Performer Nominees Revealed For CRS 2017 New Faces Show

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The performer nominees for the 2017 CRS New Faces of Country Music Show have been revealed. Voting opens Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8 a.m. CT and ends Friday, Nov. 25. All full-time employees of a commercial, 24-hour country formatted radio station can vote at

The five acts with the most votes will make up the lineup for the show.

This year’s performer nominees are:

Lauren Alaina (Mercury Records)
Tucker Beathard (Dot Records)
Chase Bryant (Red Bow Records)
Chris Lane (Big Loud Records)
William Michael Morgan (Warner Bros.)
Maren Morris (Columbia Nashville)
Jon Pardi (Capitol Nashville)
Michael Ray (Warner Bros.)
Granger Smith (Wheelhouse Records)
Drake White (Dot Records)
Brett Young (Republic Nashville)

The New Faces of Country Music Show will be held during CRS 2017, at the Omni Hotel Nashville. The show is co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and is one of the most anticipated events at Country Radio Seminar. Five emerging artists who have achieved significant success at Country radio during the qualification period are selected each year to perform at the showcase event.

Below are the New Faces of Country Music qualification criteria:
1. The qualification period is Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 during the year immediately preceding the New Faces of Country Music Show.
2. Nominees may not have appeared on a previous New Faces of Country Music Show. Solo performers that become a member of a group or duo, or a group or duo member that becomes a solo artist are considered eligible.
3. Nominees must have charted at least one Top 25 single on the the Mediabase Country Chart as published in Country Aircheck or at least one Top 25 single on the Billboard Country Chart during the qualification period.
4. Nominees may not have more than two albums on the Billboard Country Top 50 Country Album chart, nor more than two albums that peaked above No. 50 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (or corresponding Nielsen Soundscan-based chart) by the end of the qualification period.


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