Cody Johnson Stuns With “‘Til You Can’t” After Winning Best New Country Artist At 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards

Johnson took to the stage as part of a Best New Artists’ medley performance, which spanned across all genres of music.


Andrew Wendowski


Posted on March 27, 2023

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Cody Johnson; Photo Courtesy of iHeartRadio Music Awards/FOX

Cody Johnson was named Best New Country Artist at 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Monday, March 27.

While the country superstar didn’t get a chance to offer an acceptance speech during the live broadcast of the coveted awards show, he did get to take home his iHeartRadio Music Award. Johnson also got to pose for photos with the shiny silver award.

In addition to winning Best New Country Artist, Johnson got to perform during the star-studded, two-hour broadcast. He took to the stage as part of a Best New Artists’ medley performance, which spanned across all genres of music.

Live from Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Cody Johnson belted out the lyrics while delivering a powerful rendition of his chart-topping hit, “‘Til You Can’t.”

Cody Johnson; Photo Courtesy of iHeartRadio Music Awards/FOX
Cody Johnson; Photo Courtesy of iHeartRadio Music Awards/FOX

Wearing his trademark cowboy hat and strumming an acoustic guitar, Johnson sang the hit track, penned by Ben Stennis and Matt Rogers, that encourages listeners to enjoy every moment and live life to the fullest every day, as you never know when it will be the last.

“If you got a chance, take it, take it while you got a chance/ If you got a dream, chase it, ’cause a dream won’t chase you back/ If you’re gonna love somebody/ Hold ’em as long and as strong and as close as you can/ ’Til you can’t,” Johnson sings on the tune’s chorus.

Produced by Trent Willmon and co-written by Ben Stennis and Matthew J. Rogers, “‘Til You Can’t” was the lead single on Johnson’s latest project, Human: The Double Album. The song became Johnson’s first No.1 and first multi-week No.1 when it reached the top of the charts earlier this year.

“I chose to record ‘Til You Can’t’ first because of the positivity in the message of the song. In our world today, we could use more positivity,” Johnson previously shared. “Secondly, because of how dynamic the melody was; I took it and ran with it.”

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The 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards also featured performances from Lenny Kravitz, ICON Award Recipient P!NK, Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Latto, Muni Long, Cody Johnson and more. Coldplay also performed during the show, live from their Music of the Spheres World Tour stop in Brazil.

Additionally, the star-studded awards show included special appearances by LL Cool J, Cher, Buffalo Bills Damar Hamlin, Donald Faison, H.E.R., Joel McHale, Jordan Davis, Nicole Scherzinger, Nikki Glaser, Phoebe Bridgers, TLC, Vella Lovell, Zach Braff and more.

According to a press release, the tenth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards celebrated “the most-played artists and songs on iHeartRadio stations and the iHeartRadio app throughout 2022, while also offering a preview of the upcoming hits of 2023.”

The two-hour broadcast also featured award presentations in multiple categories, including best lyrics, best music video, best fan army, the social star award, favorite tour photographer, TikTok bop of the year, favorite documentary, favorite tour style, favorite residency and favorite use of a sample. 

Hosted by Lenny Kravitz, the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards aired LIVE from Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, March 27, on FOX at 8/7c. The event was also streamed on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app.

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