With the business of the season, Christmas shopping to be done, holiday parties to attend, etc. I hope you were able to sit down, relax and enjoy the 1St Annual American Country Countdown awards. And who were the top winners of the night? Luke Bryan and show hosts Florida Georgia Line were among the night’s top winners, taking home three bronzed microphone trophies each, two of them shared for their double platinum-selling “This Is How We Roll” collaboration. (See a full list of winners below.)
Jason Aldean may have been the top prize winner of the evening, beating out FGL and Bryan to win Artist of the Year. All of the awards were decided solely on sales and radio airplay numbers, leaving little to be unexpected for the artists nominated. Although some may say they were surprised by Kip Moore’s well-deserved Breakthrough Artist win.
Actor Vince Vaughn was there to present Kenny Chesney with the Groundbreaker Award, given for his record-setting tours AND his creative feats. Kenny truly has a connection to his vast group of loyal fans. Reba McEntire was also honored with the Nash Icon Award for her four decade-long catalog filled with hits we all have come to know by heart over the years.
Female Vocalist of the Year winner, Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson (Reba’s Step-Daughter-in-Law), performed a musical tribute in honor of McEntire’s hits as the highlight of the evening among many other outstanding and entertaining performances. Carrie Underwood kicked off the evening with singing a medley of her own song, from “Before He Cheats” to “Something in the Water,” both GRAMMY nominated hits.
Here is a complete list of the 2014 American Country Countdown Award Winners (Winners in Bold):
Artist of the Year
Florida Georgia Line
Male Vocalist of the Year
Randy Houser Blake Shelton
Female Vocalist of the Year
Group/Duo of the Year
The Band Perry
Eli Young Band
Florida Georgia Line-Winner!
Zac Brown Band
Song of the Year
‘When She Says Baby,’ Jason Aldean
‘Beat of the Music,’ Brett Eldredge-Winner!
‘Lettin’ the Night Roll,’ Justin Moore
‘Drink To That All Night,’ Jerrod Niemann
‘Chillin’ It,’ Cole Swindell
Collaboration of the Year
‘This Is How We Roll,’ Florida Georgia Line (feat. Luke Bryan) – Winner!
‘Small Town Throwdown,’ Brantley Gilbert (feat. Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett)
‘Meanwhile Back At Mama’s,’ Tim McGraw (feat. Faith Hill)
‘My Eyes,’ Blake Shelton (feat. Gwen Sebastian)
‘We Were Us,’ Keith Urban (feat. Miranda Lambert)
Album of the Year
‘Crash My Party,’ Luke Bryan
The Outsiders,’ Eric Church-Winner!
‘Here’s to the Good Times,’ Florida Georgia Line
‘Just as I Am,’ Brantley Gilbert
‘Platinum,’ Miranda Lambert
Digital Song of the Year
‘Burnin’ It Down,’ Jason Aldean
‘Drink a Beer,’ Luke Bryan
‘Play It Again,’ Luke Bryan
‘Dirt,’ Florida Georgia Line
‘This Is How We Roll,’ Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan-Winner!
Breakthrough Artist of the Year
Congratulations to all the winners AND nominees of the 2014 ACC Awards! Keep doin’ what you’re doin’! Here’s to an even more successful 2015!