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Gabby Barrett Wins Big at the BBMAs

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Gabby Barrett had a great night at the Billboard Music Awards, which took place on Sunday. Not only did she win Top Female Country Artist, but her song featuring Charlie Puth, 'I Hope', took top honors in two categories, Top Country Song and the fan-voted Top Collaboration.

'I Hope' earned the title of longest-running No. 1 by a solo female act on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Barrett ousted Maren Morris' track 'The Bones', which held that accolade for 19 weeks.

The wins at the BBMAs are just the latest icing on the cake for Barrett, who also won New Female Artist of the Year at the 56th Annual ACM Awards in April.

Elsewhere, Florida Georgia Line won Top Country Duo/Group, while Morgan Wallen walked away with three major prizes even though he'd been banned from performing or participating in the show. Wallen won Top Country Artist, Top Male Country Artist and Top Country Album for his second album Dangerous.

If you're wondering how the winners are chosen, the BBMAs says it factors in "key fan interactions with music," which include sales, streaming, airplay and social engagement.

Earlier this year, Wallen was captured on camera using a racial slur, which caused his record label to suspend him and radio stations to pull his songs from airplay, among other consequences. Despite all of that, Dangerous continued at the No. 1 spot for over 10 weeks on the Billboard charts. In the aftermath, he released a video apology and asked fans not to defend him.

Ahead of the awards, the BBMAs clarified that Wallen would not be taking part even though he was nominated. "Morgan Wallen is a finalist this year based on charting," the show stated in a press release. "As his recent conduct does not align with our core values, we will not be including him on the show in any capacity (performing, presenting, accepting). It is heartening and encouraging to hear that Morgan is taking steps in his anti-racist journey and starting to do some meaningful work. We plan to evaluate his progress and will consider his participation in future shows."