Brantley Gilbert Scores ACM Nomination

"This definitely stands out."

Brantley Gilbert has had his share of success over the last 12 months, including a No. 1 single as an artist, "Country Must Be Country Wide," and another as a songwriter, "Dirt Road Anthem," which he co-wrote with Colt Ford for Jason Aldean, but Thursday's (Feb. 9) announcement that he'll compete for the Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year award is a big moment for the Georgian. He's up for the award along with Scotty McCreery and Hunter Hayes.

"This definitely stands out," Brantley says from a Tampa, Fla., hotel room. "I'm superexcited. I can't believe the fans and radio both are recognizing and honoring me, not only as a songwriter but as an artist. It means more than you'll ever know."

Meanwhile, Brantley says his current tour with fellow country-rocker Eric Church is a match made in heaven. "We're cut from the same mold," Brantley says of Eric, noting that while the pair has yet to write a song together on the road, "We're working on it."

Voting for New Artist of the Year will take place at voteacm.com beginning March 19 at 12 noon ET and will continue until 8 p.m. ET on April 1.

Leading up to the ACM Awards, fans can watch interviews and exclusive performances with the three nominees on GAC’s ACM New Artist of the Year special, premiering March 19 at 9 p.m. ET and re-airing multiple times until voting closes on April 1. 

The winner of the New Artist of the Year category will be awarded on the 47th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 1 at 8 p.m. live ET/delayed PT on CBS.

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