AceShowbiz - This year's American Country Awards sees a stiff competition in Artist of the Year category. Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band are all up for the nod, joined by rising country music star Luke Bryan.
In term of number, Bryan is leading with a total of seven noms. He's once again pitted against Aldean in Artist of the Year: Male category which also names Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and Toby Keith as the contenders.
The "Rain Is a Good Thing" singer will fight against Aldean, Church, Lady A and Blake Shelton for Album of the Year prize. He gets his other nominations for Single of the Year, Single of the Year: Male, Music Video of the Year, and Music Video of the Year: Male.
Lady A and Zac Brown Band follow Bryan's domination with six nods apiece. In addition to Artist of the Year, the two groups meet again in Artist of the Year: Group, Single of the Year: Group, and Touring Artist of the Year categories.
Swift and Church also grabs multiple nominations with a total of five each. The "Begin Again" songstress faces off Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood for Artist of the Year: Female, Single of the Year: Female, as well as Music Video of the Year: Female kudos. Church, meanwhile, vies for Single of the Year: Male and Touring Artist of the Year in addition to his above mentioned nods.
The 2012 ACAs will air live December 10 starting at 8 P.M. ET/PT on FOX from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with Kristin Chenoweth and Trace Adkins serving as the hosts. Fans can vote for the winners by visiting the official site.
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