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Morris, Brothers Osborne, Pardi take ACM honors

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne and Maren Morris were winners of the Academy of Country Music new artist winners announced today.

Brothers Osborne won New Vocal Duo; Morris New Female Vocalist and Pardi New Male Vocalist.

All three will perform on the show co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley from Las Vegas on Sunday April 2.

The awards were the first wins ever for all three acts.

Brothers Osborne are also nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year. Morris received an additional five nominations including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year (as artist and producer) and Single Record of the Year (as artist and producer).

Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line with the Backstreet Boys, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town and Morris. Additional acts and presenters will be announced.

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lane oversees her queendom – When Nikki Lane rolled into town on her current Stagecoach Spotlight Tour, she and her touring mates were under the weather. Although illness didn't keep Lane performing (she was in fine voice throughout), Robert Ellis was a last-minute scratch. His replacement, Jenny O, was one high caliber fill-in, however, and kept the bill strong.... »»»
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