Young stars lead way at American Country Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - December 5, 2011

The group played its breakthrough hit "If I Die Young" in full for the first time in front of a television audience, and were happy to return this year. The show will be broadcast live Monday night from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Fox.

They're on a nominee list packed with rising stars. Jason Aldean and Zac Brown Band, country music's newest arena-filling acts, lead all nominees with eight each. Thompson Square has seven, followed by The Band Perry and Taylor Swift with six.

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