Tenille Townes and Riley Green have been crowned New Female and New Male Artists of the Year at the ACMs ahead of the much-anticipated 55th Academy of Country Music Awards.
ACM Awards host Keith Urban surprised the two singers during Zoom video conferences to deliver the un-expecting news. Not only did they get crowned as New Artist Of The Year but they were also informed that they get to perform on the upcoming ACM Awards, which will broadcast on Wednesday, September 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
“When we had to come off the road back in March, I wasn’t sure what the rest of 2020 would look like,” said Green. “So much has happened in the world since then and I’m really excited to have a moment to play music again. My grandfathers’ love for Country Music is what led me to this moment and I have to dedicate this award to them. Thank you to everyone who believes in my music enough to let this boy from Alabama get to share his songs like this.”
“I’ll always remember this feeling, standing here as a new artist,” said Townes. “I feel so honored and incredibly grateful just to be a part of this Country Music community that inspires me. Receiving this ACM Award feels like belief from that community, and that means so much to me.”
“I will never forget this day for as long as I live,” said Townes to Urban.
The 55th Annual ACM Awards will air Wednesday, Sept. 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network, and will stream live and on-demand on CBS All Access.