The Academy of Country Music announced yesterday that Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore and Kip Moore have been named nominees for this year's ACM New Artist of the Year Award Presented By Kohl's. The winner will be named during the live broadcast of the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will air from Las Vegas on April 6 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS. The final round of fan voting for the coveted New Artist of the Year award begins on March 24 at 3:00 PM ET and will close at 8:00 PM ET on April 6. The final nominees were selected by a combined vote of the fans and professional members of the Academy of Country Music. You can find the voting links on our blog at Thunder 104-5 dot com.
It appears that the chemistry Blake Shelton shares with his fellow coach Shakira on the set of The Voice has followed them into the studio. Shakira recently tweeted a photo of the two of the them together in the studio working on what is presumably a new collaboration for Shakira's upcoming album, which is due out in March. Shakira will again appear alongside Blake as a coach on Season 6 of The Voice, with Usher and Adam Levine also returning to the red coaching chairs. This season, Team Shakira will actually get help from Blake's wife, Miranda Lambert, who will act as the celebrity advisor for her team. The Band Perry will act as advisors to Blake's team this season. Season 6 of The Voice will premiere on February 24 at 8 PM ET on NBC.
A new member will be joining Brantley Gilbert's headlining "Let It Ride Tour," but this member won't be hitting the stage alongside opening acts Eric Paslay and Thomas Rhett. Gilbert recently posted a photo on his Facebook page of him with his new black and white puppy name Sylo. And Brantley has promised to post many more adorable pics of his new furry friend. Gilbert said in the caption for the photo, "No reason y'all shouldn't get to watch this little guy grow up too....How about a pic every week?? His name is Sylo...." (Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/BrantleyGilbertMusic )
As part of the fun surrounding the release of his new album, High Noon, Jerrod Niemann is releasing an interactive western-style mini-movie that features him as the hero of the High Noon Saloon. The video trailer for the humorous new mini-movie debuted at JourneyToHighNoon.com yesterday. The film takes elements, song titles and themes from the High Noon album and works them into a Wild West adventure between Niemann, a donkey and a villain named Big Bad Les James. Jerrod says of the new mini-movie, "It takes place at the High Noon Saloon, where I basically wake up after a rough night and have to put the pieces back together about what happened the night before.