Entertainment ACM Awards 2021: Keith Urban Surprises Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett with New Artist of the Year
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And the new male and female artist of the yeargo to ... and !
The country stars were surprised with the honors ahead of the April 18 show, receiving video messages from the ceremony's co-host.
"Stop playin'!" Allen, 34, exclaimedfrom Urban, 53, jumping up from his seat in the studio and pacing excitedly with a giant smile on his face before sitting down to watch the video again in an effort to soak it all in.
"Do I give my acceptance speech now?" joked the "Best Shot" hitmaker, who beat out, , and Parker McCollum for new male artist of the year.
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Barrett, 21, couldn't resist letting out a scream of delight upon beingand told the camera person after getting visibly emotional, "Oh my gosh, now I know why you told me to put on my makeup and get dressed!"
"I don't really know what to say — this is unbelievable," continued thealum. "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."
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"[The award is] more than I deserve," said Barrett, who took home new female artist of the year over, , and . "This made the whole year for me!"
In a release, Academy of Country Music CEO Damon Whiteside said, "We are thrilled to present Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett with their first ACM Award wins. Jimmie and Gabbyat both Country Radio and streaming already, and we are proud to recognize them for such an extraordinary start to their careers."
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"A huge congratulations to each of them for this well-deserved win,for being recognized for their incredible contributions to Country Music," Whiteside added. "We look forward to welcoming Jimmie and Gabby to the ACM Awards stage on April 18."
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Allen and Barrett are set to perform during the show that will see an extensive star-studded lineup including, , , , , , and Urban's co-host Guyton, 37.
Leading the nominations at this year's awards are Morris, 30, and, with six nominations each. Trailing closely behind is with five nominations and and Thomas Rhett, 31, with four nods each.
The 2021 ACM Awards arefrom the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe on Sunday, April 18, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
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