The American Country Awards nominations were just announced and the Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean lead the pack with eight nominations.  This is the second annual for this particular award show; Trace Adkins has been invited back as host along with Kristin Chenoweth.   The show airs December 5th on FOX.

Here are the nominees in the top categories:

Artist of the Year: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year—Male: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton

Artist of the Year—Female: Sara Evans, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year—Duo or Group: The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year—Breakthrough Artist: Eric Church, Eli Young Band, Justin Moore, Jake Owen, Chris Young

Artist of the Year—New Artist: The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Jerrod Niemann, Pistol Annies, Thompson Square

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