Show Dog – Universal Music’s JT Hodges was named one of the top 8 artists in the New Artist Of The Year category, from the first round of ACM professional voting, announced by the Academy of Country Music and Great American Country (GAC). The top 8 artists are considered semi-finalistsand will compete via the GAC fan vote at, combined with the ACM professional membership vote, to determine the final 3 nominees for the award.  The final 3 nominees will then compete for the trophy, with a combined fan and professional membership vote to determine the winner.

“This is a true honor not only for me but my fans,” said Hodges. “Thank you to the Academy of Country Music for the nod.  Although I’m the obvious underdog, I feel like I’ve won just by being recognized.”

First round fan voting for New Artist of the Year will begin at and on Monday, Jan. 16th at 9 a.m. ET, and will close on Monday, Jan. 30th  at Noon ET.  

Hodges will petition fans to cast their vote for him by holding a LIVE Facebook Chat  Monday, January 16 at 7:00PM Central Standard Time.  Fans can go to JT’s Facebook page to enter the chat by clicking HERE or via Ustream by clicking HERE.  

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