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ACM Announces New Artist of the Year Semi-Finalists
Posted By Wendy Newcomer On January 13, 2012 @ 12:00 PM In Country Music News | Comments Disabled
The Academy of Country Music and Great American Country (GAC) announced today that for the fourth consecutive year, the newcomer category for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards — New Artist of the Year—will be opened up to interactive fan voting through VoteACM.com and GACTV.com/ACM, beginning Monday, January 16, 2012.
The Academy of Country Music combined all newcomer categories into a single combined, overall category for New Artist of the Year. The New Artist of the Year award absorbs all newcomer categories including New Male Vocalist, New Female Vocalist, New Vocal Duo, New Vocal Group, New Solo Vocalist and New Vocal Duo or Group categories from past years, and the winner will be revealed on the LIVE telecast at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.
The top 8 artists from the first round of ACM professional voting are considered semi-finalists and will compete via the GAC fan vote at GACTV.com/ACM, combined with the ACM professional membership vote, to determine the final 3 nominees for the Award. The final 3 nominees will compete for the trophy, with a combined fan and professional membership vote to determine the winner. Don’t miss our special, ACM Showcase 2012 , hosted by Storme Warren  and featuring interviews with all 8 semi-finalists, premiering Monday, January 16 at 8/7c.
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR semi-finalists are:
First round fan voting for New Artist of the Year will begin at www.VoteACM.com  and www.GACTV.com/ACM  on Monday, Jan. 16 at 9 a.m. ET, and will close on Monday, Jan. 30 at Noon ET. The final three nominees will be announced in February and will move on to compete for ACM New Artist of the Year. Final round voting for the New Artist category will begin at VoteACM.com on Monday, March 19 and will close on April 1, with the winner being announced live during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast on CBS on Sunday, April 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
As part of this partnership, GAC will air several stand-alone specials, including a show featuring the top eight semi-finalists, as well as a show featuring the final nominees who will compete for New Artist. The first GAC special “ACM Showcase” will feature all eight semi-finalists, and will premiere Monday, January 16 at 8 p.m. ET. This special will re-air through January 30, when voting closes. The GAC “ACM New Artist of the Year” special will feature interviews and exclusive performances with the final three nominees. That special premieres March 19 at 9 p.m. ET and airs through April 1.
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URLs in this post:
 ACM Showcase 2012: http://www.gactv.com/gac/shows_spl/episode/0,3038,GAC_26200_80575,00.html
 Storme Warren: http://www.gactv.com/gac/about_us/article/0,,GAC_26085_4727748,00.html
 Brantley Gilbert: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_brantley_gilbert
 Hunter Hayes: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_hunter_hayes
 JT Hodges: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_jt_hodges
 David Nail: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_david_nail
 Jerrod Niemann: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_jerrod_niemann
 Justin Moore: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_justin_moore
 Scotty McCreery: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_scotty_mccreery
 Thompson Square: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_thompson_square
 www.VoteACM.com: http://www.voteacm.com/
 www.GACTV.com/ACM: http://www.gactv.com/ACM
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