Stoney Creek Records duo Thompson Square has earned its first American Music Award nomination for the Sprint “New Artist of the Year” Award.  The nominations were announced at the JW Marriot Los Angeles at LA Live yesterday by Nicki Minaj and Pitbull.

Thompson Square is one of only two Country artists in the all genre category.  The duo was actually en route to Nashville on Southwest Airlines as the nominations were being announced, having left Los Angeles before dawn yesterday after taping an upcoming late night appearance. The chart-topping husband/ wife duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson learned of their nomination upon landing back home in Nashville.

“Being nominated for an American Music Award is the last thing I expected when I rolled out of bed yesterday morning,” said Keifer. “The past year has been an amazing ride. We’ve had so many firsts and this is even more icing on the cake.”  

“We’re so thankful to our fans and Country radio and everyone that’s been here supporting us over the course of our career,” said Shawna.  “We’re so blessed to be doing what we love and don’t take any day for granted.”

The Sprint “New Artist of the Year” Award is a fan-voted award and voting is live now.  Fans can vote at the Coca-Cola AMA voting website amavote.com as well as AMA.abc.com.

 Thompson Square is currently on the road opening for multi-platinum country rocker Jason Aldean on his My Kinda Party 2011 Arena Tour.  They will join Darius Rucker’s U.S. tour later this fall.  For more information visit www.thompsonsquare.com