News, and various travel publications. She is also a Princeton alum, a former Thailand resident, and a Brooklyn native.

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