Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift Lead 2011 American Country Awards Nominations
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Aldean scores a whopping of eight nods along with Zac Brown Band, while Swift who gets six is overshadowed by Thompson Square with seven.

AceShowbiz - The 2nd annual American Music Awards has just unveiled its nominees. %cJason Aldean% leads the pack with a total of eight nods along with %cZac Brown Band%. New act %cThompson Square% follow with seven nominations, and %cTaylor Swift%, along with another newcomer %cThe Band Perry%, trail behind the husband/wife duo with six each.

Aldean, %cZac Brown% and Swift battle each other to win Artist of the Year along with %cKenny Chesney% and %cLady Antebellum%. Aldean and Chesney additionally bump into one another in Male Artist of the Year which also lists %cLuke Bryan%, %cBrad Paisley% and %cBlake Shelton% among the contenders.

Zac Brown and Lady A are dueling in Duo or Group Artist of the Year, joining the Band Perry, %cSugarland% and %cRascal Flatts%. Swift, meanwhile, is one of the strong contenders for Female Artist of the Year. To win the award, she has to beat the likes of %cSara Evans%, %cAlison Krauss%, %cMiranda Lambert% and %cCarrie Underwood%.

Although Thompson miss the top honor nod, the duo still have a chance to take home an Artist of the Year trophy in New Artist category. They are facing off the Band Perry, %cJerrod Niemann%, %cMiranda Lambert%'s newly-formed group %cPistol Annies%, and "American Idol" winner %cScotty McCreery% who recently made Billboard Hot 200 history.

Aldean gets his third nomination in Album of the Year, thanks to his latest effort "My Kinda Party". He is going head to head once again with Zac Brown ("You Get What You Give"), Swift ("Speak Now"), Chesney ("Hemingway's Whiskey") and Paisley ("This Is Country Music"). %cKeith Urban% joins them in the battle through "Get Closer".

None of those six nominees receive a nod in Single of the Year though, except for Zac Brown. The band are vying for the prize through their duet with %cAlan Jackson% in "As She's Walking Away". In this category, they face off %cBilly Currington% ("Let Me Down Easy"), %cTim McGraw% ("Felt Good on My Lips"), Thompson ("Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"), and %cChris Young% ("Voices").

Aldean receives the rest of his nods in Single of the Year: Male, Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration, Touring Headline Act of the Year, Music Video: Male, and Music Video: Duo, Group or Collaboration. Swift, meanwhile, makes up her six nominations in Single of the Year: Female, Touring Headline Act of the Year, and Music Video: Female.

Winners will be determined via fans voting which opens on the ACA official website starting October 13 until November 11. Voting for the Artist of the Year category, however, will run until December 2, three days before the star-studded gala which will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. %cTrace Adkins% and %cKristin Chenoweth% are tapped to host.

Artist of the Year:

