It's a stretch to call Justin Moore a new artist don't you think? So we looked up the Academy's criteria. Turns out this award comes and goes as needed... and you can be 'new' multiple times. Here's the synopsis...
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
The Board of Directors may elect to give out this award from time to time, in lieu of, or in addition to, the New Male Vocalist, New Female Vocalist and New Vocal Duo or Group, or New Solo Vocalist and New Vocal Duo or New Vocal Group.
This award is presented to an outstanding male vocalist, female vocalist, vocal duo or vocal group in the country music industry who gains either initial fame or significantly greater recognition through their efforts during the prior calendar year of November 29, 2012 to November 27, 2013. Then it goes on to talk about charts, airplay, and units sold.
The winner is determined by a combination of votes from the ACM professional membership and fan voting (online). An artist may be a nominee two times in a three-year period. If an artist is a winner in the New Male Vocalist, New Female Vocalist, New Solo Vocalist, New Vocal Duo, New Vocal Group or New Vocal Duo or Group categories, their first year on a ballot.
So Justin is a fit and now you get to have your voice. You can vote once per day on the official ACM ballot through April 6th on the link below. You won't see the current results so we've added our own straw poll (scroll down). Vote away and let everyone know what you think!