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American Country Awards are tonight: Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and more among nominees with Oklahoma ties

by Brandy McDonnell Published: December 10, 2013
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Carrie Underwood accepts the award for Female Artist of the Year during the American Country Awards on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP file)
Carrie Underwood accepts the award for Female Artist of the Year during the American Country Awards on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP file)

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Thompson Square and Vince Gill will compete for guitars and glory tonight at Fox’s fourth annual American Country Awards.

Hosted by multiplatinum recording artist Trace Adkins and NASCAR star Danica Patrick, the awards show airs live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from 7 to 9 tonight on Fox. Patrick replaces Broken Arrow native Kristin Chenoweth, who emceed the show with Adkins the past two years.

The fan-voted awards show is known for giving out Fender guitars in lieu of more traditional trophies. Here’s the artist’s with Oklahoma ties who will be vying for those congratulatory instruments:

Tishomingo resident Shelton earned seven nominations: artist of the year; artist of the year: male; album of the year for “Based on a True Story …”; single of the year: male, music video of the year and music video of the year: male for “Sure Be Cool If You Did”; and single of the year: vocal collaboration for “Boys ‘Round Here,” featuring Pistol Annies, the trio of his wife Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley.

Lambert also is nominated for artist of the year: female; touring artist of the year; and single of the year: female, and music video of the year: female for “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

In addition, “Mama’s Broken Heart” earned a song of the year nod for songwriters Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves.

Checotah native Underwood is competing for artist of the year: female; touring artist of the year; single of the year: female for “Two Black Cadillacs”; and music video of the year: female for “Blown Away.”

Rascal Flatts, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, garnered nominations for artist of the year: duo or group; touring artist of the year; and music video of the year: group or collaboration for “Come Wake Me Up.”

Thompson Square, the duo of Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and his wife, Shawna, is nominated for single of the year: duo/group, and music video of the year: group or collaboration for “If I Didn’t Have You.” Thompson Square also will be among the presenters at the ACAs.

Norman-born and Oklahoma City-bred star Vince Gill shares a nod with Kelly Clarkson for single of the year: vocal collaboration for “Don’t Rush.”

Taylor Swift leads the American Country Awards field with eight nominations; Florida Georgia Line tied Shelton with seven nominations.

Performers at the show will include Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Brad Paisley and Florida Georgia Line, plus Sheryl Crow with Darius Rucker. Paisley will receive the Video Visionary Award, which has only been awarded one additional time — to Oklahoman Toby Keith in 2010.

Along with Thompson Square, presenters will include Sara Evans, “Glee’s” Matthew Morrison, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Scotty McCreery, Chris Young, Olivia Newton-John, Joe Nichols, Lauren Alaina, Clay Walker and more.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Artist of the Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Artist of the Year: Male
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Female
Kelly Clarkson
Sheryl Crow
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

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

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Lee Brice
Hunter Hayes
Randy Houser
Scotty McCreery
Justin Moore

Artist of the Year: New Artist
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves
Cassadee Pope
Thomas Rhett

Album of the Year
‘Night Train,’ Jason Aldean
‘Here’s to the Good Times,’ Florida Georgia Line
‘Two Lanes of Freedom,’ Tim McGraw
‘Based On a True Story…,’ Blake Shelton
‘Pioneer,’ The Band Perry

Single of the Year
‘Cruise,’ Florida Georgia Line
‘How Country Feels,’ Randy Houser
‘Beer Money,’ Kip Moore
‘Better Dig Two,’ The Band Perry
‘One of Those Nights,’ Tim McGraw

Single of the Year: Male
‘Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),’ Gary Allen
‘One of Those Nights,’ Tim McGraw
‘The One That Got Away,’ Jake Owen
‘Wagon Wheel,’ Darius Rucker
‘Sure Be Cool If You Did,’ Blake Shelton

Single of the Year: Female
‘Easy,’ Sheryl Crow
‘American Heart,’ Faith Hill
‘Mama’s Broken Heart,’ Miranda Lambert
‘Begin Again,’ Taylor Swift
‘Two Black Cadillacs,’ Carrie Underwood

Single of the Year: Duo/Group
‘Downtown,’ Lady Antebellum
‘Tornado,’ Little Big Town
‘Better Dig Two,’ The Band Perry
‘If I Didn’t Have You,’ Thompson Square
‘Goodbye in Her Eyes,’ Zac Brown Band

Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
‘I Drive Your Truck,’ Lee Brice
‘All Over the Road,’ Easton Corbin
‘Somebody’s Heartbreak,’ Hunter Hayes
‘How Country Feels,’ Randy Houser
‘Til My Last Day,’ Justin Moore

Single of the Year: New Artist
‘Did It for the Girl,’ Greg Bates
‘Don’t Ya,’ Brett Eldredge
‘Redneck Crazy,’ Tyler Farr
‘Cruise,’ Florida Georgia Line
‘Beer Money,’ Kip Moore

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration
‘The Only Way I Know,’ Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church
‘Don’t Rush,’ Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill
‘Highway Don’t Care,’ Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
‘Boys ‘Round Here,’ Blake Shelton with Pistol Annies

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

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

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

Music Video of the Year: Female
‘American Heart,’ Faith Hill
‘Mama’s Broken Heart,’ Miranda Lambert
‘Someone Somewhere Tonight,’ Kellie Pickler
‘Begin Again,’ Taylor Swift
‘Blown Away,’ Carrie Underwood

Music Video of the Year: New Artist
‘Don’t Ya,’ Brett Eldredge
‘Cruise,’ Florida Georgia Line
‘Crying on a Suitcase,’ Casey James
‘Beer Money,’ Kip Moore
‘Merry Go ‘Round,’ Kacey Musgraves

Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration
‘Tornado,’ Little Big Town
‘Highway Don’t Care,’ Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
‘Come Wake Me Up,’ Rascal Flatts
‘Better Dig Two,’ The Band Perry
‘If I Didn’t Have You,’ Thompson Square

Song of the Year (award goes to the songwriter(s)):
‘Better Dig Two,’ Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen – Recorded by the Band Perry

‘Cruise,’ Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Chase Rice and Jesse Rice – Recorded by Florida Georgia Line

‘Hard To Love,’ Ben Glover, Billy Montana and John Ozier – Recorded by Lee Brice

‘Highway Don’t Care,’ Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brett Warren – Recorded by Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban

‘I Drive Your Truck,’ Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Jimmy Yeary – Recorded by Lee Brice

‘Like Jesus Does,’ Casey Beathard and Monty Criswell – Recorded by Eric Church

‘Mama’s Broken Heart,’ Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves – Recorded by Miranda Lambert

‘Merry Go’ Round,’ Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves and Josh Osborne – Recorded by Kacey Musgraves

‘Pontoon,’ Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby and Luke Laird – Recorded by Little Big Town

‘Wagon Wheel,’ Bob Dylan and Ketch Secor – Recorded by Darius Rucker

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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