4th ACA nominations





The nominations for this year's American Country Awards have just been released. The show will be hosted by Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick and broadcast live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on 10th December from 8pm till 10pm Eastern time. Taylor Swift leads with eight nominations and is followed by Florida Georgia Line and Blake Shelton with seven each. Read on for a full list of nominations and my predictions.

Artist Of The Year
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

Predicted winner = Luke Bryan
Could be close between Luke and Florida Georgia Line however Luke's previous ACA success and his all round popularity should win this for him in my opinion.

Artist Of The Year: Male
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Blake Shelton

Predicted winner = Luke Bryan
Last year's winner will retain the award in my opinion. His popularity is very high and his new album has been very successful for him.

Artist Of The Year: Female
Kelly Clarkson
Sheryl Crow
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Predicted winner = Carrie Underwood
I think it's great to see Sheryl Crow's name in this category but I unfortunately think she isn't going to win. It seems as though Kelly is going to continue to be nominated for Female Artist categories but I think Carrie's popularity will win her this. Carrie has also won every Female Artist award from the ACAs.

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

Predicted winner = Little Big Town
A brilliant year for the quartet. Although Lady Antebellum have won the award for the past three years I don't think they will challenge for this and I don't think Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band are popular enough. It could be interesting between Little Big Town and The Band Perry though.

Artist Of The Year: Breakthrough Artist
Lee Brice
Hunter Hayes
Randy Houser
Scotty McCreery 
Justin Moore

Predicted winner = Hunter Hayes
Hunter has an increasing level of popularity and his latest album has had a strong level of success. He has also had successful touring as well as being part of the CMT tour.

Artist Of The Year: New Artist
Florida Georgia Line
Kip Moore
Kacey Musgraves
Cassadee Pope
Thomas Rhett

Predicted winner = Florida Georgia Line
Kacey Musgraves is the only one who I think could challenge the duo in this category. Florida Georgia Line have had a huge year and are very popular as well as having a lot of chart success.

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

Predicted winner = Here's To The Good Times - Florida Georgia Line
This could close between Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean in my opinion. I would love to see The Band Perry win it but I think Florida Georgia Line will win because of their huge popularity and chart and touring success.

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

Predicted winner = Cruise - Florida Georgia Line
This track has been hugely successful and catapulted the duo to success. It has a very catchy melody and seems to be a big hit live. The track has also been very strong in the charts.

Single Of The Year: Male
Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain) - Gary Allan
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

Predicted winner = Sure Be Cool If You Did - Blake Shelton
Personally I would like to see Gary Allan or Jake Owen win the award however Blake's popularity and critical success will, in my opinion, win this.

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

Predicted winner = Two Black Cadillacs - Carrie Underwood
I would love to see Sheryl Crow or Faith Hill win this as I think both their singles are great but I think realistically it will be between Miranda, Taylor and Carrie, with Carrie's popularity and general song strength winning out.

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

Predicted winner = Tornado - Little Big Town
The title track from Little Big Town's first number one album that went to number one itself. Hard to pick between "Tornado" and "Downtown" in my opinion and Lady Antebellum could certainly challenge but "Tornado" is a great track with a great feel to it.

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
Till My Last Day - Justin Moore

Predicted winner = I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
An absolutely lovely track from a very strong artist. In my opinion deserves a lot of awards. The instrumentalisation is soft enough to allow the focus on the really sweet story behind the lyrics. It may be a case that Hunter Hayes popularity wins him the award but on the strength of the song I'm going to pick Lee.

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

Predicted winner = Cruise - Florida Georgia Line
A hugely popular track from the duo. Personally I'd rather Kip Moore win as I really like the song however "Cruise" has a catchy, party feel to it that really sticks in your head and makes you want to sing along and is also a strong song.

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 featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Boys 'Round Here - Blake Shelton with Pistol Annies

Predicted winner = Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
A very successful collaboration between three of country music's biggest stars. I am not a huge fan of the video which is why I think the single will win this award rather than video.

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

Predicted winner = George Strait
Difficult category with a lot of big tours but George Strait's support from the industry and fans and the varied star openers promises a great tour. My other thought would be for Brad Paisley's tour. 

