Morgan Wallen, Carly Pearce, Walker Hayes & More Among Just-Announced Country Now Awards Nominees

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE SHOW!   Country Now has revealed the nominees for the inaugural Country Now Awards, celebrating the best in country music in 2021. Carly Pearce tops the list with four nominations, including Favorite Female Artist, Favorite…


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Posted on November 22, 2021

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Country Now has revealed the nominees for the inaugural Country Now Awards, celebrating the best in country music in 2021.

Carly Pearce tops the list with four nominations, including Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Album (’29: Written In Stone’), Favorite Collaborations (“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” feat. Ashley McBryde) and Favorite Breakup Song (“What He Didn’t Do”).

Gabby Barrett, Walker Hayes, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Mickey Guyton, Jameson Rodgers, Lady A, Lainey Wilson, Elvie Shane, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young, Carrie Underwood, Dustin Lynch follow Pearce with three nominations each.

Fan voting, which is unlimited, began on Nov. 15 and runs through Nov. 30 at 11:45 pm CT. Vote now at

Winners for the Country Now Awards will be announced in early December, details forthcoming

See a full list of nominees below.


Favorite Party Song  
This award goes to an artist whose song was released or reached peak chart position in 2021. 

“Bar Friends” – Restless Road
Written by: Jordan Schmidt, Kyle Clark, Tyler Filmore and Geoff Warburton

“Beer With My Friends” Shy Carter, Cole Swindell, David Lee Murphy
Written by: Shy Carter, Bryan Simpson and David Lee Murphy

“Beers And Sunshine” – Darius Rucker
Written by: Darius Rucker, Ross Copperman, J.T. Harding and Josh Osborne

“Cold Beer Calling My Name” Jameson Rodgers, Luke Combs
Written by: Jameson Rodgers, Alysa Vanderheym, Brett Tyler and Hunter Phelps

“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” Elle King, Miranda Lambert
Written by: Elle King and Martin Johnson

“Good Time” Niko Moon
Written by: Niko Moon, Anna Moon, Jordan Minton, Joshua Murty and Mark Trussell

“Hole in the Bottle” – Kelsea Ballerini
Written by: Kelsea Ballerini, Jesse Frasure, Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley and Steph Jones

“I Was On A Boat That Day” Old Dominion
Written by: Brad Tursi, Shane McAnally, Geoff Sprung, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen and Whit Sellers

“Tequila On A Boat” – Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane
Written by: Hillary Lindsey, Justin Ebach and Matt Alderman

“Throw It Back” BRELAND, Keith Urban
Written by: BRELAND and Keith Urban


Favorite Female Empowerment Anthem 
This award goes to an artist whose song was released or reached peak chart position in 2021.

“Footprints On The Moon” Gabby Barrett
Written by: Gabby Barrett, Zachary Kale and Jon Nite

“Girl Who Didn’t Care” Tenille Townes
Written by: Tenille Townes, David Pramik and Steph Jones

“It’s ‘Cause I Am” Callista Clark
Written by: Callista Clark, Cameron Jaymes and Laura Veltz

“Lady Like” Ingrid Andress
Written by: Ingrid Andress, Derrick Southerland and Sam Ellis

“Like A Lady” Lady A
Written by: Hillary Scott, Dave Barnes, Michelle Buzz, Martin Johnson and Brandon Paddock

“Raised Right” Reyna Roberts
Written by: Reyna Roberts, Danny Myrick and Kylie Sackley

“Remember Her Name” Mickey Guyton
Written by: Mickey Guyton, Blake Hubbard, Jarrod Ingram and Parker Welling

“Somebody Does” Tigirlily
Written by: Kendra Slaubaugh, Krista Slaubaugh and Zarni Devette

“Things A Man Oughta Know”  Lainey Wilson
Written by: Lainey Wilson, Jason Nix and Jonathan Singleton

“Woman You Got” Maddie & Tae
Written by: Maddie Font, Taylor Kerr, Laura Veltz and Mark Holman


Favorite Breakup Song 
This award goes to an artist whose song was released or reached peak chart position in 2021.

