From performances to wins and more, Warner Music Nashville celebrated artists including Ashley McBryde, Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay, Gabby Barrett, Ingrid Andress and Kenny Chesney at last night’s 56th ACM Awards. Dan + Shay took home their third straight Duo of the Year title, while Gabby Barrett earned the prestigious New Female Artist of the Year honor.
Dan + Shay have earned multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music, and Billboard Music Award wins and nominations, recently claiming their 3rd consecutive GRAMMY Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance, making them the first artist to do so 3x consecutively since the category’s inception. They also recently snagged a nomination for the iHeart Radio Music Awards in the all-genre Best Duo/Group of the Year category. The duo has performed on countless television stages and recently teamed up with labelmate Blake Shelton on the current milestone 20th season of NBC’s The Voice. In the eight years since they formed, Dan + Shay have surpassed seven billion global career streams (with over four billion impressions in 2020 alone), accumulated 37 total RIAA certifications and achieved eight No. 1 singles at country radio. Their new hit single “Glad You Exist” follows their recent No.1, RIAA Platinum-certified smash “I Should Probably Go To Bed,” which has surpassed 1.4 million U.S. track equivalents and 250+ million global streams.
“I remember visiting [the Bluebird Café] over 10 years ago, before I moved to Nashville, with dreams of being a songwriter in this town,” Smyers said. “[I’m] still just excited every single day getting to wake up and write country music. Thank you to the ACM, everybody who voted for us [and] all the other nominees in our category... We love y’all, everybody is deserving of this award. Our team, thank you so much – and my wife Abby, I love you.”
Added Mooney: “This is so special. I want to thank God for [Dan]. Thank you for doing this with me, man. My wife Hannah, my two little boys, Ames and Asher, and country radio. Country fans, thank you for being here with us. You’re the best.”
Barrett’s New Female Artist of the Year win comes on the heels of her second No. 1 chart-topping country single, “The Good Ones.” In addition to scoring previous CMA, CMT and American Music Award nods, she has been named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2020, featured as an Amazon Music Breakthrough Artist, included in Variety’s 2020 Young Hollywood Impact Report and listed as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Music. Her meteoric 5x Platinum debut “I Hope” was the most-streamed Country song of 2020, winning CMT’s 2020 Breakthrough Video of the Year award, while cracking the Top 3 on Billboard's all genre Hot 100 chart. Reigning atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for a record-breaking 27 weeks, “I Hope” was also the first debut single by a solo female artist to top the Country radio charts since 2017 and made her the youngest artist with a #1 debut at Country radio in over two decades. Adding to over 1 billion+ global streams, her top-streaming LP GOLDMINE includes the 4-week Hot AC No. 1 crossover version of “I Hope” feat. Charlie Puth.
Said Barrett upon receiving the award: “This feels like a dream! God is so good, and I’m really blessed to be a part of this Country music community. A million thank you’s to my husband, my family, my fans, my team for all of your support and to the ACMs for this incredible honor.”
Both Dan + Shay and Barrett took the stage at the Bluebird Café for intimate performances of their latest hit singles. Meanwhile, Ashley McBryde hit the Riverfront downtown as Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney visited the Grand Ole Opry. See below for links to each performance:
· Ashley McBryde, “Martha Divine”
· Dan + Shay, “Glad You Exist”
· Gabby Barrett, “The Good Ones”
· Kenny Chesney, “Knowing You”