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Scotty McCreery Weighs In on ACM Nom

"It means the world to me."

Sure, Scotty McCreery won American Idol last year, and yes, his debut album has been certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies, but his recent nomination for Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year is a highlight for the Garner, N.C., native. Hunter Hayes and Brantley Gilbert are also up for the award.

"It’s right up there," Scotty tells "It’s been a wild year. Things have been happening one right after the other. It’s good to be recognized for all the hard work. It means the world to me and I’m just honored and humbled to be a part of it."

Interestingly, Scotty says he found out about the nomination on Twitter. "I was logging on like I do every day and my fans were saying 'congrats!' My manager sent me an e-mail, but I saw it on Twitter before my e-mail."

Voting for New Artist of the Year will take place at 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 with and exclusive performances by 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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