Cole Swindell performed "Ain't Worth the Whiskey" at the 2015 ACM Awards. The song is from Swindell's self-titled eponymous album, which was released in early 2014.

Swindell was nominated for New Artist of the Year, along with Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett, and was named the winner. Swindell is a fan of both of his fellow nominees, but the singer-songwriter acknowledged that he hoped to take home the trophy for himself.

“I want to win it for me and my band, but, you know, the fans and all of you guys that have supported me, country radio as well,” Swindell said of the nomination. “I want to win it and have a chance to represent this format that means a lot to me. But there’s three great nominees, so whoever wins it, honestly it’s going to be great. But I do want to win it.”

The Georgia native admitted before the show that he expected to be a bit anxious about performing during the live broadcast.

"I know I probably will be,” he says. “Just walking into sound check ... kind of let me know that this is real.”

The 31-year-old also co-wrote "This Is How We Roll," which won the ACM Award for Vocal Event of the Year for Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan.

Swindell earned a coveted spot as an opening act on Kenny Chesney‘s 2015 The Big Revival Tour, along with Jake Owen and Chase Rice. He will join the tour on May 2.

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