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Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Stapleton & Old Dominion Win First-Ever ACM Awards® for New Artist Categories for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards™

Broadcast Live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas
Sunday, April 3, 2016 on the CBS Television Network

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Encino, CA (March 23, 2016) – The Academy of Country Music® today revealed the winners for the 51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ newcomer categories. Kelsea Ballerini, Chris Stapleton and Old Dominion have been named New Female Artist of the Year, New Male Artist of the Year and New Duo/Group of the Year, respectively. The 51st Academy Of Country Music Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Sunday, April 3 at 8:00PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.

These awards mark the first-ever ACM Award wins for Ballerini, Stapleton and Old Dominion. Additionally, Ballerini is also nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year, Stapleton leads the ACM nominations with six additional nods, including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year, and Old Dominion received a nomination for Vocal Group of the Year.

Previously fan-voted, the newcomer categories, which include New Male Vocalist of the Year, New Female Vocalist of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year, are now all incorporated into the professional membership voting process this year.

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About the Academy of Country Music Awards:
The 51st Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry. The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

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