If the CMA Awards are “Country Music’s Biggest Night”, the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) are “Country Music’s Biggest Party”. The ceremony for the (let’s be honest) 2nd-most prestigious country music awards, are held annually at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be co-hosted this year by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. Today, nominations for the 2013 ACMs were announced and some up-and-coming artists were featured among the nominees.
Hunter Hayes was nominated for a whopping 6 awards and Florida Georgia Line for 3. But perhaps the biggest surprise of all was Kacey Musgraves who came out with 4 nominations, including Female Vocalist of the Year – huge!!
Leading up to today’s nomination announcement, fans have been able to vote on three New Artist categories: New Male Vocalist, New Female Vocalist, and New Vocal Duo or Group. The winner of each category then goes on to face off for the overall New Artist of the Year award.
The nominees in each category were:
New Male Vocalist:
New Female Vocalist:
New Duo or Group:
The category winners who will move on to compete for New Artist of the Year are:
and Florida Georgia Line
This should make for an interesting race as all 3 have had an incredible year – especially Brantley and Jana, who recently announced their engagement! Me personally, I will be pulling for my boys in Florida Georgia Line! As you can tell, I’m quite a fan.
The winner of the New Artist of the Year Award, along with the rest of the ACM’s, will be announced live on Sunday, April 7 at 8pm EST on CBS.
Click here for a complete list of 2013 ACM nominees!