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Kacey Musgraves, Brett Eldredge, Kip Moore Among ACM New Artist of the Year Semi-Finalists

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Academy of Country Music new artist nominees

(Courtesy Academy of Country Music)

By Kurt Wolff

The Academy of Country Music (ACM) today announced the names of the eight semi-finalists for the fan-voted New Artist of the Year category at the upcoming 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

This year’s list features Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Justin Moore, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Thomas Rhett and Parmalee.

This year’s New Artist of the Year award reflects the Academy’s decision to absorb all newcomer categories from past years (New Male Vocalist, New Female Vocalist, and New Vocal Duo or Group) into a single category.

As in years past, this award will be fan-voted, and fans will vote in two rounds. The first round of voting begins Tuesday, Jan. 21 at noon ET and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 3pm ET. Visit www.VoteACM.com to cast your vote.

Fan votes from this round will then be combined with the ACM professional membership vote to determine the final three nominees for the award. Those top nominees will then move on to compete in the final round of voting. Fan voting for that final round is set to begin March 24. The winner will then be announced live during the ACM Awards broadcast.

Related: Watch Live ACM Sessions with Brett Eldredge and Justin Moore

Nominees for other categories at this year’s ACM Awards have not yet been announced but are expected in the coming weeks.

The 49th ACM Awards, hosted again by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, April 6 starting at 8pm ET/PT.

Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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