The Academy of Country Music has announced Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett as the New Male and Female Artists of the Year, respectively.
ACM Awards Host Keith Urban recorded a personalized video to surprise both Allen and Barrett with the news.
“We are thrilled to present Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett with their first ACM Award wins. 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,” said Damon Whiteside, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “
Allen and Barrett will join more than 25 artists who will perform 30+ songs from three iconic Country Music venues at the 56th ACM Awards on April 18.
“Additional details on the exciting performances, including unprecedented collaborations and surprising moments will be announced in the coming days,” ACM said in a press release.
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