Click here to close now.

SYS-CON MEDIA Authors: Mike Kavis, Plutora Blog, Bart Copeland, Andreas Grabner, Liz McMillan

News Feed Item

Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line Chosen by Country Fans at GACTV.com as Newcomer Winners for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music® Awards

ALL THREE TO COMPETE FOR FAN-VOTED ACM NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY KOHL'S DURING LIVE TELECAST OF THE 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC® AWARDS BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA IN LAS VEGAS SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2013 ON CBS

ENCINO, Calif., Feb. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Academy of Country Music and Kohl's Department Stores announced today that Brantley Gilbert, Jana Kramer and Florida Georgia Line have been named nominees for this year's ACM New Artist of the Year Presented By Kohl's Department Stores, which will be given out during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network 

In the first round of fan voting at GACTV.com, fans helped name Gilbert, Kramer and Florida Georgia Line ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year, ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year and ACM New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, respectively. The winners of those categories go on to compete for overall ACM New Artist of the Year, which is again a fan-voted category.

"This year's New Artist of the Year nominees show the depth of emerging talent in our industry. We are so pleased to have Kohl's presenting this award, as it's a natural fit with the Academy. Kohl's encourages fans to 'Expect Great Things' and that's exactly what fans can expect from these incredible newcomers," said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music.

Voting for New Artist of the Year will take place at www.VoteACM.com beginning March 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM ET/12noon PT and will continue until 5:00 PM PT on Sunday, April 7, 2013 (before the LIVE show starts).  The New Artist of the Year final nominees were selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members of the Academy of Country Music.  Professional member votes will be combined with fan votes to obtain the winner of the category for the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.

Leading up to the show, fans can watch interviews and exclusive performances with the three nominees as they receive their trophies for winning their respective categories on GAC's "ACM New Artist of the Year" special, premiering March 25th at 8:00 PM ET and re-airing multiple times until voting closes on April 7. Additional air times and dates can be found at GACtv.com/ACM

The winner of the New Artist of the Year category will be awarded on the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

About the ACM New Artist of the Year Nominees
Brantley Gilbert has already earned a striking set of "notches" on his industry belt, including four #1 singles, impressive album sales of over 1 million and multiple award show nominations. He is currently on his first-ever headlining dates – HELL ON WHEELS TOUR. Just last year he played to over 500,000 fans while on the road with Toby Keith and Eric Church. His sophomore project, the GOLD-certified HALFWAY TO HEAVEN DELUXE, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and has since produced two GOLD-certified, #1 hits – "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." As a celebrated songwriter, he has also penned #1 songs – "My Kinda Party," "Dirt Road Anthem," "Country Must Be Country Wide" and "You Don't Know Her Like I Do." In 2011, he garnered the prestigious honor of being the only new artist to have a #1 hit at Country radio.

Jana Kramer is nominated in the New Female Vocalist of the Year category and has also been named one of CMT's "Next Women of Country."  Kramer's new single, "Whiskey," from her highly praised self-titled debut album, is featured on RollingStone.com, where you can also view the music video. "Whiskey," gaining over 30 adds in its' first week at radio, is the follow-up to her debut hit single, "Why Ya Wanna," which reached No. 3 on the charts and has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Kramer has impressively sold over a million tracks, including more than 100,000 of the new single "Whiskey" and over a half million of "Why Ya Wanna." In addition to her debut album premiering at No. 5, the success of "Why Ya Wanna" also earned Kramer the title of highest charting debut single from a new female artist since 2006 (previously held by Taylor Swift), as well as making her one of the fastest rising debut artists of 2012. Kramer will be joining Blake Shelton this summer on his Ten Times Crazier Tour with dates running through the fall.

Since releasing their multi-week #1, PLATINUM debut single, "Cruise," hot duo Florida Georgia Line has been quickly garnering buzz among fans, media and superstars (Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles) alike. To date, the tune has sold over two million copies and was the quickest Top 10 by a new duo since Brooks & Dunn's "Brand New Man" over two decades ago, according to Billboard. Comprised of Tyler Hubbard from Monroe, Georgia and Brian Kelley from Ormond Beach, Florida, the Republic Nashville duo brings a fresh combination of eclectic beats and expressive lyrics to the genre. Producer Joey Moi (Jake Owen, Nickelback) showcases their unique sound throughout their debut album, HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES, which earned the highest debut album sales of 2012 for a new Country artist with nearly 63,000 copies in the first week. They have appeared on Late Night with Jimmy FallonFOX & Friends and secured a presenter spot during the 2012 American Music Awards. FGL's energetic live show and compelling tunes landed them coveted opening slots on the "CMT ON TOUR" with headliner Jake Owen last year and they are currently on the road with Luke Bryan's "DIRT ROAD DIARIES TOUR." In less than two months, FGL's follow-up single, "Get Your Shine On," has sold over 250,000 copies and landed in the Top 25 at Country radio. 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards
The 48th Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television NetworkAllen Shapiro, Orly Adelson and R.A. Clark are executive producers.  Barry Adelman is producer, and Bob Bardo is the executive in charge of production. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music. 

About Great American Country (GAC)
Great American Country is the leader in country music entertainment, and delivers to viewers the widest variety of country music, its artists and the lifestyles they influence. GAC broadcasts original country music programming, music performance specials, live concerts and music videos. GAC is available in more than 62 million households and online at http://www.GACTV.com.

GAC is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, including HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel. Scripps Networks is based in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Chevy Chase, Md. and Nashville, and is a unit of Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE:SNI).

