Hayes and ‘American Idol‘ winner McCreery released their debut albums in 2011 and scored Top 20 singles with ‘Storm Warning’ and ‘I Love You This Big,’ respectively. Gilbert reissued his ‘Halfway to Heaven’ album after signing on to the Valory Music Company roster and landed a No. 1 with ‘Country Must Be Country Wide.’
That the winner is also partially decided by fan votes could help out McCreery, who has a healthy fan base that’s proven again and again they love casting a ballot for the ‘Idol’ winner. Industry professionals also weigh in on the award, which will be handed out on April 1.
Voting for the New Artist of the Year winner begins March 19 at 12PM ET at www.VoteACM.com and wraps up on April 1 at 8PM ET. The 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards are broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
@ACMawards You voted to help decide the final nominees for #ACMs New Artist of the Year & they are: @BrantleyGilbert, @HunterHayes & @ScottyMcCreery!
@ScottyMcCreery Big thanks to everybody who voted and helped me become a top 3 finalist for the ACM New Artist of the Year award! Yall are the best! @ScottyMcCreery Yall can start voting again March 19th-April 1st! Its gonna be a tight race!
BRANTLEY GILBERT, HUNTER HAYES & SCOTTY McCREERY CHOSEN BY COUNTRY FANS AT GACTV.COM AS NOMINEES FOR ACM NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD
ALL THREE TO COMPETE FOR FAN-VOTED AWARD DURING THE LIVE TELECAST OF THE 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS
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Fans Can Vote at VOTEACM.com Starting March 19th
Encino, CA (February 9, 2012) - The Academy of Country Music and Great American Country (GAC) announced today that Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery have been named nominees for this year’s ACM New Artist of the Year Award, which will be given out during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
Voting for New Artist of the Year will take place at www.VoteACM.com beginning March 19, 2012 at 12:00 noon ET/9:00 AM PT and will continue until 5:00 PM PT on Sunday, April 1, 2012 (before the LIVE show starts). The New Artist of the Year final nominees were selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members of the Academy of Country Music. Professional member votes will be combined with fan votes to obtain the winner of the category for the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.
Leading up to the show, fans can watch interviews and exclusive performances with the three nominees on GAC’s “ACM New Artist of the Year” special, premiering Monday, March 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM ET and re-airing multiple times until voting closes on April 1. Additional air times and dates can be found at GACtv.com/ACM.
The winner of the New Artist of the Year category will be awarded on the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
About the ACM New Artist of the Year Nominees:
Scotty McCreery Scotty McCreery's debut album, Clear As Day, was certified platinum in just three months, and he was recently named No. 1 on Billboard magazine's list of Top New Country Artists for 2011. Clear As Day debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts, making him the youngest man in history to open at the top of the all-genre chart with a debut release. It garnered the highest sales of any country solo album released last year and held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart for six weeks. The album's first single, I Love You This Big, has been certified gold, and his current single, The Trouble With Girls, is approaching gold status. He is currently touring as part of Brad Paisley's Virtual Reality Tour 2012 presented by Chevrolet.
Opening acts generally are expected to fire up a crowd. They have a tough job, concert grunt work that involves making sure thousands of music fans in the audience stop chatting and texting and start paying attention to the band on stage. It is, of course, a plus if the opening act also is popular — although, ahem, not as popular as the headliner. But consider all the reasons the upcoming Brad Paisley concert, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the United Spirit Arena, sold out so quickly: ■ Scotty McCreery — He was 17 when he won the 10th season of television’s “American Idol” in May 2011 and then, just weeks after turning 18 in early October, was named New Artist of the Year at the American Country Awards.
Paisley’s current tour with McCreery and The Band Perry opened in a near-blizzard in the Midwest. McCreery, in a brief interview with The A-J, began by saying he’d been engaging in snowball fights that day with the other stars and crew. “I used to love doing this (snowball fights) where I grew up in North Carolina,” he said. McCreery said he feels honored and humbled to be invited to share the stage with such talented artists on his first professional tour. Asked if he had learned one particular thing while participating on “American Idol,” he said having confidence in himself was vital. Reminded that some had questioned whether McCreery had experienced enough life to truly communicate romantic or love-gone-wrong songs at his age, the singer with the deep voice stated simply, “It doesn’t really matter what age you are. Love is love. It either feels good, or it hurts deeply, no matter how old you happen to be.” Meanwhile, a January concert review in the Denver Post said of McCreery: “Wholesome good looks melded with a deep leathery drawl equal one thing in country music: solid gold.”