“ABBY” – Travis Denning
Written by: Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins and Chase McGill

“Breakups” – Seaforth
Written by: Liz Rose, Cameron Bedell, Tom Jordan and Mitch Thompson

“Just About Over You” – Priscilla Block
Written by: Priscilla Block, Sarah Jones and Emily Kroll

“Memory I Don’t Mess With” Lee Brice 
Written by: Lee Brice, Billy Montana and Brian Davis

“New Truck” – Dylan Scott
Written by: Hardy, Ashley Gorley, Hunter Phelps and Ben Johnson

“Should Have Known Better” – Jessie James Decker 
Written by: Tom Barnes, Peter Kelleher, Ben Kohn and Madi Yanofsky

“That Ain’t Me No More” – Matt Stell
Written by: Hunter Phelps, Jake Mitchell, Hardy, Nick Donley and Smith Ahnquist

“Truth About You” Mitchell Tenpenny
Written by: Mitchell Tenpenny, Matt Alderman and Thomas Archer

“Villain” – Lily Rose 
Written by: Lily Rose, Kyle Clark and Mackenzie Carpenter

“What He Didn’t Do” – Carly Pearce
Written by: Carly Pearce, Emily Shackelton and Ashley Gorley


Favorite Sentimental Song
This award goes to an artist whose song was released or reached peak chart position in 2021.

“Ain’t Even Met You Yet” – Chris Lane
Written by: Chris Lane, Michael Lotten and Jordan Walker

“Bye Mom” – Chris Janson
Written by: Chris Janson and Brandon Kinney

“Forever After All” – Luke Combs 
Written by: Luke Combs, Drew Parker and Rob Williford 

“Gone But Not Forgotten” – Brantley Gilbert 
Written by: Brantley Gilbert, Brock Berryhill, Jason Blaine and Jay Brunswick

“Knowing You” – Kenny Chesney 
Written by: Adam James, Brett James and Kat Higgins

“Made For Me To Love” – RaeLynn 
Written by: RaeLynn, Drew Kennedy and Ben Stennis

“Made For You” – Jake Owen 
Written by: Joey Hyde, Neil Medley and Benjy Davis

“My Boy” – Elvie Shane
Written by: Elvie Shane, Lee Starr, Nick Columbia and Russell Sutton

“Songs You Never Heard” – Luke Bryan
Written by: Luke Bryan, Luke Laird and Josh Osborne

“The Good Ones” – Gabby Barrett 
Written by: Gabby Barrett, Emily Landis, Jim McCormick and Zachary Kale

“We Didn’t Have Much” – Justin Moore 
Written by: Randy Montana, Jeremy Stover and Paul DiGiovanni


Favorite Viral Song
This award goes to an artist whose song gained notoriety through a viral trend or sound in 2021.

“Beer Beer, Truck Truck” George Birge 
Written by: George Birge and Erynn Chambers

“Fancy Like” Walker Hayes
Written by: Walker Hayes, Cameron Bartolini, Josh Jenkins and Shane Stevens

“I’m A Survivor” Reba
Written by: Shelby Kennedy and Philip White

“Just The Way” Parmalee, Blanco Brown
Written by: Matt Thomas, Kevin Bard and Nolan Sipe

“Neon Moon” Brooks & Dunn
Written by: Ronnie Dunn

“Payin’ For It” Levi Hummon feat. Walker Hayes
Written by: Levi Hummon, Walker Hayes and Eric Arjes

“Redneck Be Like” Thomas Rhett
Written by: Thomas Rhett, Parker Welling, Jordan Reynolds, Josh Miller and Rhett Akins

“Stop Draggin’ Your Boots” Danielle Bradbery
Written by: Josh Kear, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson

Favorite Collaboration 
This award goes to the artists whose collaboration was released or reached peak chart position in 2021.

“Beers On Me” Dierks Bentley, BRELAND, HARDY
Written by: Ashley Gorley, Luke Dick, Ross Copperman, Breland, Hardy and Bentley

“Buy Dirt” Jordan Davis & Luke Bryan
Written by: Jordan Davis, Jacob Davis, Matt Jenkins and Josh Jenkins

“Drinkin’ Beer, Talkin’ God. Amen.” Chase Rice & Florida Georgia Line
Written by: Chase Rice, Hunter Phelps, Cale Dodds and Corey Crowder

“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” Elle King & Miranda Lambert
Written by: Elle King and Martin Johnson

“Famous Friends” Chris Young and Kane Brown
Written by: Chris Young, Corey Crowder and Cary Barlowe

“Freedom Was A Highway” Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley 
Written by: Jimmie Allen, Ash Bowers and Matt Rogers

“Never Wanted To Be That Girl” Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde
Written by: Shane McAnally, Ashley McBryde and Carly Pearce

“Chasing After You” Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris
Written by: Brinley Addington and Jerry Flowers

“Getting Over Him” Lauren Alaina, Jon Pardi
Written by: Lauren Alaina with Emily Weisband and Paul DiGiovanni

“Half Of My Hometown” Kelsea Ballerini, Kenny Chesney
Written by: Kelsea Ballerini, Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon, Shane McAnally and Jimmy Robbins

“If I Didn’t Love You” Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood
Written by: Tully Kennedy, John Morgan, Kurt Allison and Lydia Vaughan

“Thinking ‘Bout You” Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter
Written by: Dustin Lynch, Andy Albert, Hunter Phelps and Will Weatherly


Favorite Debut Album 
This award goes to an artist whose debut album was released between Jan.1 and Nov. 1, 2021.

