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American Country Awards 2013: The Winners List

Every year about this time, I start to feel a little bombarded with country music awards shows. (We just had the CMA Awards, didn’t we?) But the American Country Awards bills itself as “the show for the next generation of country music fans,” and that definitely serves a purpose in this genre by giving fans a chance to vote directly for their favorites online.

Tuesday night, as Trace Adkins and Danica Patrick co-hosted the awards show on Fox broadcast live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, the next generation of country fans made their collective voice heard loud and clear—and they want more Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, thankyouverymuch. In fact, proving that this year in country music has been dominated by young(ish) guys singing about hot girls and pickup trucks, the men listed above collectively swept all but a handful of the evening’s awards—Florida Georgia Line with 6, Blake Shelton with 4, and Luke Bryan with 3. In fact, only three female solo artists walked away with awards (Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood), and two of those awards were in female-only categories. Swift, who had actually led the nominees list with eight nominations, took home only one for herself (Worldwide Artist of the Year) and two for her participation on Tim McGraw’s hit single “Highway Don’t Care.”

If you want to know specifics, here’s the complete winners list:


Artist of the Year:  Luke Bryan
Artist of the Year–Male
:  Luke Bryan
Artist of the Year–Female
Miranda Lambert
Artist of the Year–Duo or Group
: Lady Antebellum
Artist of the Year–Breakthrough Artist
Scotty McCreery
Artist of the Year–New Artist
:  Florida Georgia Line
Album of the Year
Based On a True Story…, Blake Shelton
Single of the Year:  “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line
Single of the Year–Male
:  “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Blake Shelton
Single of the Year–Female
:  “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Miranda Lambert
Single of the Year–Duo/Group: “Downtown,” Lady Antebellum
Single of the Year–Breakthrough Artist:  “I Drive Your Truck,” Lee Brice
Single of the Year–New Artist:  “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line
Single of the Year–Vocal Collaboration: 
“Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Touring Artist of the Year: 
Luke Bryan
Music Video of the Year: 
“Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Blake Shelton
Music Video of the Year—Male:  “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” Blake Shelton
Music Video of the Year–Female:  “Blown Away,” Carrie Underwood
Music Video of the Year–New Artist:  “Cruise,” Florida Georgia Line
Music Video of the Year–Group or Collaboration
:  “Highway Don’t Care,” Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Song of the Year: “Highway Don’t Care,” Mark Irwin, Josh Kear, Brad Warren and Brett Warren – Recorded by Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban
Video Visionary Award:  
Brad Paisley
Worldwide Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift

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About the Author


Music blogger Rob Burkhardt has been a fan of country music since he was a child, cutting his teeth on the sounds of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Reba McIntyre and George Jones. In the words of the now-legendary Barbara Mandrell song, he was "country when country wasn't cool." Nowadays, Rob is both intrigued and excited about the mainstream crossover appeal of modern country, as seen in the success of artists like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. Even so, Rob's personal tastes in country music remain "old school," tied to the great legends of country. When he's not blogging about country music, Rob Burkhardt holds a day job as a middle school teacher, and is an avid sports fan. He lives with his wife and two teenage girls in southern Ohio.

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