Sunday, March 18, 2012

Strait Meets Scotty McCreery

Last month, George Strait made a surprise appearance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for his longtime record label MCA. Also present that day was American Idol winner Scotty McCreery. Scotty performed several Strait hits during the Idol competition. George told Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton he enjoyed meeting the Idol winner: “I met him before the label showcase. I wish him all the best. It sounds like he’s got everything going on for him. Winning that accomplishment is quite an accomplishment. I can only imagine what his days are like. He told me he was still trying to graduate high school.”

On the Idol finale, Scotty performed “Check Yes Or No,” as chosen for him by George. Lon asked Strait about that. “I think I was fishing at the time when they wanted me to pick a song for him for the finale, and I thought he did a great job on it. I thought it would fit him at that age.”

Tune In Reminder: ACM New Artist of the Year Showcase

The Band Perry hosts an in-depth, exclusive look at this year's fan-voted nominees for the 2012 ACM New Artist of the Year. Get to know Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery as these three newcomers give you a taste of their music and personality during performances and interviews.

March 19, 2012 9:00 PM ET

March 20, 2012 1:00 AM ET
March 20, 2012 11:00 AM ET
March 20, 2012 3:00 PM ET

March 21, 2012 10:00 PM ET

ACM New Artist of The Year Voting Starts March 19th


You know who you love….the one who rocked your world…put on the best concert ever….sang the hits that made you smile. The Academy wants you to help YOUR favorite artist take home a shiny ACM trophy!

Come back here on Monday, March 19th at Noon ET/9 a.m. PT to VOTE for Entertainer of the Year and New Artist of the Year! Then, watch the 47th ACM Awards on CBS Sunday, April 1st to see who wins. It's that simple!

Tell your friends, and we'll see you here on March 19th!!