As we prepare for the rescheduled Academy of Country Music Awards, the New Male and New Female Artists of the Year honors were announced. Superstar and host, Keith Urban surprised two of our former Swag Spotlight and Artists to Watch alumni, Riley Green and Tenille Townes with the big news.
Green had his major-label debut in 2019, full of notable singles such as “There Was This Girl,” and “I Wish Grandpas Never Died.” The singer has garnered many fans and even opened up for artists like Brad Paisley. Green has been a fixture on social media during quarantine, constantly giving fans demos and covers of songs to listen to, while we all wait for touring to start again.
On the other hand, Townes took country music by storm, opening up for the likes of artists like Dierks Bentley, and blowing the industry away with her undeniable charm and charisma. Her songs “Somebody’s Daughter” and “Jersey on the Wall (“I’m Just Asking), off her project The Lemonade Stand, are two standouts from her debut record.
Both winners will get to perform at the rescheduled 55th annual awards show, when it airs on September 16th. The show, which was rescheduled form the usual April date will air on CBS, and take place at legendary Nashville venues, including the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe.
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