- Associated Press - Friday, February 25, 2011

NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) - Eric Church and The Band Perry are this year’s first Academy of Country Music Awards winners.

Organizers announced Church won top new solo vocalist and The Band Perry won top new vocal group or duo in a news release Friday. Both categories were determined by fans and member voters.

They now move on to compete for the top new artist award. The winner will be announced during the show, which will be broadcast live April 3 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Church and The Band Perry, a group comprised of siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry, will get their trophies next week at a presentation in Nashville.

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