Scotty McCreery Up For Academy of Country Music Award

02/10/2012
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American Idol champ Scotty McCreery is in the running for this year's Academy of Country Music New Artist of the Year Award.

The award will be given out during the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 1.

This good news reached Scotty soon after he had been alerted by fans via Twitter that his second single, "The Trouble With Girls," had just topped 500,000 in sales, making it eligible for a gold certification. "It's been a good couple of days," he says. "I am pumped! Looking at the final eight in the category, everybody in there was so good. I listen to all of their music. So to be a finalist is an honor.

"It's been an incredible year," says Scotty, whose debut album was certified platinum in only three months. "Being up for this award means a lot to me. I am ready to head to Vegas!"

On Wednesday, Scotty learned that the past week's sales of "The Trouble With Girls" pushed the song over the 500,000-sales mark, making it eligible to become his second consecutive single to reach the gold status. "I was so happy when I found out," he says. "My fans were tweeting, 'Congratulations on gold,' and I hadn't heard yet, so I checked it out. I found out, so I was pumped and made the calls and texts to my family. We are all ecstatic as a family."

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