The Academy of Country Music has just announced changes to its New Artist category at next year’s ACM Awards in Las Vegas. The New Artist Of The Year will now be combined from the former newcomer categories New Male Vocalist, New Female Vocalist, New Solo Vocalist, and New Vocal Duo or Group. The winner of the new category will be announced live at the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards next year. The awards will be held next Spring on a still-unannounced date.
The top 8 artists from the first round of ACM voting will now be semi-finalists. They will compete for fan voting through the Great American Country (GAC) tv website, as well as the ACM membership vote. The top 3 nominees will then compete for the New Artist Of The Year category, with another combined fan and industry vote to determine the winner.
Nominees for the 47th annual Academy of Country Music awards will be announced in February.