Going unto Sunday night's American Country Countdown Awards, Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt dominated the finalists 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 related to the genre’s premier radio countdown show, American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.
Bryan, who won male vocalist of the year at the 2014 awards show, is also a performer of the night, along with 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. The ceremony, produced by Dick Clark Prods., took place at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and aired live May 1 on Fox.
A complete list of finalists is below.