For the seventh year in a row, we as country music listeners will vote for the nominees AND the winner off the ACM's new artist of the year!

The semifinalists we can choose from were announced today. They are: Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice and Cole Swindell.

I don't even know who I would choose!  I love them all!

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The first round of fan voting, which will determine the three final nominees, will begin on Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. and close Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. You can vote here: and

Then the final three nominees will compete for the award.  We can vote for them at That final round of fan voting begins April 8 and will close on April 19.

The ACM professional membership will also have a say in the voting, so it's not 100 percent fan-picked...but I like having a say!


CMT will produce two tv specials highlighting  the nominees.  Dates and times will be announced, and we will share them with you when they are!

I can't wait!  Who will you vote for?


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