Airing Live Sunday, May 1, on FOX
Luke Bryan leads with seven categories; multi-category finalist Carrie Underwood set to perform
Finalists for the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards were announced today. Country superstar Luke Bryan dominates the list with seven category nods, followed by newcomer Sam Hunt with five, Thomas Rhett and Zac Brown Band each with four, and Florida Georgia Line with three.
Additionally, megastar and multi-category finalist Carrie Underwood has been added as a performer, joining previously announced performers Florida Georgia Line and Rhett.
The American Country Countdown Awards are based on country music's longest-running radio countdown show, "American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks," which has recognized the best in country radio for more than 40 years.
This year's host and additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.
The 2016 American Country Countdown Awards will air live from the Forum in Los Angeles Sunday, May 1 (8-10 p.m. ET live), on FOX. The two-hour event is the first country music awards show to air live from Los Angeles in more than 10 years.
Tickets for the American Country Countdown Awards at the Forum are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com.
Underwood emerged from her 2005 "American Idol" win to become a true multiformat, multimedia artist, spanning achievements in music, television and film. A seven-time Grammy Award winner, she has amassed more than 100 major honors, sold 58 million records worldwide and recorded 23 No. 1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that has been streamed more than 1.5 billion times worldwide. She is a finalist in two categories for the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards: Female Vocalist Of The Year and Album Of The Year (for "Storyteller").
In addition to Underwood, A Thousand Horses, Blake Shelton, Cam, Dan + Shay, Jana Kramer, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, and Old Dominion each were named finalists in two categories. Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson, Chris Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Karen Fairchild, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Michael Ray and Miranda Lambert also received nods.
Below are the finalists for the 2016 American Country Countdown Awards:
Artist Of The Year
Male Vocalist Of The Year
Female Vocalist Of The Year
Group/Duo Of The Year
Breakthrough Male Of The Year
Breakthrough Female Of The Year
Breakthrough Group/Duo Of The Year
Song Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Digital Song Of The Year
Digital Album Of The Year
Touring Artist Of The Year
American Country Countdown Awards finalists and winners for all categories are based on radio airplay charts, sales and streaming data from April 1, 2015, to March 28, 2016, provided by BuzzAngle Music. Touring data is from Pollstar "The Concert Hotwire." The NASH Icon Award is chosen by The American Country Countdown.