Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Top Nominees for Inaugural American Country Countdown Awards

Bryan, FGL and Miranda Lambert will perform on Fox’s December awards show

Last Updated: November 11, 2014 @ 9:19 AM

Saddle up: The nominees are in for the inaugural American Country Countdown Awards. Luke Bryan leads the way with seven, while Florida George Line has six.

The first-time awards show, based on country music’s longest-running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” will air live from Nashville’s Music City Center on Dec. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT tape-delayed on Fox.

Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Miranda Lambert are slated to perform, while FGL’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will host the show. Additional performers and presenters will be announced shortly.

Additional multi-nominees include Jason Aldean’s four, and Blake Shelton and Lambert’s three.

Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, Justin Moore, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell were named finalists in two categories apiece.

American Country Countdown Awards finalists are determined based on statistics and radio airplay charts from Nov. 1, 2013-Oct. 31, 2014. The finalists for Album of the Year were based on album sales from SoundScan, and the finalists for Artist of the Year were based on a combination of Mediabase airplay, Big Champagne digital data and tour information from Pollstar.

All other award categories were made up of those with the largest audience reach, according to Mediabase. The Breakthrough Artist of the Year category is the lone fan-voted category.

The “American Country Countdown Awards” is produced by Dick Clark Productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, John Dickey, Richard Godfrey and Tom Forrest are executive producers. Baz Halpin is co-executive producer.

Here are the finalists:

ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum
Blake Shelton

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Jason Aldean
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Randy Houser
Blake Shelton

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Danielle Bradbery
Miranda Lambert
Cassadee Pope
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum
Zac Brown Band

SONG OF THE YEAR
“When She Says Baby” – Jason Aldean
“Beat Of The Music” – Brett Eldredge
“Lettin’ The Night Roll” – Justin Moore
“Drink To That All Night” – Jerrod Niemann
“Chillin’ It” – Cole Swindell

COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
“This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
“Small Town Throwdown” – Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett
“Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” – Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill
“My Eyes” – Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian
“We Were Us” – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
“Crash My Party” – Luke Bryan
“The Outsiders” – Eric Church
“Here’s To The Good Times” – Florida Georgia Line
“Just As I Am” – Brantley Gilbert
“Platinum” – Miranda Lambert

DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR
“Burnin’ It Down” – Jason Aldean
“Drink A Beer” – Luke Bryan
“Play It Again” – Luke Bryan
“Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line
“This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan

BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Fan-voted award via Twitter, beginning Nov. 24)
Brett Eldredge
Tyler Farr
Kip Moore
Thomas Rhett
Cole Swindell