Sunday, February 27, 2011
– Eric Church and The Band Perry won Top New Solo Vocalist and Top New Vocal Duo or Group respectively from the Academy of Country Music. The two winners are now nominees for the Top New Artist award, which will be given out on the 46th annual ACM broadcast on April 3.
Voting for the awards closed last Wednesday.
Luke Bryan will present the fan-voted awards to Church and The Band Perry at the ACM-sponsored CRS Music City Jam in Nashville on Wednesday, March 2. CRS Music City Jam is open to Country Radio Seminar registrants and takes place at the Nashville Convention Center.
Fans can watch the winners receive their ACM trophies and hear their acceptance speeches on GAC's "ACM Top New Artists " special, premiering Monday, March 14 at 9 p.m. eastern.
Church released his sophomore album, "Carolina," in spring 2009 with the hits Love Your Love The Most, Hell on the Heart, and Smoke a Little Smoke. Church won over Easton Corbin and Randy Houser.
The Band Perry, made up of siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid released their self-titled debut
album in October 2010. Their song If I Die Young went to
the top of the charts. The band won out over Steel Magnolia and JaneDear girls.
Voting for Top New Artist will take place at ww.VoteACM.com starting March 11 at noon Pacific through 5 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, April 3.
The awards will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 3 at 8 p.m. live Eastern/delayed Pacific on CBS.