American Country Awards

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American Country Awards
American Country Awards Logo.jpg
Awards show logo
Awarded for Achievements in the Country music industry.
Country United States
Presented by Nancy O'Dell (2010)
Trace Adkins (2010-2013)
Kristin Chenoweth (2011-12)
Danica Patrick (2013)[1]
First awarded 2010
Website http://www.theacas.com/
Television/radio coverage
Network Fox

The American Country Awards (ACA) is an annual country music awards show, entirely voted on by fans online. Created in 2010 by the Fox Network, the awards honor country music artists for singles, albums, music videos and touring categories.[2] In 2012, "Song of the Year" was added with the nominations coming from the Nashville Songwriters International Association. In addition to the CMA Awards, the ACM Awards, and the CMT Music Awards, it is the fourth major-awards show completely dedicated to the country music industry.[3] The first two ceremonies took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 6, 2010 and December 5, 2011.[2][2][3][3] The 2012 ceremony took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, on December 10. Luke Bryan won nine awards, including artist and album of the year, while Miranda Lambert won three. Carrie Underwood won female artist of the year and Lauren Alaina won new artist of the year. The show was executive produced by Bob Bain, produced by Paul Flattery, Tisha Fein, Kelly Brock and Fletcher Foster and directed by Michael Dempsey. The ratings for ACCA dropped dramatically compared to the 2013 American Country Awards. According to TV By The Numbers, 18-49 Ratings/Share dropped from 1.4/4 to 0.9/3 and viewership dropped from 5.14 million to 3.39 million. Due to the drop in viewers, the ACA's were discontinued after its fourth show in 2013 and replaced with American Country Countdown Awards.

History[edit]

Nominees for the first inaugural awards show were announced on Monday October 18, 2010.[4] Lady Antebellum and Easton Corbin led the field with seven nominations each, followed by Carrie Underwood with six nominations, and Miranda Lambert and Josh Turner each had five nominations.[5] Voting continued through November 8, except for Artist of the Year; which closed on December 4.[5] Trace Adkins was the host of the awards show.[6] Winners in each category received a custom-made Fender guitar in lieu of trophies.[6] In 2010, the guitar was the Stratocaster model, in 2011 it was the Telecaster. At the 2010 ceremonies, Carrie Underwood was the top winner with 6 awards, including the first-ever Artist of the Year.[6] Rascal Flatts received the Decade Award, Toby Keith received the Visionary Artist award and Alan Jackson received the Greatest Hits Artist award.[6] In 2011, Jason Aldean was the big winner with 6 Awards, including Artist of the year. In 2012, Luke Bryan was the big winner with 7 Awards, including Artist of the year. Alabama received the Greatest Hits Artist award and Toby Keith was Artist of the Decade. The artist who has won the most ACAs is Carrie Underwood with 12 (6 in 2010, 3 in 2011, 2 in 2012, 1 in 2013) Luke Bryan has the most for a Male artist with 10 (7 in 2012, 3 in 2013) and Lady Antebellum has the most for a group with 9 (4 in 2010, 1 in 2011, 2 in 2012, 2 in 2013).

On December 31, 2011, Fox aired a country music-themed New Year's Eve special co-branded with the awards show, known as American Country New Year's Eve Live, hosted by Rodney Carrington. The special differentiated itself from competing programs through an emphasis on country music instead of popular music, with performances by Joe Nichols and Toby Keith.[7] The special was not reprised in subsequent years, and subsequent episodes of New Year's Eve Live have reverted to pop music.

The 2014 version will be rebranded as the American Country Countdown Awards, named after the radio series of the same name, and be hosted by Kix Brooks. Nash FM and Dick Clark Productions will join the production.[8]

2010[edit]

Category Winner[6] Nominations[4]
Artist of the Year Carrie Underwood

Male Artist of the Year Brad Paisley

Female Artist of the Year Carrie Underwood

Duo or Group of the Year Lady Antebellum

Breakthrough Artist of the Year Easton Corbin

Album of the Year Play On - Carrie Underwood

Single of the Year "Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum

Male Artist Single of the Year "Why Don't We Just Dance" - Josh Turner

Female Artist Single of the Year "Cowboy Casanova" - Carrie Underwood

Duo or Group Single of the Year "Need You Now" - Lady Antebellum

Breakthrough Artist Single of the Year "A Little More Country Than That" - Easton Corbin

