Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, and Cole Swindell were announced yesterday as the three finalists for the ACM New Artist of the Year award. The announcement comes after one round of fan voting for eight new artists that were announced as semi-finalists.
This morning the nominations for the 50th ACM Awards were announced through a digital press conference. Country stars such as Jason Aldean, Kristain Bush, Brandy Clark, Lee Brice, and Dustin Lynch were all on hand to make the announcements. The nominations themselves come mostly as expected with few exceptions. Garth Brooks nomination for Entertainer of the Year comes as a slight surprise, as most (myself included) thought he wouldn’t receive any nominations until the end of his comeback tour. Additionally, The Cadillac Three’s nomination for Vocal Event of the Year speaks to the weakness of collaborations in modern country music. Check out the full nominations: