Gabby Barrett Wins Top Country Female Artist, Best Country Song at 2021 Billboard Music Awards

by John Jamison

The 2021 Billboard Music Awards are underway. And fans everywhere are watching closely to see which awards their favorite artists can take home. Gabby Barrett fans will be overjoyed to learn that the Country music star, and one of the most nominated artists at the awards this year, won three times over.

It’s been a huge night for the young Country star. A former Season 16 American Idol contestant, Barrett has come a long way from trying to win a singing competition. The least formal of her wins was in the fan-voted Top Collaboration category for her song “I Hope” with Charlie Puth. So it came as no surprise when she also took home Top Country Song for her solo version of “I Hope.”

The song has gone 5x Platinum in the United States and was the best-selling Country song of 2020.

You can watch the video for “I Hope” below.

Best of all, though, was her win for Top Country Female Artist. Gabby Barrett beat out fellow nominees Maren Morris and Carrie Underwood for the honor.

“I’m gonna try to keep together, as best I can. I wasn’t supposed to mess up my makeup, so I gotta play it cool now,” she said in her acceptance speech. “This means so much to me. I’ve been performing for 10 years, really hard…we’ve worked so hard to get here.”

“Thank you, guys, so much. You make dreams come true, this has changed my life forever,” she continued. “I’ve never done this before…thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Gabby Barrett Was Nominated Nine Times for the 2021 Billboard Music Awards

Tonight’s award ceremony was a major success for Gabby Barrett before it even began. She walked into it knowing that she’d been nominated for nine different awards. Even if she went home with nothing, that’s no small achievement for such a young artist.

The 21-year old talked to ET before the ceremony got underway.

“This is one of those things where it’s hard to put into words because it doesn’t really feel real,” she said. “When you work for so long towards something and it actually happens, it’s hard for me to switch gears because I’ve just been in the mode of trying to get to these places. Getting on the award, and getting number one songs. Now that you’re actually at the pit stop, ‘We’re here, we’re making a stop.’ It’s like ‘Whoa!’ It’s really cool.”

With the Country Music Television awards just around the corner, we’ll have to wait and see if Gabby Barrett can check another award off the list. She’s nominated in the Female Video of the Year category for “The Good Ones.” The CMT Awards are set for June 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern.