Gilbert, Hayes & McCreery. That may sound like a law firm, but it’s not (as far as I know). In this case, it’s Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery, who today have been named the final nominees for the Academy of Country Music Award for New Artist of the Year.
Fans voted the three into the final round and they will also have a say on who the ultimate winner is. Voting for New Artist of the Year will take place at http://www.voteacm.com/ beginning March 19, 2012 at 9:00 AM PT and will continue until 5:00 PM PT on Sunday, April 1, 2012 (before the LIVE show starts). The New Artist of the Year final nominees were selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members of the Academy of Country Music.
Brantley Gilbert scored his first number one hit with “Country Must Be Country Wide.” That song was his frist trip to the top of the charts as a performer, but he had already been there several times as a writer. He wrote “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem,” which Jason Aldean took to number one. Gilbert is currently out on tour with Eric Church.
Hunter Hayes Hunter is the only 2011 debut artist to play every instrument, write/co-write every song and co-produce his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. His song “Storm Warning” is at #14 on the latest Billboard chart. He’s currently out on the road on his first headlining Most Wanted Tour.
McCreery, the reigning winner of American Idol, saw his debut album, Clear As Day, be certified platinum in just three months. His first single, “I Love You This Big,” topped out at #15 on the Billboard chart. His current single, “The Trouble With Girls,” reached #20. McCreery is currently out on the road as part of Brad Paisley’s Virtual Reality Tour.
The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. (As usual, it will be delayed for folks living in the Pacific Time Zone.)