Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett can add “ACM Awards winner” to their CVs.
The Academy of Country Music on Thursday unveiled the winners for New Female and Male Artist of the Year, respectively, with Barrettand Allenscoringtrophies. The show’s organizers usually unveil the honors of new artists before the prime-time show. Keith Urban, co-host of the ACM Awards, surprised the winners in a video announcing the news.
“Yeah, I’m so happy, oh my God,” Barrett shared in her video. “I don’t even know what to say. I’m just so honored, so thank you very much. It’s been the whole year for me.”
After watching his video, Allen shared, “Stop playing my brother. … This is so crazy.”
This is the first ACM Awards win for Barrett and Allen. ACM voters previously nominated Allen for the category in 2019; Barrett won his first nomination for a new artist in 2020.
Barrett, a 21-year-old former “American Idol”, takes home the honor after her flamboyant debut single “I Hope” and her album “Goldmine”. His latest single “The Good Ones” soared to No. 4 this week on Billboard’s Country Airplay charts.
Allena, 34, from Delaware, kicked off her career in 2018 with “Best Shot,” the first single by a black singer to reach No.1 on country radio. Allen followed up “Best Shot” with the # 1 sold platinum song “Make Me Want To” before launching collaborations with Brad Paisley, Noah Cyrus, late legend Charley Pride and many more.
The ACM Awards return this month to Nashville, where artists perform at the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry House and Bluebird Caf. Country singers slated to appear include Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton, Kane Brown, Dan + Shay, Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and more.
With the victory, Barrett and Allen join the roster of more than two dozen artists performing at the ceremony.
Urban is co-hosting the 56th Annual ACM Awards this year with singer Mickey Guyton. The show airs April 18 at 7 p.m. CST on CBS.
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