ACM Awards Combine New Artist Categories

The Academy of Country Music has announced one overall category for new artist of the year for their 2012 ACM Awards ceremony. In past years, the organization has presented various combinations of awards for new male vocalist, new female vocalist, new vocal duo, new vocal group and new solo vocalist. In 2012, there will be eight semifinalists for the new artist category, which will be narrowed to the top three finalists by a combination of fan voting and industry voting. All nominations will be announced in February. The date of the ceremony has not yet been announced.