Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge has spent years building a strong relationship with his fans via social media, and now that relationship has paid off with an ACM New Artist of the Year nomination.

Speaking of the fans who voted him into that category, Brett tells ABC News Radio, “All those late night I’m like, sitting on Twitter and Facebook, like, talking with my fans. Like, ‘I’m up at 1 a.m. Is anybody else up?’ Then all of a sudden 40 people hit you up, ‘I’m just getting ready to start the second shift.'”

Brett goes on to say this nomination is a huge step in his career.

“If I could go up there and win that and share it with my fans, that would be a cherry on top of the cake,” he says before reconsidering that statement. “I don’t know if it’s on the cake. Whatever it’s on.”

Brett is up against Justin Moore and Kip Moore for ACM New Artist of the Year. Voting is open now at VoteACM.com. The winner will be announced on the 49th Annual ACM Awards Sunday, April 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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