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

Predicted winner = Begin Again - Taylor Swift
Whilst I am admittedly not a huge fan of Taylor, "Begin Again" is one of the more country sounding tracks off her new album and the video really fits in with it well. All these videos are strong in their own ways but I think "Begin Again" is the strongest.

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

Predicted winner = One Of Those Nights - Tim McGraw
One of my favourite songs of Tim's, I love the idea behind the video when he invited fans to see a live stream of the creating of the video. I also love "Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)" and was impressed by "Take A Little Ride" so definitely found it hard to pick! Unfortunately Gary Allan tends not to win many awards and Jason's isn't as atmospheric so I think this is Tim's award.

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

Predicted winner = Begin Again - Taylor Swift
I found this really hard to predict. The only video in this I really don't like is "Mama's Broken Heart" and the nominations are split between Taylor, Carrie and Miranda and then Kellie and Faith in my opinion. I really want Faith to win this as I love the "American Heart" video but I think Taylor's popularity on what is a completely fan voted category will give her the push needed. 

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

Predicted winner = Beer Money - Kip Moore
A tough category to decide again. Whilst "Cruise" is a good song, I feel it is a better song than video and Kip Moore definitely deserves this one. Whilst Kacey won video at the CMAs last year I'm not sure that is enough in what is a very different category. 

Music Video Of The Year: Group Or Collaboration
Tornado - Little Big Town
Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw featuring 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

Predicted winner = Tornado - Little Big Town
This isn't my favourite video from Little Big Town however I feel it is certainly the best of the category. An atmospheric song that is helped by an atmospheric video.

Song Of The Year
Better Dig Two - Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Trevor Rosen (recorded by The Band Perry)
Cruise - Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Joey Moi, Chase Rice, Jesse Rice (recorded by Florida Georgia Line)
Hard To Love - Ben Glover, Billy Montana, John Ozier (recorded by Lee Brice)
Highway Don't Care - Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren, Brett Warren (recorded by Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban)
I Drive Your Truck - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary (recorded by Lee Brice)
Like Jesus Does - Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell (recorded by Eric Church)
Mama's Broken Heart - Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves (recorded by Miranda Lambert)
Merry Go 'Round - Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osbourne (recored by Kacey Musgraves)
Pontoon - Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird (recorded by Little Big Town)
Wagon Wheel - Bob Dylan, Ketch Secor (recorded by Darius Rucker)

Predicted winner = I Drive Your Truck - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary
Such an amazingly well written track that sincerely deserves this award. A beautiful story that even though it hasn't been recorded by the hugely popular artists in the category, sincerely deserves the recognition. In my opinion the other contender is "Like Jesus Does" - again a lovely song and Eric Church's acoustic performance does it justice.


Full list of predictions
Artist Of The Year = Luke Bryan
Artist Of The Year: Male = Luke Bryan
Artist Of The Year: Female = Carrie Underwood
Artist Of The Year: Duo Or Group = Little Big Town
Artist Of The Year: Breakthrough Artist = Hunter Hayes
Artist Of The Year: New Artist = Florida Georgia Line
Album Of The Year = Here's To The Good Times - Florida Georgia Line
Single Of The Year = Cruise - Florida Georgia Line
Single Of The Year: Male = Sure Be Cool If You Did - Blake Shelton
Single Of The Year: Female = Two Black Cadillacs - Carrie Underwood
Single Of The Year: Duo Or Group = Tornado - Little Big Town
Single Of The Year: Breakthrough Artist = I Drive Your Truck - Lee Brice
Single Of The Year: New Artist = Cruise - Florida Georgia Line
Single Of The Year: Vocal Collaboration = Highway Don't Care - Tim McGraw featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Touring Artist Of The Year = George Strait
Great American Country - Video Of The Year = Begin Again - Taylor Swift
Music Video Of The Year: Male = One Of Those Nights - Tim McGraw
Music Video Of The Year: Female = Begin Again - Taylor Swift
Music Video Of The Year: New Artist = Beer Money - Kip Moore
Music Video Of The Year: Group or Collaboration = Tornado - Little Big Town
Song Of The Year = I Drive Your Truck - Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Jimmy Yeary


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