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Brantley Gilbert Will Feel Like a Winner at the ACM Awards No Matter the Outcome

Image courtesy of Valory (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Valory (via ABC News Radio)

ACM New Male Vocalist nominee Brantley Gilbert really is just happy to be nominated for the fan-voted trophy. He's up against Lee Brice and Hunter Hayes for the honor, but Brantley doesn't need to actually win a trophy to have a great time at the ACM Awards this April.

He tells TheBoot.com , "I'm looking forward to going to the show. And having the prettiest date is never a bad thing!"  Of course, Brantley is referring to his fiancé, ACM New Female Artist nominee Jana Kramer .

While Brantley knows his fans have his back, he doesn't think a fan-voted award gives an accurate reading of which artist has the best group of followers.

"I think all of us in this business have different kinds of fans," Brantley explains. "Some may not have a computer or go to that many shows. Other people have folks that may be too busy to get on their computer, so we'll see how it goes. I know I have the best fans around."

Voting in for the New Artist categories is now open at ACMVote.com through February 4. The 48th Annual ACM Awards will be handed out Sunday, April 7 on CBS.

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