The nominations are out for the "2012 American Country Awards" . . . and LUKE BRYAN is your top dog with seven nominations . . . mostly thanks to his song "I Don't Want this Night to End", which picked up four nods on its own.

Right behind Luke with six nominations apiece are LADY ANTEBELLUM and the ZAC BROWN BAND . . . and then ERIC CHURCH and TAYLOR SWIFT each have five nominations.

This is a fan-voted awards show, so they're asking you to pick the winners.  You can vote once a day from now until November 12th . . . except in the Artist of the Year category.  You can vote on that one until December 7th.

You can cast your vote at theacas.com.  You will have to give up your email.

The very tall TRACE ADKINS and very tiny KRISTIN CHENOWETH are returning as your hosts.  The show airs December 10th at 8:00 P.M. on Fox.