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CMA Awards Reward Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Other Artists You've Heard of With Nominations


There are about a 100 (give or take a dozen) country music awards ceremonies going on in the near future, so you'll be forgiven if you can't keep them straight. The newest batch of nominations to be added to the list is the American Country Awards, which will air on December 10 from Las Vegas, hosted by NASCAR driver Danica Patrick and musician Trace Adkins.

Taylor Swift leads all performers with eight nominations, and both Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line have seven nominations each.

Five nominees have been put up for Artist of The Year, the show's main attraction: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. Of course, only two of the nominees have actually released an album within a year of the ceremony's date (Bryan and Shelton).

At least three of the albums up for Album of The Year were released within, you know, the actual confines of the year, including Shelton's Based on A True Story..., The Band Perry's Pioneer and Tim McGraw's Two Lanes to Freedom.

Of course, considering the inability of neither critically-acclaimed Kacey Musgraves nor supergroup Pistol Annies to get a nomination for any major awards, one might presume that the awards play more as a popularity contest. And wouldn't you know it...fans get to vote for this ceremony! Voting is open at theacas.com until Nov. 12 for all awards except Artist of The Year, which runs through Dec. 7.

At least that ensures there will only be one Artist of The Year, versus CMT giving five different artists its own version of the award. 

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