Lainey Wilson was crowned Best New Country Artist at the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards on Tuesday evening (Mar. 22).
iHeartRadio Music Awards red carpet hosts Sisanie and Tanya Radon surprised the fast-rising country star and “Things A Man Oughta Know” singer with the trophy for the coveted award during their interview prior to the awards ceremony.
Wilson, donning an all black ensemble emblazoned with silver stars, was shocked upon hearing the news and humbly accepted the honor.
“This is… wow, I’m speechless, I thought I was going to have a little time to prepare just in case,” Wilson said. “This is a huge moment for me, I was always the little girl who had stars in my eyes, who just wanted to go and see the world and I’m originally from Northeast Louisiana, The other LA.” She continued, “This is a huge deal for me and I just appreciate iHeartRadio so much for taking me under their wing and supporting me and for giving me the opportunity to play and just for fans to hear me.”
The chart-topping hitmaker then graciously thanked her fans for sticking by her and supporting her.
“I love y’all, and thank y’all for just loving me no matter what and allowing me to be unapologetically myself,” Wilson gushed.
“This is incredible,” Wilson concluded holding back tears.
2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards Air Tonight At 8/7c on FOX.
Hosted by LL Cool J, the 2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards will also feature performances by Icon Award Recipient Jennifer Lopez, Megan Thee Stallion, Jason Aldean, John Legend, Charlie Puth, and Maneskin.
The 2-hour award show will also feature special appearances from Olivia Rodrigo, Silk Sonic, Lil Nas X, Billy Porter, The Kid LAROI, David Guetta, Avril Lavigne, Shaun White, All Time Low, Willow Smith, Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, Gina Torres, Oliver Hudson, Taylor Momsen, Lainey Wilson, Dove Cameron, Danica McKellar and more.
2022 iHeartRadio Music Awards will air on Tuesday, March 22, at 8/7c on FOX Network.
The event can also be heard on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide and on the iHeartRadio app.