Scotty McCreery picked up another fan-voted accolade Sunday night and dropped news about his college future hes joining the Wolfpack.
Speaking to CMT Radio Live, he said, I have decided to head down to Raleigh where my dad went to college at North Carolina State for at least for two years and maybe transfer to Nashville then. Im excited.
McCreery was honored Sunday at 47th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas where he was named New Artist of the Year
Ive got to thank the fans you guys are incredible! said the 18-year-old Garner High School senior, who was named the winner of the 10th season of American Idol less than a year ago. Scotty also thanked the country music community and Jesus.
Scotty attended the three-hour ceremony, broadcast live on CBS, with his parents, Mike and Judy McCreery of Garner, and his sister, Ashley, a Charlotte college student.
He won the honor over fellow newcomers Hunter Hayes and Brantley Gilbert. Fans cast votes for their favorites over the past two weeks. Each of the three performed a snippet of a song from the Mandalay Bay resort, at a fan bash just down the street from the awards at the MGM Grand. In Scottys case, he apparently rushed back to the MGM from Mandalay just in time to hear his name called.
Its the second time in a few months that Scottys fans have propelled him to such an honor. In December, he was named top new artist at another country awards show, the American County Awards.
The latest award comes amid a busy time for Scotty. He returned to Idol last week to perform his new single, Water Tower Town, a loving ode to a town much like Garner. (A photo of the Garner water tower was behind Scotty when he sang his shortened version of the song on Sunday nights awards.)
Scottys first album, Clear As Day, has gone platinum, with more than a million copies shipped. Both his first singles I Love You This Big and The Trouble With Girls have achieved gold record status, with more than 500,000 copies shipped.
Scotty will be touring again with country singer Brad Paisley this summer and fall.
And when hes not traveling the nation performing and collecting awards, Scotty tries to be just another senior at Garner High. He will be graduating with his class in June.