WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR INAUGURAL "AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS"
JASON ALDEAN NAMED ARTIST OF THE YEAR;
HOSTS FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE AND LUKE BRYAN
EACH SCORE THREE AWARDS
KENNY CHESNEY RECIPIENT OF GROUNDBREAKER AWARD;
REBA PRESENTED WITH NASH ICON AWARD
NASHVILLE, TN. (Monday, December 15) - Winners have been announced for the star-studded inaugural AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS which aired LIVE tonight on FOX from Nashville's Music City Center. Jason Aldean was named Artist of the Year, while hosts Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan scored the most awards of the evening with three each.
Florida Georgia Line won Group/Duo of the Year and won two additional awards for "This Is How We Roll" featuring Luke Bryan in the categories of Digital Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year. Bryan was also awarded Male Vocalist of the Year.
Miranda Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year and performed the title track from her hit album, "Platinum." Eric Church's "The Outsiders" was named Album of the Year and Kip Moore won Breakthrough Artist of the Year Presented by Samsung Galaxy(R), the only fan-voted award of the night. Song of The Year went to "Beat of The Music" from hit maker Brett Eldredge, who also performed the awarding-winning song on the telecast.
Kenny Chesney performed "Til It's Gone," and was then presented with the Groundbreaker Award from actor and friend Vince Vaughn. The Groundbreaker Award recognizes an artist who has consistently pushed the boundaries and is a trailblazer in the realm of concerts, musical accomplishment, creative innovation and connecting with fans across the United States.
Multi-media entertainer Reba was the recipient of the first-ever NASH Icon Award, presented by longtime friend and radio host Kix Brooks. Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert paid tribute to Reba by performing "How Blue," "Take it Back" and "Fancy." The NASH Icon Award celebrates an iconic artist whose extraordinary talent has influenced generations of musicians.
Following is the list of winners in the 11 categories for this year's first-ever AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR
Florida Georgia Line
SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to the Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s]
"Beat of The Music" - Brett Eldredge; Songwriters: Brett Eldredge, Ross Copperman, Heather Morgan; Publishers: Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville
BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR
"This Is How We Roll" - Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]
"The Outsiders" - Eric Church; Producer: Jay Joyce; Record Label: EMI Nashville
DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR
"This Is How We Roll" - Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan
NASH ICON AWARD
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AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS finalists and winners, other than Breakthrough Artist of the Year, are determined based on statistics and radio airplay charts from Nov. 1, 2013-Oct. 31, 2014. The finalists for Album of the Year were based on album sales from SoundScan and the finalists for Artist of the Year were based on a combination of Mediabase airplay, digital data provided by Big Champagne and tour information from Pollstar. All other award categories were made up of those with the largest audience reach, according to Mediabase.
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