Initial Nominees Announced for People’s Choice Awards

Several country artists have made their way onto the initial list of nominees for the 2012 People’s Choice Awards. First-round nominees for favorite country artist are Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band. The all-genre favorite male artist category finds Urban, Chesney and Shelton up against artists like Eminem, Justin Bieber and Kanye West. In the favorite female artist field, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift face off against pop stars Adele, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and others. For overall favorite album of the year, Eric Church’s Chief, Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night and Shelton’s Red River Blue are nominated alongside titles by Adele, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown and Britney Spears, among others. Fan voting is underway on the awards show’s website. The ceremony is set for Jan. 11 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The event will air on CBS.