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Introducing the American Country Awards: Meet the ACA nominees

Sasha Perl-Raver is an entertainment journalist living in Los Angeles who has covered the industry for almost a decade.

American Country Awards noms out!

The American Country Awards have announced their nominees, but you may be asking: What are the American Country Awards?

Taylor Swift

Try to keep up with us on this one. You know how there are the Grammys and the American Music Awards? Well, country music wasn't satisfied with a few categories in the bigger award shows, so they created the ACMs, the CMAs and the CMT Awards.

The A is for American or Awards, the C is for Country, the M is for Music and the letters move around in a few different orders. Knowing that, do you want to guess what the new ACAs celebrate?

The newly minted American Country Awards are kind of like the People's Choice Awards, where all the winners are decided by fan votes.

If only Twilight put out a country album.

Voting begins today and continues through November 8, but the show, set to air on Fox, doesn't take place until December 6 when you can expect to see all the usual suspects from the CMAs, ACMs and CMTs walking the ACA's Las Vegas red carpet.

Going through the list of nominees (which you'll find below), we noticed something we think is pretty awesome -- most of this year's biggest marquee names belong to women: Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland (technically they're a duo, but Jennifer Nettles is the lead singer), Jewel and, of course, Miss Reba McEntire.

ACA nominees

Here are the nominees for the first ever American Country Awards:

Artist of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Miranda Lambert
Taylor Swift
Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood
Zac Brown Band

Artist of the Year: Male
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Keith Urban

Artist of the Year: Female
Jewel
Miranda Lambert
Reba McEntire
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

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

Artist of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
Easton Corbin
Danny Gokey
Jaron and The Long Road To Love
Jerrod Niemann
The Band Perry

Album of the Year
Miranda LambertDoin' My Thing, Luke Bryan
Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Revolution, Miranda Lambert
Haywire, Josh Turner
Play On, Carrie Underwood

Single of the Year
Do I, Luke Bryan
A Little More Country Than That, Easton Corbin
Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Gimme That Girl, Joe Nichols
Why Don't We Just Dance, Josh Turner

Single of the Year: Male
Do I, Luke Bryan
A Little More Country Than That, Easton Corbin
That's How Country Boys Roll, Billy Currington
Gimme That Girl, Joe Nichols
Why Don't We Just Dance, Josh Turner

Single of the Year: Female
White Liar, Miranda Lambert
Wrong Baby Wrong, Martina McBride
Consider Me Gone, Reba McEntire
Didn't Know How Much I Loved You, Kellie Pickler
Cowboy Casanova, Carrie Underwood

Single of the Year: Duo or Group
Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Little White Church, Little Big Town
Unstoppable, Rascal Flatts
Keep On Lovin' You, Steel Magnolia
Toes, Zac Brown Band

Single of the Year: Breakthrough Artist
A Little More Country Than That, Easton Corbin
Pray for You, Jaron and The Long Road To Love
Lover, Lover, Jerrod Niemann
Keep on Lovin' You, Steel Magnolia
Beer on the Table, Josh Thompson

Touring Headline Package of the Year
Brooks & Dunn
Toby Keith
Martina McBride & Trace Adkins
Tim McGraw
Brad Paisley
Rascal Flatts
George Strait & Reba McEntire
Sugarland
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Music Video of the Year
A Little More Country Than That, Easton Corbin
Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Hillbilly Bone, Blake Shelton with Trace Adkins
Why Don't We Just Dance, Josh Turner
The Man I Want To Be, Chris Young

Music Video: Male
A Little More Country Than That, Easton Corbin
Southern Voice, Tim McGraw
Hillbilly Bone, Blake Shelton with Trace Adkins
Why Don't We Just Dance, Josh Turner
The Man I Want To Be, Chris Young

Music Video: Female
Keith UrbanWhite Liar, Miranda Lambert
Consider Me Gone, Reba McEntire
Didn't Know How Much I Loved You, Kellie Pickler
Cowboy Casanova, Carrie Underwood
Work Hard, Play Harder, Gretchen Wilson

Music Video: Duo or Group
Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Little White Church, Little Big Town
Unstoppable, Rascal Flatts
Keep on Lovin' You, Steel Magnolia
Highway 20 Ride, Zac Brown Band

Music Video: Breakthrough Artist
Giddy On Up, Laura Bell Bundy
A Little More Country Than That, Easton Corbin
Lover, Lover, Jerrod Niemann
Keep on Lovin' You, Steel Magnolia
If I Die Young, The Band Perry

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