» Justin Moore On His ‘New Artist’ Status

Yes, it’s been 6 years since Justin Moore broke onto the scene and he’s had a string of hits and he knows that doesn’t make him new, but that didn’t keep the Academy of Country Music from nominating him for this year’s New Artist Award, and it’s sparked a little controversy.

Some think he’s too far into his career to be honored as a ‘new’ artist, especially given the breakthrough status of the other two nominees, Kip Moore and Brett Eldredge. But, while others are disappointed with the decision, Justin says he’s happy to be nominated after being overlooked for so long.

“It’s really exciting for us to finally get this monkey off our back. I feel like forever I was the coach who could win games, but not the big one.”

As for the oddness the title of ‘New Artist’ may have with such an established artist he digs back into the award’s history. “Throughout the history of this award, people have won it well into their careers. [Kenny] Chesney won it five, six, seven years after his first album…so it sounds a little funnier than what it historically has, who’s won it over the years, so hopefully we’re the next one in line. We’ll see.”

Fan voting for both the New Artist and Entertainer of the Year awards runs through the start of the show Sunday night. You can vote at VoteACM.com.

The 49th ACM Awards will be on CBS starting at 7:00.

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