American Country Countdown Awards: The Complete List of Finalists

8:38 AM 4/12/2016

by Keely Wold

The awards will be handed out May 1 on Fox.

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Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt dominate the finalists for the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards with mentions in seven and five categories, respectively. Both were nominated twice at the recent ACM Awards, but neither brought home a trophy.

However, unlike the ACM nominees and winners, which are chosen by the Academy of Country Music’s members, the ACCA finalists are determined by airplay, sales and streaming data taken from the period of April 1, 2015, through March 28, 2016.

Bryan, who won male vocalist of the year at the 2014 awards show, is slated to perform this year. Other performers include  female vocalist of the year finalist Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Cam, Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Sam Hunt, Martina McBride and Cole Swindell.

The ACCAs are the first country music awards show to air live from Los Angeles in more than 10 years. Los Angeles-based country fans (or those willing to travel) can still buy tickets for the show, which will be at the Forum. The show is set to air live May 1 from 8-10 p.m. on Fox.

A complete list of finalists is below.

  • Artist of the Year

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    Blake Shelton
    Florida Georgia Line
    Jason Aldean
    Luke Bryan
    Sam Hunt

  • Male Vocalist of the Year

    Blake Shelton
    Jason Aldean
    Luke Bryan
    Sam Hunt
    Thomas Rhett

  • Female Vocalist of the Year

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    Cam
    Carrie Underwood
    Jana Kramer
    Kelsea Ballerini
    Miranda Lambert

  • Group/Duo of the Year

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    A Thousand Horses
    Dan + Shay
    Florida Georgia Line
    Old Dominion
    Zac Brown Band

  • Breakthrough Male of the Year

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    Chris Janson
    Michael Ray
    Sam Hunt

  • Breakthrough Female of the Year

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    Cam
    Jana Kramer
    Kelsea Ballerini

  • Breakthrough Group/Duo of the Year

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    A Thousand Horses
    Dan + Shay
    Old Dominion

  • Song of the Year

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    “Stay A Little Longer” – Brothers Osborne
    “Home Alone Tonight” – Luke Bryan featuring Karen Fairchild
    “Strip It Down” – Luke Bryan
    “Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett
    “Homegrown” – Zac Brown Band

  • Album of the Year

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    Storyteller – Carrie Underwood
    Traveller – Chris Stapleton
    Kill The Lights – Luke Bryan
    Montevallo – Sam Hunt
    Jekyll + Hyde – Zac Brown Band

  • Digital Song of the Year

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    Girl Crush” – Little Big Town
    “Kick The Dust Up” – Luke Bryan
    “Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett

  • Digital Album of the Year

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    Anything Goes – Florida Georgia Line
    Montevallo – Sam Hunt
    Tangled Up – Thomas Rhett

  • Touring Artist of the Year

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    Garth Brooks
    Kenny Chesney
    Luke Bryan
    Shania Twain
    Zac Brown Band

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