Touring Headline Package of the Year "Play On Tour" - Carrie Underwood
  • "The Last Rodeo Tour" - Brooks & Dunn
  • Toby Keith - "Toby Keith's American Ride Tour"
  • "Shine All Night Tour" - Martina McBride & Trace Adkins
  • "Live Your Voice Tour" - Tim McGraw
  • "American Saturday Night Tour" - Brad Paisley
  • "Unstoppable World Tour" - Rascal Flatts
  • "Fall 2009 Tour" - George Strait & Reba McEntire
  • "The Incredible Machine Tour" - Sugarland
  • "Fearless Tour" - Taylor Swift

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

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

Female Music Video "Cowboy Casanova" - Carrie Underwood

Duo or Group Music Video "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

Breakthrough Artist Music Video "A Little More Country Than That" - Easton Corbin

2011[edit]

Category Winner[6] Nominations[4]
Artist of the Year Jason Aldean

Male Artist of the Year Brad Paisley

Female Artist of the Year Carrie Underwood

Duo/Group Artist of the Year Lady Antebellum

Breakthrough Artist of the Year Chris Young

New Artist of the Year Scotty McCreery

Album of the Year My Kinda Party, Jason Aldean

Single of the Year "Voices", Chris Young

Single by a Male Artist "My Kinda Party", Jason Aldean

Single by a Female Artist "Mama's Song", Carrie Underwood

Single by a Duo/Group "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not", Thompson Square

Single by a Breakthrough Artist "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not", Thompson Square

Single by a Vocal Collaboration "Don't You Wanna Stay", Jason Aldean feat. Kelly Clarkson

Music Video of the Year "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking", Blake Shelton
  • "What Do You Want", Jerrod Niemann
  • "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not", Thompson Square
  • "A Little Bit Stronger", Sara Evans
  • "I Wouldn't Be a Man", Josh Turner

Music Video by a Male Artist "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking", Blake Shelton
  • "I Wouldn't Be A Man", Josh Turner
  • "My Kinda Party", Jason Aldean
  • "Put You in a Song", Keith Urban
  • "What Do You Want", Jerrod Niemann

Music Video by a Female Artist "Mama's Song", Carrie Underwood

Music Video by a Duo/Group/Collaboration "Don't You Wanna Stay", Jason Aldean feat. Kelly Clarkson
  • "Hello World", Lady Antebellum
  • "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not", Thompson Square
  • "You Lie", The Band Perry
  • "As She's Walking Away", Zac Brown Band feat. Alan Jackson

Music Video by a New Artist "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not", Thompson Square
  • "Raymond", Brett Eldredge
  • "What Do You Want", Jerrod Niemann
  • "Family Man", Craig Campbell
  • "You Lie", The Band Perry

Touring Artist of the Year Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Keith Urban
  • Brad Paisley
  • George Strait
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Taylor Swift
  • Toby Keith
  • Tim McGraw

2012[edit]

Category Winner[6] Nominations[4]
Artist of the Year Luke Bryan

Male Artist of the Year Luke Bryan

Female Artist of the Year Carrie Underwood

Duo/Group of the Year Lady Antebellum

Breakthrough Artist of the Year Jake Owen

New Artist of the Year Lauren Alaina

Album of the Year Tailgates & Tanlines, Luke Bryan

Single of the Year "I Don't Want This Night to End", Luke Bryan

Single by a Male "I Don't Want This Night to End", Luke Bryan
  • "Tattoos on This Town", Jason Aldean
  • "Reality", Kenny Chesney
  • "Drink in My Hand", Eric Church
  • "You", Chris Young

Single by a Female "Over You", Miranda Lambert

Single by a Duo/Group "We Owned the Night", Lady Antebellum

Single by a Breakthrough "You Don't Know Her Like I Do", Brantley Gilbert

Single by a New Artist "Wanted", Hunter Hayes

Single by a Vocal Collaboration "Remind Me", Brad Paisley (Duet with Carrie Underwood)

