Brantley Gilbert faces Hunter Hayes and Scotty McCreery for New Artist of the Year at the upcoming ACM Awards. Because the award is fan voted, Brantley says he’s confident his fans will come through for him. “Well, I always say we don’t have fans, we have friends. I think a friend is somebody that supports you, #1…and these people are paying money to get CDs and to get into shows and, you know, to support me. So, that and, you know, trust…I can trust that they’re gonna be there.” ACM Awards airs on Sunday, April 1st.