Early last week the date was announced for the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards night to be held April 1st in Las Vegas. Now let all the games, along with the pomp & circumstance begin. There is the show itself, The Fan Jam during the show & The All Star Party after the show. Yet to be announced is the activity, if any this year, of FREE concerts on Freemont Street on Friday & Saturday nights.
But the first thing you are asked to do before all of this is to vote. No not a political vote, but one that will determine the ACM New Artist of the Year. This year the selection is all male with the exception of Shawna Thompson, one half of the husband & wife duo, Thompson Square. And I can honestly say I am familiar with all of the nominees, & have heard some of them live.
All of the nominees have had a good year, some more than the others, but this does not take away from the vast talent that is in this class of 2011 New Artists. David Nail has been around for a long time but has finally hit a stride that will not loose steam anytime soon. Scotty McCreary is definitely a new comer fresh off his American Idol win. Mixed in between the old & the real new is a great "cast of characters" such as JT Hodges, Justin Moore & Hunter Hayes that deserve this recognition and if anyone of them is your favorite they need your vote.
Starting January 16th the first round voting begins to determine the final three, ending January 30th. Final round voting begins on March 16th & ends on April 1st with the winner being announced live during the show. As part of this partnership, GAC will air several specials, including a show featuring the top eight semi-finalists, as well as a show highlighting the final nominees who will compete for the title. The first airing of the "ACM Showcase" airs January 16th through the 30th when first round voting ends. Following this will be the GAC "ACM New Artist of the Year" special with the three finalists, airing March 19th through April 1st.
You already know your favorite choice, so do not hesitate to make your vote count. I already know who my pick is, hope he makes the trip to the finals & wins.