Nine artists have been announced as nominees for the Academy of Country Music's new artist of the year. The winners in the categories of new male vocalist, new female vocalist and new vocal duo or group will automatically become eligible for the new artist award. Jana Kramer, Kacey Musgraves and Sunny Sweeney are nominated for new female vocalist, while Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes will vie for new male vocalist. Florida Georgia Line, Love and Theft and Thompson Square are up for new vocal duo or group. The winners in the individual categories will be announced in February. The ACM Awards will take place April 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.