In preparation for the upcoming 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6, the ACM announced yesterday that once again they will leave the New Artist of the Year category up to the fans, to be decided through two rounds of voting.
For the sixth year running, fans will be permitted to vote among eight semi-finalists to select three nominees for New Artist of the Year. The three finalists will then go through another round of fan voting, which combined with the votes of the professionals community will decide the winner.
The New Artist of the Year category is a combination of all previous newcomer categories, blending New Male Vocalist, New Female Vocalist and New Vocal Duo/Group into one award. In no particular order, the eight semifinalists for 2014 are:
- Kip Moore
- Kacey Musgraves
- Lee Brice
- Tyler Farr
- Thomas Rhett
- Justin Moore
- Brett Eldredge
Fans will be able cast their votes online at VoteACM.com or GACtv.com/ACM. First-round voting opens January 21 at noon EST, and closes February 4th at 3:00 pm EST. The final round of voting will begin March 24 and end on April 6, the day of the ACM Awards live telecast.
Once again, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will be co-hosting the ACM Awards, which will be broadcast on CBS on April 6 at 8:00 PM EST.
So, country fans…you get to pick the winner! Go vote, starting January 21.