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Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell voted ACM New Artist finalists

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Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell have been named as finalists in the new artist of the year category for the 50th annual ACM Awards.

The fan-voted award will be presented live during the diamond-anniversary ACM Awards show, airing from the sold-out AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Announced Wednesday on Feb. 18, Hunt, Rhett and Swindell were determined to be the top three nominees through the first round of voting on CMT.com. The original field included Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore and Chase Rice.