The ACM’s three newcomer awards—Top New Female Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group—will be opened up to fan voting for the first time this year. Exclusively at GACTV.com, voting for the categories will run Fri., Feb. 13 through Thurs., March 5. After those winners are announced on March 9, they will move on to compete in the new Awards category, Top New Artist. Fan voting for that category will then run March 16-April 5, with the winner being announced live during the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5.
Through a new partnership with the ACM, GAC will air several television specials surrounding the fan-voted awards, including a show featuring nominees and a special on the winner. The first GAC program featuring the nine nominees premieres Feb. 20 and will be hosted by reigning Top New Male Vocalist Jack Ingram. On March 19, GAC will debut a show hosted by Sara Evans, wherein the winner in each category will perform and receive the awards for Top New Female Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist, and Top New Vocal Duo or Group.
As previously reported, most nominees for the Academy of Country Music Awards will be announced Wed., Feb. 11 in Nashville.