SOURCE Academy of Country Music

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
Even as cloud and managed services grow increasingly central to business strategy and performance, challenges remain. The biggest sticking point for companies seeking to capitalize on the cloud is data security. Keeping data safe is an issue in any computing environment, and it has been a focus since the earliest days of the cloud revolution. Understandably so: a lot can go wrong when you allow valuable information to live outside the firewall. Recent revelations about government snooping, along...
In his session at DevOps Summit, Tapabrata Pal, Director of Enterprise Architecture at Capital One, will tell a story about how Capital One has embraced Agile and DevOps Security practices across the Enterprise – driven by Enterprise Architecture; bringing in Development, Operations and Information Security organizations together. Capital Ones DevOpsSec practice is based upon three "pillars" – Shift-Left, Automate Everything, Dashboard Everything. Within about three years, from 100% waterfall, C...
The explosion of connected devices / sensors is creating an ever-expanding set of new and valuable data. In parallel the emerging capability of Big Data technologies to store, access, analyze, and react to this data is producing changes in business models under the umbrella of the Internet of Things (IoT). In particular within the Insurance industry, IoT appears positioned to enable deep changes by altering relationships between insurers, distributors, and the insured. In his session at @Things...
PubNub on Monday has announced that it is partnering with IBM to bring its sophisticated real-time data streaming and messaging capabilities to Bluemix, IBM’s cloud development platform. “Today’s app and connected devices require an always-on connection, but building a secure, scalable solution from the ground up is time consuming, resource intensive, and error-prone,” said Todd Greene, CEO of PubNub. “PubNub enables web, mobile and IoT developers building apps on IBM Bluemix to quickly add sc...
The cloud has transformed how we think about software quality. Instead of preventing failures, we must focus on automatic recovery from failure. In other words, resilience trumps traditional quality measures. Continuous delivery models further squeeze traditional notions of quality. Remember the venerable project management Iron Triangle? Among time, scope, and cost, you can only fix two or quality will suffer. Only in today's DevOps world, continuous testing, integration, and deployment upend...
Data-intensive companies that strive to gain insights from data using Big Data analytics tools can gain tremendous competitive advantage by deploying data-centric storage. Organizations generate large volumes of data, the vast majority of which is unstructured. As the volume and velocity of this unstructured data increases, the costs, risks and usability challenges associated with managing the unstructured data (regardless of file type, size or device) increases simultaneously, including end-to-...
Sensor-enabled things are becoming more commonplace, precursors to a larger and more complex framework that most consider the ultimate promise of the IoT: things connecting, interacting, sharing, storing, and over time perhaps learning and predicting based on habits, behaviors, location, preferences, purchases and more. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tom Wesselman, Director of Communications Ecosystem Architecture at Plantronics, will examine the still nascent IoT as it is coalescing, includin...
The excitement around the possibilities enabled by Big Data is being tempered by the daunting task of feeding the analytics engines with high quality data on a continuous basis. As the once distinct fields of data integration and data management increasingly converge, cloud-based data solutions providers have emerged that can buffer your organization from the complexities of this continuous data cleansing and management so that you’re free to focus on the end goal: actionable insight.
Between the compelling mockups and specs produced by your analysts and designers, and the resulting application built by your developers, there is a gulf where projects fail, costs spiral out of control, and applications fall short of requirements. In his session at DevOps Summit, Charles Kendrick, CTO and Chief Architect at Isomorphic Software, will present a new approach where business and development users collaborate – each using tools appropriate to their goals and expertise – to build mo...
Operational Hadoop and the Lambda Architecture for Streaming Data Apache Hadoop is emerging as a distributed platform for handling large and fast incoming streams of data. Predictive maintenance, supply chain optimization, and Internet-of-Things analysis are examples where Hadoop provides the scalable storage, processing, and analytics platform to gain meaningful insights from granular data that is typically only valuable from a large-scale, aggregate view. One architecture useful for capturing...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is causing data centers to become radically decentralized and atomized within a new paradigm known as “fog computing.” To support IoT applications, such as connected cars and smart grids, data centers' core functions will be decentralized out to the network's edges and endpoints (aka “fogs”). As this trend takes hold, Big Data analytics platforms will focus on high-volume log analysis (aka “logs”) and rely heavily on cognitive-computing algorithms (aka “cogs”) to mak...
When it comes to the Internet of Things, hooking up will get you only so far. If you want customers to commit, you need to go beyond simply connecting products. You need to use the devices themselves to transform how you engage with every customer and how you manage the entire product lifecycle. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sean Lorenz, Technical Product Manager for Xively at LogMeIn, will show how “product relationship management” can help you leverage your connected devices and the data th...
In the consumer IoT, everything is new, and the IT world of bits and bytes holds sway. But industrial and commercial realms encompass operational technology (OT) that has been around for 25 or 50 years. This grittier, pre-IP, more hands-on world has much to gain from Industrial IoT (IIoT) applications and principles. But adding sensors and wireless connectivity won’t work in environments that demand unwavering reliability and performance. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Ron Sege, CEO of Echelon...
With several hundred implementations of IoT-enabled solutions in the past 12 months alone, this session will focus on experience over the art of the possible. Many can only imagine the most advanced telematics platform ever deployed, supporting millions of customers, producing tens of thousands events or GBs per trip, and hundreds of TBs per month. With the ability to support a billion sensor events per second, over 30PB of warm data for analytics, and hundreds of PBs for an data analytics arc...
One of the biggest impacts of the Internet of Things is and will continue to be on data; specifically data volume, management and usage. Companies are scrambling to adapt to this new and unpredictable data reality with legacy infrastructure that cannot handle the speed and volume of data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Don DeLoach, CEO and president of Infobright, will discuss how companies need to rethink their data infrastructure to participate in the IoT, including: Data storage: Understand...