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Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery nominated for ACM New Artist of the Year

by Brandy McDonnell Published: February 9, 2012
Brantley Gilbert
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes
Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery

The Academy of Country Music and Great American Country has announced 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.

The awards show will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 1 on the CBS Television Network. For the second straight year, Oklahoma natives Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton will co-host the show.

Voting for New Artist of the Year will begin at at 11 a.m. March 19 and continue until 7 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 2012, ending just 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.

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 at 8 p.m. Monday, March 19 and re-airing multiple times until voting closes on April 1. Additional air times and dates can be found at

The winner of the New Artist of the Year category will be awarded on the 47th Annual Academy of

Read more about the nominees after the break:

ACM New Artist of the Year Nominees:

Brantley Gilbert
At the age of 27, Brantley Gilbert already has an impressive list of industry accolades. The deluxe version of the rising star’s sophomore album, “Halfway to Heaven Deluxe,” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart in September 2011. Collectively, the standard and deluxe versions of Halfway to Heaven have already sold almost 500,000 albums to date. Brantley’s first single on The Valory Music Co., “Country Must Be Country Wide,” recently scored the No. 1 spot at country radio. As a celebrated songwriter, Gilbert also penned three No. 1 hits – “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road Anthem,” and most recently, “Country Must Be Country Wide.” In addition to playing his own headlining dates, Gilbert is currently on the road with Eric Church for his “The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour.” For tour dates and more on Brantley visit:

Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes is the only 2011 debut artist to play every instrument, write/co-write every song and co-produce his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. This multi-instrumentalist garnered praise with recent national television appearances on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Good Morning America” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” Billboard calls Hunter “a prodigious talent…drawing on modern pop and country sounds – including Keith Urban, John Mayer, Rascal Flatts and Jason Mraz.” USA Today raves “if this Louisiana singer is as good as this single ["Storm Warning"], he’s about to be a big country star.” He has co-written songs for Rascal Flatts and Montgomery Gentry and has shared the stage with Trace Adkins, Lady Antebellum, Hank Williams, Jr., Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and more. Hunter is currently on his first headlining Most Wanted Tour with sold out dates across the country.

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.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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