Country Radio Broadcasters have revealed the nominees for their annual New Faces of Country Music show, which is scheduled as part of Country Radio 2022 Seminar, scheduled for February 23-25, 2022, at the Omni Hotel Nashville. The New Faces of Country Music Show serves as the closing event for the annual country radio seminar and will be held next year on February 25.
This year’s nominees include Gabby Barrett, Priscilla Block, Blanco Brown, Callista Clark, Walker Hayes, Ryan Hurd, Parker McCollum, Niko Moon, Jameson Rodgers, Elvie Shane and Lainey Wilson.
Voting to determine the five artists who will ultimately perform on the New Faces of Country Music Show begins Monday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. CT and will run through Friday, November 19.
This year Barrett scored his second No.1 success with a three-week race to the top of Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart with “The Good Ones”. Also among those who scored number 1 in results on BillboardCountry Airplay’s over the past year have included Brown (“Just The Way”, with Parmalee), Moon (“Good Time”), Shane (“My Boy”), Wilson (“Things a Man Oughta Know”) , McCollum (“Pretty Heart”) and Rodgers (who earned his second No. 1 hit with “Cold Beer Calling My Name” with Luke Combs). Hayes, who released his first single in 2010, scored one of the biggest all-genre hits of the year with “Fancy Like,” which reached number 1 on several Billboard rankings, including Hot Country Songs and Country Streaming Songs, and ranks in the Top 5 out of both Billboard‘Country Airplay chart and Billboard‘s Hot 100 graphic. Hurd’s duet with Maren Morris, “Chasing After You” is in the top 25 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 and in the Top 5 on Billboardthe Country Airplay table from.
The last year brought changes to the voting criteria for the New Faces of Country Music show, to allow for a broader representation of voters in the country music industry. Eligible voters must be full-time employees primarily involved in the programming, promotion and distribution of country music, of the following types of businesses: broadcast radio, satellite radio, television outlets and digital service providers , while expressly excluding those with interests in individual artists or musical works such as labels, managers, agents and publishers.
The annual New Faces of Country Music Show was established in 1970 to spotlight emerging artists who achieved significant success on country radio during the qualifying period, which currently runs from November 1 to October 31. , preceding the New Faces Show.
Artists who have performed on the New Faces of Country Music Show before include Crystal Gayle, Lefty Frizzell, Ruby Falls, Vern Gosdin, Gene Watson, Alabama, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Randy Travis, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, The Chicks, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett and more.