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The First Two Winners of the ACM Awards are…


Dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry, the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards will be presented on CBS on Sunday, April 18, 2021, but two of this year’s winners have already been announced. Last Thursday, CBS and The Academy of Country Music revealed today that Jimmie Allen is the winner of the New Male Artist of the Year Award and Gabby Barrett is the winner of the New Female Artist of the Year Award.

Gabby Barrett and Jimmie Allen (CBS)

“We are thrilled to present Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett with their first ACM Award wins,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “Jimmie and Gabby have experienced tremendous success at both Country Radio and streaming already, and we are proud to recognize them for such an extraordinary start to their careers. A huge congratulations to each of them for this well-deserved win, and to all of our nominees for being recognized for their incredible contributions to Country Music. We look forward to welcoming Jimmie and Gabby to the ACM Awards stage on April 18.”

Co-hosts Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton (Russ Harrington/Cliff Lipson/CBS)

Keith Urban, who serves as a co-host to the award ceremony, surprised Gabby and Jimmie with a special video. (Click on the links to watch their reactions to the news!) Allen and Barrett will join more than 25 artists will perform 30+ songs from three iconic Country Music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. Previously announced performers include Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton, Ryan Hurd, Jack Ingram, Alan Jackson, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Carly Pearce, Jon Randall, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, The War and Treaty, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, CeCe Winans and Chris Young.

Joining the 15-time ACM Award-winner is New Female Artist of the Year nominee Mickey Guyton. The award show will air on Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

(Main Image: CBS)

Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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