Early ACM nominees named
Monday, January 3, 2011
– The Academy of Country Music will announce the nominees for this year's awards show in February, but the artists up for the ACM Awards' newcomer awards were announced today.
Eric Church, Easton Corbin and Randy Houser are up for top new solo vocalist.
The Band Perry, The JaneDear Girls and Steel Magnolia are the top new vocal duo or group nominees.
Fans will vote on the awards in those categories. Voting opens at VoteACM.com and on GAC's GACtv.com/ACM on Jan. 27 and runs through Feb. 24. Voting for top new artist begins March 11 and goes through the day of the awards show, April 3.
The top new artist winner will be announced at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards show, broadcast live from Las Vegas beginning April 3 at 7 p.m. central on CBS.
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