From my last article regarding new artists taking the spotlight in the 2016’s Academy of Country Music Awards, it is now quite obvious after the Academy of Country Music® announced their first “new artist categories” winners for the Academy’s 51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. Kelsea Ballerini wins for New Female Artist of the Year, Old Dominion wins New Duo/Group of the Year and Chris Stapleton wins for New Male Artist of the Year. Kelsea, Chris and Old Dominion have set the inaugural and highest bar by winning the first-ever ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ for the new artist categories. The ACM Awards broadcasts on Sunday, April 3, 2016 (8 p.m. EST/7 p.m. CST) live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada through the CBS Television Network.
Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Stapleton and Old Dominion now have their first-ever ACM Award wins and are heralded as the first artists to win ACM Awards™ of new artist categories. It is the icing on the cake for all three ACM newcomers. In addition, there is even more cause for celebration as Kelsea is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year overall. Chris Stapleton is coming on strong with six ACM Award nominations including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. The “Nobody to Blame” singer’s appreciation is no surprise, as he cleaned house at the 2015 CMA Awards. Winning ACM’s New Vocal Group of the Year, Old Dominion is also floating on Country Music’s cloud 9 with their nomination as ACM’s Vocal Duo of the Year. This year, New Male Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, originally fan-voted, is merged with the professional membership voting.
The 51st Academy Of Country Music Awards is co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley and is produced for television by dick clark productions with Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco as executive producers. The Academy of Country Music’s Bob Romeo is executive producer. The Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.
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It’s as if 2016’s 51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ heavens have opened up to shower these three amazing artists with spotlights made of star dust. Congratulations Kelsea, Chris and the guys of Old Dominion. We fans couldn’t imagine any artists more deserving of the ACM’s breakthrough new artists’ category honors.