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Inaugural American Country Awards Announces First Round Of Performers

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The new country awards show on the block, the American Country Awards--which will make its debut in Las Vegas December 6--seems to be setting off on the right foot (or would that be boot?). The first round of performers for the program has been announced, and sounds nearly as packed full of A-listers as any established ceremony on the block.

First off, the performance list includes steaming-hot commodity Blake Shelton, fresh off his Opry induction and a very triumphant CMA Awards 2010 with fiancee Miranda Lambert. Considering how "it" Blake is considered these days, that alone would be enough of a teaser; however, the ACAs have also confirmed Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, and Josh Turner as well. And there's more to be announced in the coming days. Sounds like a pretty good start to me--especially considering this is a brand-new awards ceremony. 

The show also is parading an impressive list of artists who will be making "appearances"--with names including Lady Antebellum (who are nominated for seven awards that night), Bret Michaels, and Jewel.

The American Country Awards are priding themselves as the first major-network country music awards show to be completely fan-voted. This isn't a new concept in and of itself (the CMT Awards, which far predate the ACAs, have always been fan-voted as well), but the ACAs are experimenting with recognizing new categories such as touring. Whether or not the show will actually stand out of the already pretty full country-awards circuit as anything particularly special is up for debate. I'll be checking it out to see how and what it does, but am reserving judgement until then. (Don't let my discretion keep you quiet, though--I'd love to know what you are all thinking about this.)

The ACAs will air live from the MGM Grand Hotel on FOX December 6 at 8 p.m. ET. Voting for most categories is closed; however, you can still vote for the Artist of the Year award (your choice: Lady A, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, or the Zac Brown Band) up until December 4.

Will you be watching the ACAs in a few weeks? As I mentioned before--be sure to let me know your thoughts!

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