Luke Bryan Leads American Country Countdown Awards Noms

Luke Bryan’s career keeps on establishing new benchmarks for others to aspire to.  The country star has snagged nominations in seven categories for the 2016 American County Countdown Awards happening next month in Southern California.

Taking place at The Forum in Inglewood May 1, the American Country Countdown Awards will be the first country music awards show airing live from L.A. in more than 10 years, at least for parts of the country.  Although Fox Television airs the event live at 8 p.m. EDT, West Coast viewers must settle for a three-hour delay.  The show is produced by dick clark productions.

Bryan is closely followed by newcomer Sam Hunt with five nominations. Bryan’s nominations include Artist Of The Year, Male Vocalist Of The Year, Album Of The Year for Kill The Lights, Digital Song Of The Year for “Kick The Dust Up,” and Touring Artist Of The Year.  Bryan received two nominations for Song Of The Year, picking up one for his “Strip It Down” and another for “Home Alone Tonight” featuring .

Hunt’s five noms are for Artist Of The Year, Male Vocalist Of The Year, Breakthrough Male Of The Year, and Album Of The Year and Digital Album Of The Year for Montevallo,

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MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.

Thomas Rhett and Zac Brown Band each received four noms while Florida Georgia Line has been nominated in three categories.  Other nominees include Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Dan + Shay, Cam, Old Dominion, Miranda Lambert and Jana Kramer.

But wait!  There’s more.  Country mega-star and multi-category finalist Carrie Underwood has been added to the list of performers, joining Florida Georgia Line and Rhett on the evening’s entertainment lineup.

Unlike the CMAs, ACMS and other alphabet-based awards shows, the American Country Countdown Awards is based on country music’s longest running radio countdown show, “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.”  Finalists and winners of all categories are chosen based on radio airplay charts, sales and streaming data provided by BuzzAngle Music from April 1, 2015 to March 28, 2016, and touring data provided by Pollstar.

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The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Miss.

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