ACM Announces Nominees For 'Top New' Categories
January 27, 2010 at 10:30 AM (PT)
The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC and GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY announced the nominees for the three newcomer categories TODAY (01/27) for the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. As previously announced, the "Top New Solo Vocalist" category will take the place of the "Top New Male Vocalist" and "Top New Female Vocalist" categories.
All three categories will be opened up to interactive fan voting through www.voteacm.com. Professional member votes will be combined with fan votes to obtain the winners in each category.
Fan voting for these three categories will begin on FEBRUARY 26th and will close on MARCH 12th. The winner in each category will be announced in mid-MARCH and will move on to compete for "Top New Artist." Voting for the "Top New Artist" category will begin at http://www.voteacm.com on APRIL 1st and will close on APRIL 18th, with the winner being announced live on CBS-TV during the 45th Annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.
Here are the nominees for the "Top New" categories:
TOP NEW SOLO VOCALIST
TOP NEW VOCAL DUO
JOEY & RORY
TOP NEW VOCAL GROUP
ELI YOUNG BAND
THE LOST TRAILERS
GAC will air stand-alone specials, including a show featuring all the nominees from each of the three categories, as well as a show featuring the three winners who will compete for overall "Top New Artist". The first special will be hosted by JAKE OWEN and will premier on FEBRUARY 2th at 10p (ET). On MARCH 23rd, GAC will tape a second special to announce the winner in each category and present the three awards. The special will premier on APRIL 1st at 10p (ET).
BOB ROMEO, Executive Director of the ACM said: “The ACADEMY’s partnership with GAC last year brought a lot of new faces to the forefront of country fans minds, and we hope to build on that success, exposing a brand new slate of newcomers to GAC viewers."
A complete list of nominees for the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS will be announced in FEBRUARY.
For more information on the ACM, visit www.acmcountry.com.