Jimmie Allen & Gabby Barrett Win ACM Awards for New Male & Female Artist of the Year

by Jim Casey

The Academy of Country Music revealed that Jimmy Allen and Gabby Barrett have been named the ACM Awards New Male Artist of the Year and New Female Artist of the Year, respectively.

The Academy announced the news on April 8 in advance of the ACM Awards on April 18. Keith Urban, who will co-host the ACM Awards, surprised Jimmie and Gabby will the news in the form of a personalized video card.

Jimmie and Gabby will join more than 25 artists who will perform during the ACM Awards from three iconic country music venues: the Grand Ole Opry House, Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe. Performers include Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, and more.

Jimmie Breaks Through

Since releasing his 2018 debut album, Mercury Road, Jimmie has topped the charts with singles “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To.” Jimmie dropped a new EP, Bettie James, in 2020.

“Wow!!! This doesn’t even seem real,” said Jimmie via Twitter. “Thank you to everyone who voted for me and huge thank you to everyone that supports my music. Y’all made this happen. Love is Love.”

Gabby’s First ACM Award

Gabby released her debut album, Goldmine, in 2020. The project features Gabby’s smash singles “I Hope” and “The Good Ones.”

“I Hope” has already been certified as 4X Platinum by the RIAA for sales of 4 million units. The tune stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 20 weeks.

“Oh my goodness, I don’t really know what to say,” said Gabby. “This is unbelievable. Thank you so much. This is such an honor. Ever since I came into the country music community, everybody’s been absolutely wonderful to me. So thank you so much. It’s more than I deserve . . . This made the whole year for me, so thank you.”