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WINNERS OF SECOND ANNUAL “AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS” ANNOUNCED

Jason Aldean Earns Six Awards;
Carrie Underwood and Thompson Square Each Win Three Awards

Toby Keith Honored with Artist of the Decade Award

Two-Hour Special Featured Performances by Co-Hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, Alabama, Toby Keith, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Pistol Annies, Blake Shelton, Thompson Square and Chris Young

NASHVILLE, TN -- (December 5, 2011) -- The following performers were honored today at the second annual AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS broadcast live on FOX from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Fans logged on to www.theacas.com to cast votes in support of their favorite country music artists. The awards include traditional categories, as well as previously unrecognized areas of the business such as touring, encompassing the entire spectrum of country music and bestowing honors that no other awards show has.

With three wins this year, plus six last year, Underwood has earned the most ACA honors of any artist. Aldean’s six awards this year rank him as the male artist with the most honors, and Lady Antebellum’s win as Group of the Year, plus four awards last year, make it the group with the most ACA honors.

Cable channel Great American Country (GAC) will rebroadcast the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS on Saturday, Dec. 17 (10:00 PM-Midnight ET).

AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS winners include:

ARTISTS
Artist of the Year
Jason Aldean

Artist of the Year: Male
Brad Paisley

Artist of the Year: Female
Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Group
Lady Antebellum

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Chris Young

Artist of the Year: New Artist
Scotty McCreery

Album
Album of the Year
Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”

SINGLES
Single of the Year
Chris Young, “Voices”

Single of the Year: Male
Jason Aldean, “My Kinda Party”

Single of the Year: Female
Carrie Underwood, “Mama's Song”

Single of the Year: Group
Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”

Single of the Year: New Artist
Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”

Single of the Year: Vocal Collaboration
Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, “Don't You Wanna Stay”

TOURING
Touring Artist of the Year
Jason Aldean

VIDEOS
Music Video of the Year
Blake Shelton, “Who Are You When I'm Not Looking”

Music Video: Male
Blake Shelton, “Who Are You When I'm Not Looking”

Music Video: Female
Carrie Underwood, “Mama's Song”

Music Video: Group or Collaboration
Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”

Music Video: New Artist
Thompson Square, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not”

GREATEST HITS AWARD
Alabama

ARTIST OF THE DECADE AWARD
Toby Keith

AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS is executive-produced by Bob Bain (TEEN CHOICE AWARDS, “Kids’ Choice Awards”). Fletcher Foster, Paul Flattery and Tisha Fein serve as producers; and Greg Sills is supervising producer. Michael Dempsey directed the special.

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