For the past few weeks, artists have been ‘campaigning’ for votes for Top New Solo Vocalist, and Top New Vocal Duo or Group. The winners of these two fan-voted awards were announced on Feb. 24. The Band Perry and Eric Church received the most votes from their fans.
I liked all of the nominees this year. The Band Perry was up against Steel Magnolia and the Jane Deer Girls. That group currently has the chart-climbing single, Wildflower”. That’s all I really know about them. That, and that they opened for Jason Aldean in Knoxville on Friday night.
I have seen both Steel Magnolia and The Band Perry before, and knew I would have been happy no matter who won this vote, leading to the nomination for Top New Artist award. Congratulations to Kimberly, Neil and Reid on this win.
To Josh and Meghan, who make up the fantastic duo, Steel Magnolia, you certainly know how many fans you have. The people who come to your shows definitely love what you do. And as one of those fans, I can I am sure everyone who attends not only enjoys your music, but appreciates the time you make to spend with your fans after the shows. I think you two have a lot of awards waiting for you in the future. I’m sorry this one didn’t go your way, but we all know there can only be one winner at each event.
Eric Church took the most votes for Top New Solo Vocalist. He was nominate along with Randy Houser and Easton Corbin. Eric is also on tour with Jason Aldean right now, He’ll be in Charlottesville, Va., on March 3, The shows in Kentucky and Ohio on the fourth and fifth of March are sold out.
Easton has gotten his career off to a fantastic start with “I’m a Little More Country Than That,” and “Roll With It.” I had the opportunity to see Easton do an acoustic show shortly after his first single hit radio. Randy Houser has always been one of my favorite vocalists. He shows how talented he is every time he sings – I love his version of “I’m a Ramblin’ Man,” on the “Waylon: The Music Inside” CD. (By the way, t his collaboration with many of our favorite artists singing Waylon songs is definitely worth adding to your CD collection!
On March 11, voting will open up again, and fans will have a chance to vote for either Eric or The Band Perry for Top New Artist. That is when voting will also begin for Entertainer of the Year – voting for the following in that category: Jason Aldean, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift or Keith Urban.
Remember, the ACM Awards will be broadcast live on CBS, April 3, beginning at 8 p.m. Miranda Lambert has the most nominations with nine! Reba and Blake Shelton will be hosting the show. And I am already looking forward to kicking back with my big bowl of popcorn and waiting to see who wins! (And, what they are all wearing, who sings, and who has something clever to say during the pre-show interviews.
That will do it for this morning. You guys enjoy your Monday!