After a monumental 2023, it seems as though country music is finally getting its moment in the mainstream limelight as the nominees for the 2024 People's Choice Awards trickle out.
In previous years, country music and its artists have traditionally blended into the background at the fan-voted awards show, but with two newly expanded categories specifically made for country music – Female Country Artist and Male Country Artist of the Year – it would seem that the format will be quite a key fixture this time around.
Some of the usual suspects found their name on the list for Male Country Artist, including Chris Stapleton, Cody Johnson, HARDY, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen and alt-country juggernaut Zach Bryan.
Similarly, representing the ladies are Ashley McBryde, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Gabby Barrett, Kelsea Ballerini, Megan Moroney, Shania Twain and Lainey Wilson.
Interestingly, though, a handful of those names and other country artists found their way into the all-genre categories for 2024, too, with country-rap maverick Jelly Roll and folk sensation Noah Kahan repeating their Grammy accolades with nods for New Artist of the Year.
Elsewhere, two country groups – Old Dominion and Dan + Shay – will be vying for Group/Duo of the Year, while Wilson stands as the sole country representative for Female Artist of the Year.
Additionally, Bryan and Kacey Musgraves will be battling it out for Collaboration of the Year thanks to their chart-topping hit, 'I Remember Everything'.
Most notably though, Wallen and Combs both appear in four of the same all-genre categories, including Male Artist, Song ('Fast Car' for Combs, 'Last Night' for Wallen), Album (Gettin' Old for Combs, One Thing At A Time for Wallen) and Concert Tour of the Year.
Hosted by celebrated actor Simu Liu, the winners for all categories will be unveiled on Sunday, February 18 as the People's Choice Awards take over the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The show will broadcast live across NBC, Peacock and E!.
Voting for all categories is open through January 19, and we'll be waiting to see who emerges victorious in one of the first award shows of 2024, possibly setting the tone for what's to come for the rest of the year.
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