Beyond the Horizon

CMA Awards ‘New Artist of the Year’ winners consistently prove they deserve to be hanging with Country Music veterans.

The CMA Awards’ ‘New Artist of the Year’ title recognizes the Country Music artist or group that has, for the first time, shown the most significant growth in performance, professionalism, and chart activity throughout the year. It all began in 1981 with Teri Gibbs as the inaugural winner. What was then called the ‘Horizon Award’, grew in prestige and tradition until it was officially renamed ‘New Artist of the Year’ in 2007. Since then, this Award has developed into an honor that recognizes extraordinary potential and paves the way for future success in Country Music. Because artists are only eligible for this Award for their freshman and sophomore albums, the winners belong to an esteemed group that rose to the top during the competitive, “make-it-or-break-it” time in their careers.

If history tells us anything about the future, you can expect to see these names around for a while. Their talent is undeniable, and ‘New Artist of the Year’ winners rarely disappoint. If you asked us, we’d say the CMA voters know how to pick ‘em!

Joining the ranks with superstars Randy Travis, Garth Brooks, LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban, many of the recent ‘New Artist of the Year’ winners are now some of the most successful figures in Country Music. Here are the past 10 ‘New Artist of the Year’ winners and the hits that catapulted them to the CMA Awards stage.


2003: Joe Nichols, after “The Impossible” and “Brokenheartsville” from Man With A Memory


2004: Gretchen Wilson, after “Redneck Woman” and “Here for the Party” from Here for the Party


2005: Dierks Bentley, after “Settle for a Slowdown” and “Come a Little Closer” from Modern Day Drifter

awards06__win__underwood__carrie_horizon_2_55402006: Carrie Underwood, after “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats” from Some Hearts

41st CMA Awards2007: Taylor Swift, after “Tim McGraw” and “Teardrops on My Guitar” from Taylor Swift

awards08_win_newartist_8826_101052008: Lady Antebellum, after “Love Don’t Live Here” and “Lookin’ for a Good Time” from Lady Antebellum

awards09_win_rucker_newartist_2892_141372009: Darius Rucker, after “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It” and “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” from Learn to Live

awards10_win_newartist_3602_176472010: Zac Brown Band, after “Chicken Fried” and “Toes” from The Foundation


2011: The Band Perry, after “If I Die Young” and “You Lie” from The Band Perry


2012: Hunter Hayes, after “Storm Warning” and “Wanted” from Hunter Hayes

The ‘New Artist of the Year’ nominees for “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” are:

Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Kacey Musgraves, Kip Moore

To find out who the 2013 New Artist of the Year will be, join us LIVE for the “The 47th Annual CMA Awards,” Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 8|7c on ABC.

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One Response to Beyond the Horizon

  1. Donna Smith says:

    Lets hope they represent Country Music not rock or Rap!

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