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Gabby Barrett wins first-ever American Music Awards

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Gabby Barrett first won the 2021 American Music Awards on Sunday night (November 21), winning trophies in not one but two categories. Her victory was announced during a live broadcast on TikTok ahead of the show, along with a number of other winners in gender-specific and other non-televised categories.

Barrett won Favorite Country Song for his single “The Good Ones”. The song – which Barrett co-wrote – was inspired by her relationship with her husband, Cade Foehner, whom she met while they were both candidates for American idol. When she released it in 2020, “The Good Ones” was the second country radio single of Barrett’s career, and it was also her second No. 1 hit, following her stunning debut, “I Hope.”

At the 2021 AMAs, Barrett’s other win was in the Favorite Country Album category, for Gold mine: The album that produced both “I Hope” and “The Good Ones”. Released in the summer of 2020, it was his first full studio project. Just days before the awards show, Barrett released a deluxe version of Gold mine, expanding the track list with two new original songs, a cover of “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton and a reimagined “Wedding Version” of “The Good Ones”.

Barrett won two of the three categories in which she was nominated for the 2021 AMAs; the third, Favorite Female Country Artist, went to Carrie Underwood. Before Sunday night’s show, she and Underwood were tied for country artist with the most wins, with two apiece.

A number of country actors will perform at the 2021 AMAs, including Underwood and his duo partner Jason Aldean, who will perform their hit “If I Didn’t Love You”. Walker Hayes, Mickey Guyton and Kane Brown also perform on the AMA stage.

The remaining winners of the 2021 American Music Awards will be announced during a live broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. CT on ABC. Rapper Cardi B will host the show.

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You’ll find much more than the 10 best country songs of 2021 on this list.

Our team recruited fans to create 10 superlatives for this mid-year version of the year-end songlist. Best Country Tearjerker? Best country baby maker? Best Country Breakup Song of 2021? Keith Urban, Carly Pearce, Chris Bandi and others help make up this part of the best country song list, while hitmakers like Thomas Rhett and Little Big Town topped the top 10 song list.
Did your favorite song from 2021 make this list? To be considered, the song must have been released in 2021 or have actively appeared on the charts for part of the year (see “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”). New artists including Lainey Wilson, Breland and Triston Marez make the Top 10. Let us know your favorite song of 2021 on Twitter or by email at [email protected]


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