Music Video of the Year "I Don't Want This Night to End", Luke Bryan

Music Video by a Male "I Don't Want This Night to End", Luke Bryan
  • "Alone With You", Jake Owen
  • "God Gave Me You", Blake Shelton
  • "For You", Keith Urban
  • "You", Chris Young

Music Video by a Female "Over You", Miranda Lambert
  • "My Heart Can't Tell You No, Sara Evans
  • "I'm Gonna Love You Through It", Martina McBrid
  • "Ours", Taylor Swift
  • "Good Girl", Carrie Underwood

Music Video by a Duo/Group/Collaboration "Pontoon", Little Big Town

Music Video by a New Artist "Wanted", Hunter Hayes

Song of the Year "Springsteen", (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell) - Eric Church

Touring Artist of the Year Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw
  • Eric Church
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Brad Paisley

2013[edit]

Category Winner [9] Nominees
Artist of the Year Luke Bryan

Male Artist of the Year Luke Bryan

Female Artist of the Year Miranda Lambert

Duo/Group of the Year Lady Antebellum

Breakthrough Artist of the Year Scotty McCreery

New Artist of the Year Florida Georgia Line

Album of the Year Based on a True Story..., Blake Shelton

Single of the Year "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line

Single by a Male "Sure Be Cool If You Did", Blake Shelton

Single by a Female "Mama's Broken Heart", Miranda Lambert

Single by a Duo/Group "Downtown", Lady Antebellum

Single by a Breakthrough "I Drive Your Truck", Lee Brice

Single by a New Artist "Cruise, Florida Georgia Line

Single by a Vocal Collaboration "Highway Don't Care", Tim McGraw feat Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

Great American Country - Music Video of the Year "Sure Be Cool If You Did", Blake Shelton
  • "Better Dig Two", The Band Perry
  • "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line
  • "Tornado", Little Big Town
  • "Begin Again", Taylor Swift

Music Video by a Male "Sure Be Cool If You Did, Blake Shelton
  • "Take a Little Ride", Jason Aldean
  • "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)", Gary Allan
  • "One of Those Nights", Tim McGraw
  • "Wagon Wheel", Darius Rucker

Music Video by a Female Artist "Blown Away", Carrie Underwood
  • "American Heart", Faith Hill
  • "Mama's Broken Heart", Miranda Lambert
  • "Someone Somewhere Tonight", Kellie Pickler
  • "Begin Again", Taylor Swift

Music Video by a Duo/Group/Collaboration "Highway Don't Care", Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
  • "Better Dig Two", The Band Perry
  • "Tornado", Little Big Town
  • "Come Wake Me Up", Rascal Flatts
  • "If I Didn't Have You", Thompson Square

Music Video by a New Artist "Cruise", Florida Georgia Line

Song of the Year "Highway Don't Care", (Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren & Brett Warren) - Tim McGraw feat. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

Touring Artist of the Year Luke Bryan
  • Jason Aldean
  • Kenny Chesney
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Brad Paisley
  • Rascal Flatts
  • George Strait
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Zac Brown Band

Worldwide Artist Taylor Swift

Most wins[edit]

The artist who has won the most ACAs is Carrie Underwood with 12 (6 in 2010, 3 in 2011, 2 in 2012, 1 in 2013). Luke Bryan has the most for a Male artist with 10 (7 in 2012, 3 in 2013). Lady Antebellum has the most for a group with 9 (4 in 2010, 1 in 2011, 2 in 2012, 2 in 2013). In 2012, Luke Bryan won 7 Awards, including Artist of the year, the most wins in a single ceremony. He passed Jason Aldean with 7.Taylor Swift have won 4 awards (1 in 2012 and 3 in 2013).

References[edit]

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  7. ^ Bigler, Taylor. Countdown to 2012: what to watch on New Year's Eve. The Daily Caller. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  8. ^ Cumulus, Fox, Dick Clark Productions To Debut ‘American Country Countdown Awards’
  9. ^ cite web: url=http://tasteofcountry.com/2013-american-country-awards-winners/

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