“Backslider” – Elvie Shane 
Produced by: Oscar Charles

“Bet You’re From a Small Town” – Jameson Rodgers
Produced by: Chris Farren and Jake Mitchell

“Gold Chain Cowboy” Parker McCollum
Produced by: Jon Randall

“Here’s To Anyone” Laine Hardy
Produced by: Michael Knox

“Pelago” Ryan Hurd
Produced by: Ryan Hurd and Aaron Eshuis

“Remember Her Name” Mickey Guyton
Produced by: Nathan Chapman, David Kalmusky, Karen Kosowski, Jimmy Robbins, Johnny Simmen, Andy Skib, Gavin Slate and Forest Whitehead

“Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’” Lainey Wilson
Produced by: Jay Joyce

“Stack of Records” – Larry Fleet 
Produced by: Joey Moi

“Stronger Than I Am” Lily Rose
Produced by: Joey Moi, Matthew Morrisey and Julian Bunetta

“Travelin’ Kind” – Ashland Craft 
Produced by: Jonathan Singleton

Favorite Album
This award goes to an artist whose album was released between Jan.1 and Nov. 1, 2021.

29: Written In Stone – Carly Pearce
Produced by: Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne 

Body Language – Blake Shelton
Produced by: Scott Hendricks 

Country Again: Side A – Thomas Rhett 
Produced by: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure and Matt Dragstrem

Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen 
Produced by: Joey Moi, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Matt Dragstrem and Dave Cohen

Famous Friends – Chris Young
Produced by: Chris Young, Corey Crowder, Mark Holman and Chris DeStefano

Good Things – Dan + Shay
Produced by: Dan Smyers, Jason Evigan, Jordan Reynolds and Scott Hendricks

Heart – Eric Church
Produced by: Jay Joyce

Human (The Double Album) – Cody Johnson
Produced by: Trent Willmon

Same Truck – Scotty McCreery
Produced by: Frank Rogers, Aaron Eshuis and Derek Wells

Star-Crossed – Kacey Musgraves
Produced by: Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian and Kacey Musgraves

Straight Outta The Country – Justin Moore
Produced by: Jeremy Stover

Weekends Look A Little Different These Days – Brett Young 
Produced by: Dann Huff

What a Song Can Do – Lady A
Produced by: Dann Huff, Martin Johnson and Brandon Paddock

Where Have You Gone – Alan Jackson
Produced by: Keith Stegall


Favorite TikTok Artist
This award goes to an artist who gained notoriety through a viral video(s) or sound on TikTok in 2021. 

Alexandra Kay
Ashley Cooke
Bear Bailey
Brandon Davis 
Cooper Alan 
Josh Woods
Kaleb Austin
Noah Schnacky
Ryan Griffin
Spencer Crandall
Thomas Mac 


Favorite Singing Competition Contestant 
This award goes to an artist who gained notoriety by performing on a competition show in 2021.

Alex Miller (American Idol – Season 19) 
Carson Peters (The Voice – Season 21)
Chayce Beckham (American Idol – Season 19) 
Hunter Metts (American Idol – Season 19)
Kenzie Wheeler (The Voice – Season 20) 
Kinsey Rose (The Voice – Season 21)
Lana Scott (The Voice – Season 21) 
Rachel Mac (The Voice – Season 20)

Favorite Breakthrough Artist 
This award goes to an artist who enjoyed breakthrough success in 2021. 

Callista Clark
Drew Parker 
Elvie Shane
Jameson Rodgers
Lainey Wilson
Matt Stell
Mickey Guyton
Parker McCollum
Priscilla Block
Restless Road
Tenille Arts
Travis Denning
Walker Hayes

Favorite Duo or Group 
This award goes to the duo or group. 

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line 
Lady A 
Little Big Town 
Maddie & Tae 
Old Dominion
Pistol Annies
Runaway June
Zac Brown Band 
The Cadillac Three


Favorite Male Artist
This award goes to the artist. 

Blake Shelton
Chris Stapleton
Chris Young
Dustin Lynch
Eric Church
Jason Aldean
Kane Brown 
Lee Brice
Luke Bryan
Luke Combs
Morgan Wallen
Dierks Bentley
Scotty McCreery
Thomas Rhett

Favorite Female Artist
This award goes to the artist. 

Ashley McBryde
Carly Pearce
Carrie Underwood
Gabby Barrett
Kacey Musgraves
Kelsea Ballerini
Lauren Alaina
Lindsay Ell
Maren Morris
Miranda Lambert

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