ACA I still wonder how many award shows we need. But, I think I wonder more about – how much to they actually mean? When we’re bombarded with one award show after the next, seeing all kinds of statues, trophies, and performances; hearing every possible way in the world to say “thank you’… and yet, they keep coming… Do they really mean all that much to the artists?

This one probably does. It’s another show where the fans get to vote. In fact, the winner of each and every one of these awards will be picked by the fans.  The show is the American Country Awards, the ACAs. This is its first year. So we’ll have to see how it goes. Coming to us live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. And of course, televised live from 8-10 p.m. (ET) on FOX.

LA1 - Copy Lady Antebellum and Easton Corbin are leading the nominations list. I can’t believe it was just a year ago that I saw Easton at the Paramount in Bristol, Tenn., doing one of those free, acoustic performances as part of a radio tour. And now, he’s definitely sitting on the top of the world.

Jason11 When I looked over the list of nominees, the first thing I thought of is “What happened to everybody else?” We do have names like Toby Keith, Martina McBride, George Strait and Tim McGraw, as nominees in the Touring Artist of the Year” category. But other than that, most of the people nominated are relatively newcomers to country music.

Here are the nominations:

SU3 Artist of the Year: Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band
Artist of the Year, Male: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban
Artist of the Year, Female: Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood
Artist of the Year, Due or Group: Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band
Jaron and Kevin Fowler 064 Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Artist: Easton Corbin, Danny Gokey, Jaron and The Long Road To Love, Jerrod  Niemann, The Band Perry  (This is totally cool, I have met every one of the artists in this category)
Album of the Year: "Doin’ My Thing," Luke Bryan, "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum, "Revolution," Miranda Lambert, "Haywire," Josh Turner, "Play On," Carrie Underwood
Single of the Year: "Do I," Luke Bryan, "A Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin, "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum, "Gimme That Girl," Joe Nichols, "Why Don’t We Just Dance," Josh Turner 
Single of the Year, Male: "Do I," Luke Bryan "Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin, "That’s How Country Boys Roll," Billy Currington, "Gimme That Girl," Joe Nichols, "Why Don’t We Just Dance," Josh Turner
Single of the Year, Female: "White Liar," Miranda Lambert, "Wrong Baby Wrong," Martina McBride, "Consider Me Gone," Reba McEntire, "Didn’t Know How Much I Loved You," Kellie Luke BryanPickler, "Cowboy Casanova," Carrie Underwood
Single of the Year, Duo or Group: "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum, "Little White Church," Little Big Town, "Unstoppable," Rascal Flatts, "Keep On Lovin’ You," Steel Magnolia, "Toes," Zac Brown Band
Single of the Year, Breakthrough Artist: "Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin, "Pray for You," Jaron and The Long Road To Love, "Lover, Lover," Jerrod Niemann, "Keep on Lovin’ You," Steel Magnolia, "Beer on the Table," Josh Thompson
Touring Artist of the Year: Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Martina McBride & Trace Adkins, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait & Reba McEntire, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood
Mallar and Easton 136 Music Video, Male: "A Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin, "Southern Voice," Tim McGraw, "Hillbilly Bone," Blake Shelton with Trace Adkins, "Why Don’t We Just Dance," Josh Turner, "The Man I Want To Be," Chris Young
Music Video, Female: "White Liar," Miranda Lambert, "Consider Me Gone," Reba McEntire, "Didn’t Know How Much I Loved You," Kellie Pickler, "Cowboy Casanova," Carrie Underwood, "Work Hard, Play Harder," Gretchen Wilson
Music Video, Duo or Group : "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum, "Little White Church," Little Big Town, "Unstoppable," Rascal Flatts, "Keep on Lovin’ You," Steel Magnolia, "Highway 20 Ride," Zac Brown Band
Music Video, Breakthrough Artist : "Giddy On Up," Laura Bell Bundy, "A Little More Country Than That," Easton Corbin, "Lover, Lover," Jerrod Niemann, "Keep on Lovin’ You," Steel Magnolia, "If I Die Young," The Band Perry

Remember, these are all fan-voted awards, and here’s where you need to go to vote: Vote

It’s about time for me to get that turkey ready to go in the oven. I hope all of you have a great Thanksgiving! Talk to you all soon!
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I still wonder how many award shows we need. But, I think I wonder more about – how much to they actually mean? When we’re bombarded with one award show after the next, seeing all kinds of statues, trophies, and performances; hearing every possible way in the world...