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And then there were three…
Results from the first round of voting for the Academy of Country Music “New Artist of Year” are in, and the eight semi-finalists have now become three official nominees.
The final round of voting will run from March 24th to April 6th. To vote, visit: www.VoteACM.com. The winner will be announced live on the 49th Annual ACM Awards on April 6th. Country superstars Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return with their contagious personalities and all-around charm to host the event.
Congratulations to Brett, Justin and Kip! It’s sure to be a tough race.
The 49th Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards airs April 6th on CBS and, as always, fans will vote and choose the winner for “New Artist Of The Year”.
The ACM and Great American Country have announced the talent-filled list of eight semi-finalists: Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett, and Parmalee. With these great artists, it is sure to be a tight race.
Voting begins on Jan. 21st and runs through Feb. 4th. The three top nominees will then move on to the final voting round, which goes from March 24th until April 6th.
The winner will be announced live during the ACM broadcast this spring.
Thank-you to all of our KIC friends and readers for voting in our recent polls!
First we asked you to pick the Best Albums of 2013, and you did not disappoint!
Scotty McCreery and Danielle Bradbery fans showed up big time to vote for their favorites. It was a back and forth between the two at first. Bradbery’s self titled debut album had the lead for quite a while, but McCreery’s See You Tonight took the lead yesterday and won with 39% of the vote. Keith Urban and his Fuse album had a very strong showing too, and his fans brought him to the third spot. Blake Shelton, Cassadee Pope, and Kellie Pickler rounded out the Top 6 and also had solid support from the fans.
Here are your Top 10 Albums of 2013:
1. Scotty McCreery – See You Tonight
2. Danielle Bradbery – Danielle Bradbery
3. Keith Urban – Fuse
4. Blake Shelton – Based On A True Story
5. Cassadee Pope – Frame By Frame
6. Kellie Pickler – The Woman I Am
7. The Band Perry – Pioneer
8. Luke Bryan – Crash My Party
9. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer, Different Park
10. Brad Paisley – Wheelhouse
Our next polls were male & female Break-Out Artist for 2014.
Again, Danielle Bradbery fans brought in big numbers for the Break-out Female poll. Bradbery took the early lead and held it throughout the voting period. Caroline Kole came in at number two with Cassadee Pope finishing in third. It was a fight for second and third; only two votes separated Kole and Pope in the end and was a very close race.
Our Break-Out Male poll might be the most exciting. After countless requests and tweets for Casey James, we added him to the list of voting options. We have loved James since American Idol, and think he is very talented. It is just difficult to choose artists when you have to limit the voting options, but we are so glad you spoke out and we could include him.
And you really proved yourselves! Well done, Casey fans… he won with 38% of the vote. Thomas Rhett was an early favorite and held the lead for quite some time, before James topped him. Brett Eldredge had a solid showing as well and rounded out the Top 3.
And our final poll was Best Artist of 2013. We wanted to have a limited list here, and not have endless options. Our team chose who we thought were the top 5 artists of 2013 (Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, & Taylor Swift) and asked you to make the final decision. Voting was clear from the beginning and never wavered. Carrie Underwood is your pick for Best Artist of 2013. Shelton and Bryan finished second and third respectively.
There is a trend among our winners in these recent polls… Artists from American Idol and The Voice always have some of the most loyal fan bases around. We love how dedicated you are to your artists!
Thank-you all for making our polls a success and a great amount of fun for us! We really enjoy hearing your thoughts and opinions, so we appreciate your participation.
Until next time!
The competition is getting intense as The Voice goes live on Monday night!
That also means, the outcome is now in your hands! It is time for you, the fans, to vote for your favorites.
Here is all of the voting information…
As usual, you can vote by calling the toll-free phone number, texting from your Sprint phone, or voting online at NBC.com. Similar to last season, downloading the contestant’s song via iTunes counts as a vote as well. And this year, there is a new voting method added to the mix. You will now be able to vote through a Facebook app!
Voting is not unlimited, however. You can only vote ten times using each method.
The Voice‘s social media correspondent, Christina Milian, explains the voting process in this video:
Watch The Voice on Monday on NBC at 8/7c!