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Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band lead American Country Awards nominations

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Fox has announced the nominees for their 2nd annual American Country Awards—you know, that country music awards show that isn’t the CMAs, ACMs, or the CMT Music Awards—which will be hosted by Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth (can’t wait to see those two stand side-by-side!) on December 5.

Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band, both of whom have had a pretty stellar 2011, lead the pack with eight nominations each, while newcomer Thompson Square nabbed a whopping seven nominations. The Band Perry and Taylor Swift each scored six.

Fresh off his strong debut week, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery received a nomination for Artist of the Year: New Artist (not to be confused with Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist), another signal that the country community has welcomed him warmly.

On the whole, the nominations are pretty much what you’d expect, but there are a few pleasant surprises. Pistol Annies scored a New Artist nomination, and Ashton Shepherd’s sassy “Look It Up” earned one for Music Video: Female. Both well-deserved.

The only real snub here seems like Blake Shelton’s smash single “Honey Bee,” which easily could have fit right into the Single of Year category.

Check out the nominations below, and let us know what you think:

Artist of the Year

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney

Lady Antebellum

Taylor Swift

Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Male

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Kenny Chesney

Brad Paisley

Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year: Female

Sara Evans

Alison Krauss

Miranda Lambert

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Duo or Group

The Band Perry

Lady Antebellum

Rascal Flatts

Sugarland

Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist

Eric Church

Eli Young Band

Chris Young

Justin Moore

Jake Owen

Artist of the Year: New Artist

The Band Perry

Scotty McCreery

Jerrod Niemann

The Pistol Annies

Thompson Square

ALBUMS

Album of the Year

Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party

Kenny Chesney, “Hemingway’s Whiskey”

Brad Paisley, “This Is Country Music”

Taylor Swift, “Speak Now”

Keith Urban, “Get Closer”

Zac Brown Band, “You Get What You Give”

SINGLES

Single of the Year

Billy Currington, “Let Me Down Easy”

Tim McGraw, “Felt Good On My Lips”

Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”

Chris Young, “Voices”

Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, “As She’s Walking Away”

Single of the Year: Male

Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”

Luke Bryan, “Someone Else Calling You Baby”

Billy Currington, “Let Me Down Easy”

Tim McGraw, “Felt Good On My Lips”

Chris Young, “Voices”

Single of the Year: Female

Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger”

Miranda Lambert, “Heart Like Mine”

Reba, “Turn On The Radio”

Taylor Swift, “Mean”

Carrie Underwood, “Mama’s Song”

Single of the Year: Duo or Group

The Band Perry, “You Lie”

Rascal Flatts, “Why Wait?”

Sugarland, “Stuck Like Glue”

Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?”

Zac Brown Band, “Colder Weather”

Single of the Year: New Artist

The Band Perry, “You Lie”

Craig Campbell, “Family Man”

The Jane Dear Girls, “Wildflower”

Jerrod Neimann, “What Do You Want?”

Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?”

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration

Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay?”

Kenny Chesney featuring Grace Potter, “You and Tequila”

Brad Paisley with Alabama, “Old Alabama”

Zac Brown Band with Jimmy Buffet, “Knee Deep”

Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, “As She’s Walking Away”

TOURING

Touring Headline Package of the Year

Jason Aldean

Kenny Chesney

Toby Keith

Tim McGraw

Brad Paisley

Rascal Flatts

George Strait

Taylor Swift

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

VIDEOS

Music Video of the Year

Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger”

Jerrod Niemann, “What Do You Want?”

Blake Shelton, “Who Are you When I’m Not Looking?”

Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?”

Josh Turner, “I Wouldn’t Be A Man”

Music Video: Male

Jason Aldean “My Kinda Party”

Jerrod Niemann “What Do You Want?”

Blake Shelton “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking?”

Josh Turner “I Wouldn’t Be A Man”

Keith Urban “Put You In A Song”

Music Video: Female

Sara Evans, “A Little Bit Stronger”

Reba, “Turn On The Radio”

Ashton Shepherd, “Look It Up”

Taylor Swift, “Back To December”

Carrie Underwood, “Mama’s Song”

Music Video: Duo, Group or Collaboration

Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson “Don’t You Wanna Stay?”

The Band Perry “You Lie”

Lady Antebellum “Hello World”

Thompson Square “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?”

Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson “As She’s Walking Away”

Music Video: New Artist

The Band Perry “You Lie”

Craig Campbell “Family Man”

Brett Eldredge “Raymond”

Jerrod Niemann “What Do You Want?”

Thompson Square “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?”

Read more on EW.com:

CMA Award nominees: Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton join Entertainer of the Year vets

Scotty McCreery sells 197,000 copies in first week

Jason Aldean’s gorgeous, patriotic ‘Tattoos On This Town’ video: Watch it here

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