Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and her Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts and Ronnie Dunn nominated for American Country Awards

The third annual fan-voted awards show, co-hosted by Trace Adkins and Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth, airs live Monday night on Fox.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: December 6, 2012 at 5:53 pm •  Published: December 7, 2012

Checotah native Carrie Underwood also is competing for Artist of the Year: Female as well as Single of the Year: Female and Music Video of the Year: Female for her raucous hit “Good Girl.” She and fellow country superstar Brad Paisley are vying for Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration for their chart-topping duet “Remind Me.”

Rascal Flatts, which includes Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, earned nods for Artist of the Year: Group, Single of the Year: Group for their tuneful hit “Banjo,” Touring Artist of the Year and Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration for the mournful ballad “Easy” featuring British pop star Natasha Bedingfield.

Lambert's husband and fellow Tishomingo resident Blake Shelton is nominated for Album of the Year for “Red River Blue” as well as Music Video of the Year and Music Video of the Year: Male for his earnest love song “God Gave Me You.”

Online balloting for ACA Artist of the Year closes Friday. Fans can vote at

Luke Bryan leads the ACA contenders with seven nominations; Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band each earned six nods; and Eric Church and Taylor Swift garnered five nominations a piece.

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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