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[12/10/12 - 10:06 PM]
Winners of Third Annual "American Country Awards" Announced
Trace Adkins, Kristin Chenoweth, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Little Big Town were among the featured performers.

[via press release from FOX]

WINNERS OF THIRD ANNUAL "AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS" ANNOUNCED

Luke Bryan Earns Nine Awards; Carrie Underwood Receives 11th ACA Award and Sets Record for Most Awards

Two-Hour Special Featured Performances by Co-Hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town and a Surprise Performance by Lynyrd Skynyrd

The following artists were honored tonight at the third annual AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS, broadcast live on FOX from the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

With nine awards, including Artist of the Year, Luke Bryan received the most awards, followed by Miranda Lambert, who received three awards. Following her two wins this year, Carrie Underwood has earned 11 ACA awards, the most ACA honors of any artist. Lady Antebellum's wins in Artist of the Year: Group and Single of the Year: Group, plus their five previous awards, make them the group with the most ACA honors ever.

Fans logged on to www.theacas.com to cast votes in support of their favorite country music artists not only in traditional categories, but also in a previously unrecognized area - touring - encompassing the entire spectrum of country music.

Following is the list of categories and winners for the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS:

ARTISTS

Artist of the Year Luke Bryan

Artist of the Year: Male Luke Bryan

Artist of the Year: Female Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Group Lady Antebellum

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist Jake Owen

Artist of the Year: New Artist Lauren Alaina

ALBUM

Album of the Year Luke Bryan, "tailgates & tanlines"

SINGLES

Single of the Year Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night To End"

Single of the Year: Male Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night To End"

Single of the Year: Female Miranda Lambert, "Over You"

Single of the Year: Group Lady Antebellum, "We Owned The Night"

Single of the Year: New Artist Hunter Hayes, "Wanted"

Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist Brantley Gilbert, "You Don't Know Her Like I Do"

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration Brad Paisley (Duet with Carrie Underwood), "Remind Me"

TOURING

Touring Artist of the Year Jason Aldean

VIDEOS

Music Video of the Year Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night To End"

Music Video of the Year: Male Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night to End"

Music Video of the Year: Female Miranda Lambert, "Over You"

Music Video of the Year: Group or Collaboration Little Big Town, "Pontoon"

Music Video of the Year: New Artist Hunter Hayes, "Wanted"

Song of the Year: Eric Church, "Springsteen" (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde and Ryan Tyndell)

Additionally, the following MOST PLAYED RADIO TRACK awards determined by Mediabase, were announced during tonight's telecast:

Most Played Radio Track Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night to End"

Most Played Radio Track: Male Luke Bryan, "I Don't Want This Night to End"

Most Played Radio Track: Female Miranda Lambert, "Over You"

Most Played Radio Track: Group Zac Brown Band, "Keep Me In Mind"

Most Played Radio Track: New Artist Kip Moore, "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck"

AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS is executive-produced by Bob Bain (TEEN CHOICE 2012, "Kids' Choice Awards"). Fletcher Foster, Paul Flattery and Tisha Fein serve as producers. Greg Sills is supervising producer. Michael Dempsey directed the live special.

About Mandalay Bay

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About BigChampagne

BigChampagne integrates, analyzes and reports information about the sale, broadcast and consumption of popular entertainment media. Our partners and sources for data include retailers, online and traditional (radio and television) broadcasters, major content companies, subscription services, social networks and other venues where entertainment is enjoyed.

About Mediabase

Mediabase monitors the airplay of more than 1,800 radio stations, updated continuously 24 hours daily. Mediabase produces historic and current airplay data for U.S. and Canadian radio stations, satellite radio and music television. Formats monitored include Mainstream Top 40, Rhythmic, Mainstream Rock, Active Rock, Modern Rock, Classic Rock, Triple A, Country, Oldies, AC, Hot AC, Urban, Urban AC, Smooth AC, Christian AC, Gospel and Latin. In addition to providing vital airplay information to radio stations in the U.S. and Canada, Mediabase provides information to every major record label and distributor, as well as concert promoters, artists, managers, music publishers, movie studios, video game developers and more. Mediabase charts are published weekly in USA Today, and are used on nearly all radio countdown shows and dozens of websites and magazines.

About Pollstar

Pollstar is the only trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry. It has been supplying in-depth information to every professional concert promoter, booking agent, artist manager, facility executive and every other entity involved in the live entertainment business for more than 25 years. Pollstar gets its information primarily from the agents, managers and promoters who are producing concerts. It employs a staff of more than 25 full-time professionals who do nothing except research and build their tour database.

About Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI)

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and pro members spans the United States and six other countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.





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