Thomas Rhett's nomination for Best New Artist at the ACM Awards is not one that the singer is taking lightly. Not only is it his first ever ACM nod, but Rhett is especially honored to be nominated in the year of the show's 50 year anniversary.

Rhett says that it feels extra special given the show's illustrious history.

"Being nominated for an ACM is such an honor," the singer explains. "It’s my first nomination for an ACM, and this year is special ‘cause it’ll be the first time it’s not in Vegas in a long time, and it’s the 50-year anniversary, so [I'm] just really proud to be a part of this particular ACM."

Nominated with Sam Hunt and Cole Swindell, Rhett adds that he's excited to be up against two of his good friends.

"To be nominated for the New Artist category and with my buddies Sam and Cole, it’s just a really fun category and the fact that it’s partially fan-voted makes it even cooler," adds the "Crash and Burn" singer, revealing that he's been encouraged to see his fans coming out to vote. "It really shows you a lot of where your core fanbase is and it’s fun to interact with them on Twitter and Instagram and all that kinda stuff. And just to watch them engage in what we do is just a really cool thing."

Along with his nomination, Rhett will be performing at the 2015 ACM Awards, which will be held live from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Fans can catch the show and see if Rhett takes home the New Artist trophy when the show airs on April 19 at 8PM ET.

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