New Artist Nominees React to CMA Awards Nominations
The CMA Awards’ New Artist of the Year nominees are speaking out about their nominations.
Cole Swindell shared a heartfelt speech in a video for his fans.
“Thank you so much, CMA, for the nomination,” Swindell says. “Fans, without you all, I would have never had a shot at this. I thought it was a long shot anyway, so thank you all for all your support, showing up at my shows, buying my albums, all these things that you all have done for me … I’m so humbled, so grateful, and I want you all to know that this just fires me up. The fact that I got nominated makes me want to bust my butt even harder.”
Thomas Rhett says he knows exactly what he’ll do if he hears his name called during the ceremony.
“I’ll probably cry,” he admits to Rolling Stone Country. “I cry during Nicholas Sparks movies, so if I win the award, I’ll probably be in tears. All my artist buddies make fun of me for being such a sensitive human being.”
Still, the ‘Make Me Wanna’ singer adds that being named in the category comes with its own set of pressures.
“I’m not exactly saying that, as a new artist, you have to fit into most of what the headliners are doing,” he says, “but there’s a part of you that feels like it has to put out songs that are hits. If a new artist wants to put out some sort of off-the-wall, crazy-deep ballad about the sun or whatever, it might be hard to get traction. It’s so much easier for someone established to put out a really heartfelt, deep song and get it played in radio.”
just heard the news about cma nomination..no way to express my gratitude through a tweet. So many involved w this, so thanks to all!
— Kip Moore (@KipMooreMusic) September 3, 2014
Holy peanut butter pancakes! Woke up to being nominated for @CountryMusic CMA awards New artist of the year! Love yans:)
— Brett Eldredge (@bretteldredge) September 3, 2014
Thanks for all the tweets about the CMA nominations today. I grew up on the CMA Awards and so being a part of them is a dream come true!!!!!
— Brandy Clark (@TheBrandyClark) September 4, 2014
Kacey Musgraves took home the New Artist of the Year trophy last year. She’s nominated for two awards this year, for Female Vocalist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for ‘Follow Your Arrow.’
The 48th annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 8 PM ET on ABC.