The Country Now Awards ballots have been tallied and Laine Hardy’s Here’s To Anyone has been revealed as the winner of Favorite Debut Album.
The exciting news was announced on Wednesday evening during the Country Now Awards livestream.
Hardy accepted the award virtually and showed his gratitude to fans for their support.
“I just wanted to say thank y’all so much for making this happen. I wanted to say thank you to my fans and everyone that voted for me,” the Louisiana native shared.
After accepting the award, Hardy shared an acoustic performance of the album’s title track.
Released in September, Here’s To Anyone features 11 tracks, including two co-written by the American Idol winner himself. Among the track list is Laine Hardy’s latest single, “Memorize You,” as well as previous releases such as “Tiny Town,” “The Other LA,” and “Let There Be Country.”
Elvie Shane’s Backslider, Jameson Rodgers’ Bet You’re From a Small Town, Parker McCollum’s Gold Chain Cowboy, Ryan Hurd’s Pelago, Mickey Guyton’s Remember Her Name, Lainey Wilson’s Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, Larry Fleet’s Stack of Records, Lily Rose’s Stronger Than I Am, and Ashland Craft’s Travelin’ Kind were also nominated in the Favorite Debut Album category.
The Inaugural Country Now Awards streamed on Wednesday, December 8. The winners in the 14 categories were determined by fan votes placed between November 15 and November 30 on CountryNow.com. Over 1.1 million total votes were cast.
Hosted by Country Now’s Lauren Black, the Country Now Awards featured special appearances by Brantley Gilbert, Carly Pearce, Chayce Beckham, Chelcie Lynn (a.k.a. Trailer Trash Tammy), Elle King, ERNEST, Jameson Rodgers, Jimmie Allen, Kaleb Austin, Katie Austin, Kierra Lewis, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Wallen, and Walker Hayes.
George Birge, HARDY, Jameson Rodgers, Jimmie Allen, Lainey Wilson, Restless Road and Lily Rose also performed.
The Country Now Awards live stream was in support of the Love Music. Stop Cancer. Campaign to raise awareness and support for kids with cancer and other catastrophic diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Visit musicgives.org to learn more about Love Music. Stop Cancer.