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 — have been opened up to interactive fan voting through VoteACM.com and GACTV.com/ACM.
Professional members of the Academy of Country Music 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 close on Thursday, February 24 at 9 a.m. PST. 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 at VoteACM.com and GACTV.com/ACM on Friday, March 11 at 12 noon PST and will close on April 3, with the winner being announced LIVE during the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast on CBS.
The first GAC special ACM Showcase, hosted by reigning ACM Top New Artist, Luke Bryan, features all six nominees and airs this Wednesday, February 23 and Thursday, February 24 at 10/9c. 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 3, 2011 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS. The complete list of nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards is HERE.