It should come as no surprise that an award show where the fans get to vote would be a great platform for "American Idol" graduates to shine. At the American Country Awards, they do. In fact, the first year the awards were presented, Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood won six of the guitar awards, all for which she was nominated. She added three more -- out of four nominations -- in 2011. And she's looking to add four more to her total on Monday evening at the 3rd annual ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Oklahoma singer is nominated for Female Artist of the Year, an award she has yet to lose. She and her CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley are nominated for Single by a Vocal Collaboration for their duet "Remind Me." And the song "Good Girl," from her platinum-selling Blown Away album, received two nods, for Single by a Female Artist and Music Video by a Female Artist.
Of the 21 awards that will handed out live at the Mandalay Bay Casino on Fox Television, Underwood's four nods are two-thirds of the "Idol" alum total at the show.
Season 10 runner-up, Lauren Alaina, is one of the nominees for New Artist of the Year.
Season 9 third-placer Casey James' first hit single, "Let's Don't Call It A Night," is up for Music Video by a New Artist.
"American Idol" alums have had a good run on the American Country Awards. In the 2010 edition, Season 5 finalist Kellie Pickler was nominated for two awards. Unfortunately for her, she was nominated in categories that Underwood was in.
In 2011, all the other former "Idol" finalists nominated for awards won their respective categories. Season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson went home with two guitar trophies due to her popular duet with Jason Aldean, "Don't You Wanna Stay." The song won for Single by a Vocal Collaboration and Music Video by a Duo/Group Collaboration. Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery won New Artist of the Year.
Of course, if you count "Idol" judges, rookie judge Keith Urban is also up for two awards at the 2012 ACAs. His song "For You" is nominated for Music Video by a Male Artist and Video of the Year. That brace of nominations brings the "Idol" associated awards to eight for the 3rd annual event.
The 2012 American Country Awards will be broadcast live from Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas beginning at 8 p.m. (EST) on Monday, Dec. 10.
UPDATE: Underwood won two of the four awards for which she was nominated, Female Artist of the Year and Single by a Vocal Collaboration ("Remind Me," a duet with Brad Paisley). Lauren Alaina became Scotty McCreery's successor in the New Artist category as well. (Click here for a complete recap of the winners at the 2012 American Country Awards.)
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