Here at New York Country Swag, we pride ourselves on being tastemakers, finding and championing new and up-and-coming artists and introducing our followers to the best of the best of the rising acts. Over the past three years, we have highlighted multiple artists that are now household names and have hits at the top of the charts. With the ACM Awards at the end of the week, we are highlighting some of the artists from our watch list that have attended, been nominated, and won awards!
Back in 2017, we highlighted Luke Combs who is clearly making quite the name for himself. In 2018, Combs was already nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year and just last week Combs got a surprise phone call from none other than Carrie Underwood who announced that this year, he is taking home the award. Will he also snag the win for Male Artist of the Year? Guess we will have to wait and watch to find out.
The next artist is one that has been a part of NYCountry Swag since the very beginning, Russell Dickerson. In 2018 he was nominated for New Male Vocalist of the Year. This year his very first single and first chart-topper, “Yours” is up for a nomination for Song of the Year and we are pulling for Dickerson to come up with a win!
Other artists we have highlighted include High Valley, who have been up for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year two years in a row. Brett Young took home New Vocalist of the Year in 2018. The upcoming girl trio, Runaway June, are making a massive impact with their newest single “I Can Buy My Own Drinks” earning them a nomination this year for New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year.
“Take it from me” but Jordan Davis has made quite the jump in his career with his debut album Home State, which has already earned him two #1 songs. He was nominated for New Male Artist of the Year and while the award already went to Luke Combs, we see many more nominations and potential wins in Davis’ future. Others include Jimmie Allen who is making his ACM Award nomination debut with New Male Artist of the Year and Danielle Bradbery making hers for New Female Artist of the Year.
From our most recent batch of Artists to Watch comes Mitchell Tenpenny, whose hit single “Drunk Me” has shot up the charts, granting him his very first number one single. He was also nominated for New Male Artist of the Year along with Jimmie Allen, Luke Combs, Jordan Davis, and Michael Ray.
While not all of the artists we highlight have had their shot at the award show just yet, they still get to be involved in all the fun that comes with it. The red carpets, after parties, meeting fans outside the arena, and more, it is still an incredible honor just to be invited.
Tune into the 2019 54th Annual ACM Awards this Sunday, April 7th on CBS at 8 PM ET and follow us on Twitter as we live tweet the event.
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