  • %cJason Aldean%
  • %cKenny Chesney%
  • %cLady Antebellum%
  • %cTaylor Swift%
  • %cZac Brown Band%
Artist of the Year: Male
  • %cJason Aldean%
  • %cLuke Bryan%
  • %cKenny Chesney%
  • %cBrad Paisley%
  • %cBlake Shelton%
Artist of the Year: Female
  • %cSara Evans%
  • %cAlison Krauss%
  • %cMiranda Lambert%
  • %cTaylor Swift%
  • %cCarrie Underwood%
Artist of the Year: Duo or Group
  • %cThe Band Perry%
  • %cLady Antebellum%
  • %cRascal Flatts%
  • %cSugarland%
  • %cZac Brown Band%
Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
  • %cEric Church%
  • %cEli Young Band%
  • %cJustin Moore%
  • %cJake Owen%
  • %cChris Young%
Artist of the Year: New Artist
  • %cThe Band Perry%
  • %cScotty McCreery%
  • %cJerrod Niemann%
  • %cPistol Annies%
  • %cThompson Square%
Album of the Year: Single of the Year:
  • %cBilly Currington% - "Let Me Down Easy"
  • %cTim McGraw% - "Felt Good on My Lips"
  • %cThompson Square% - "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"
  • %cChris Young% - "Voices"
  • %cZac Brown Band% with %cAlan Jackson% - "As She's Walking Away"
Single of the Year: Male
  • %cJason Aldean% - "My Kinda Party"
  • %cLuke Bryan% - "Someone Else Calling You Baby"
  • %cBilly Currington% - "Let Me Down Easy"
  • %cTim McGraw% - "Felt Good on My Lips"
  • %cChris Young% - "Voices"
Single of the Year: Female
  • %cSara Evans% - "A Little Bit Stronger"
  • %cMiranda Lambert% - "Heart Like Mine"
  • %cReba McEntire% - "Turn on the Radio"
  • %cTaylor Swift% - "Mean"
  • %cCarrie Underwood% - "Mama's Song"
Single of the Year: Duo or Group
  • %cThe Band Perry% - "You Lie"
  • %cRascal Flatts% - "Why Wait"
  • %cSugarland% - "Stuck Like Glue"
  • %cThompson Square% - "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"
  • %cZac Brown Band% - "Colder Weather"
Single of the Year: New Artist
  • %cThe Band Perry% - "You Lie"
  • %cCraig Campbell% - "Family Man"
  • %cThe JaneDear Girls% - "Wildflower"
  • %cJerrod Niemann% - "What Do You Want"
  • %cThompson Square% - "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"
Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration
  • %cJason Aldean% and %cKelly Clarkson% - "Don't You Wanna Stay"
  • %cKenny Chesney% ft. %cGrace Potter% - "You and Tequila"
  • %cBrad Paisley% and %cAlabama% - "Old Alabama"
  • %cZac Brown Band% and %cJimmy Buffet% - "Knee Deep"
  • %cZac Brown Band% with %cAlan Jackson% - "As She's Walking Away"
Touring Headline Act of the Year:
  • %cJason Aldean%
  • %cKenny Chesney%
  • %cToby Keith%
  • %cTim McGraw%
  • %cBrad Paisley%
  • %cRascal Flatts%
  • %cGeorge Strait%
  • %cTaylor Swift%
  • %cCarrie Underwood%
  • %cKeith Urban%
Music Video of the Year:
  • %cSara Evans% - "A Little Bit Stronger"
  • %cJerrod Niemann% - "What Do You Want"
  • %cBlake Shelton% - "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"
  • %cThompson Square% - "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"
  • %cJosh Turner% - "I Wouldn't Be a Man"
Music Video: Male
  • %cJason Aldean% - "My Kinda Party"
  • %cJerrod Niemann% - "What Do You Want"
  • %cBlake Shelton% - "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking"
  • %cJosh Turner% - "I Wouldn't Be a Man"
  • %cKeith Urban% - "Put You in a Song"
Music Video: Female
  • %cSara Evans% - "A Little Bit Stronger"
  • %cReba McEntire% - "Turn on the Radio"
  • %cAshton Shepherd% - "Look It Up"
  • %cTaylor Swift% - "Back to December"
  • %cCarrie Underwood% - "Mama's Song"
Music Video: Duo, Group or Collaboration
  • %cJason Aldean% and %cKelly Clarkson% - "Don't You Wanna Stay"
  • %cThe Band Perry% - "You Lie"
  • %cLady Antebellum% - "Hello World"
  • %cThompson Square% - "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"
  • %cZac Brown Band% with %cAlan Jackson% - "As She's Walking Away"
Music Video: New Artist
  • %cThe Band Perry% - "You Lie"
  • %cCraig Campbell% - "Family Man"
  • %cBrett Eldredge% - "Raymond"
  • %cJerrod Niemann% - "What Do You Want"
  • %cThompson Square% - "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not"

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