ACM Announces Newcomer Categories For 2011 ACM Awards
January 3, 2011 at 11:15 AM (PT)
The ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC (ACM) and GREAT AMERICAN COUNTRY (GAC) announced that for the third year, the newcomer categories for the 46th Annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, “Top New Solo Vocalist” and “Top New Vocal Duo or Group,” will be opened up to interactive fan voting through www.VoteACM.com and www.GACtv.com/ACM. It was also announced that the “Top New Vocal Duo or Group” category will take the place of the “Top New Vocal Duo” and “Top New Vocal Group” categories.
“Top New Solo Vocalist” nominees include ERIC CHURCH, EASTON CORBIN and RANDY HOUSER. “Top New Vocal Duo Or Group” nominees include THE BAND PERRY, THE JANEDEAR GIRLS and STEEL MAGNOLIA.
Professional members of the ACM select the final nominees in the “Top New Solo Vocalist” and “Top New Vocal or Group” categories. Professional member votes will be combined with fan votes to obtain the winners of the newcomer categories of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.
Fan voting for these categories will begin on THURSDAY, JANUARY 27th at 9a (PT) and will close on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24th at 9a (PT). The winner in each category will be announced in MARCH and will move on to compete for “Top New Artist.” Voting for the “Top New Artist” category will begin on FRIDAY, MARCH 11th at 12p (PT) and will close on APRIL 3rd.
As part of this partnership, GAC will air several stand-alone specials, including a show featuring all the nominees from each of the two categories, as well as a show featuring the winners who will compete for overall “Top New Artist.” The first GAC special “ACM Showcase,” hosted by LUKE BRYAN, will feature all six nominees, three from each of the two newcomer categories, and will premiere THURSDAY, JANUARY 27th at 10p (ET). This special will re-air through FEBRUARY 24th, when voting closes.
The winner of the new “Top New Artist” category will be awarded on the 46th Annual ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS broadcast live from the MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA in LAS VEGAS SUNDAY, APRIL 3rd at 8p (ET) on CBS-TV.
The complete list of nominees for the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS will be announced in FEBRUARY.
For more information on the ACM AWARDS, visit www.acmcountry.com.