2024 ACM Awards: New Artist Of The Year Winners Announced

Congratulations to Megan Moroney, Nate Smith and Tigirlily Gold on their recent wins.


Madeleine O’Connell

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May 15, 2024


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Megan Moroney, Nate Smith, Tigirlily Gold; Photo Courtesy of ACM

The winners of the 2024 ACM New Artist of the Year categories were announced on Tuesday night (May 14) during the Live from the ACM Awards: ACM New Artist Winners CelebrationMegan Moroney took home ACM New Female Artist of the Year, Nate Smith won ACM New Male Artist of the Year, and Tigirlily Gold claimed ACM New Duo or Group of the Year. 

This special event closed out night one of the ACM Country Kickoff fan festival held at The Star in Frisco, TX, home of the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility. Along with receiving their coveted trophies, all three winners took the stage to deliver live performances, which were streamed live on the Amazon Music Channel on Twitch and hosted by Amber Anderson and Kelly Sutton of Amazon Music’s Country Heat. 

“So So Grateful”

The female artists each took to their respective social media accounts to share in their shock and excitement with fans.

Moroney wrote, “OMG I’M NOT OKAY!!!!!!! thank you @acmawards for the honor & huge thank you to my fans (y’all were insane last night)… best in the world.. so so grateful 🥰😭😇💘”

“We just won our first ACM AWARD!!!,” said Tigirlily Gold. “This is 11 years of long days, short nights, ups and downs, and never giving up. Thank you to the @acmawards for this incredible honor. We are absolutely beside ourselves. More to come later… 😭🤯💕”

More Performances To Come This Week

Moroney, Smith and Tigirlily Gold will also showcase their award-winning talent on Thursday, May 16 when they each perform as part of the 59th Academy of Country music Awards show programming. The “I’m Not Pretty” singer will put on special performance during the ACM Awards Red Carpet Show, Smith will deliver his ACM Awards debut performance in a special collaboration with pop-rock sensation Avril Lavigne and the sister duo will also take the ACM Awards stage for the very first time. 

Nate Smith, Avril Lavigne; ACM Performers
Nate Smith, Avril Lavigne; ACM Performers

The excitement continues Wednesday night (May 15), when fans return to The Star for the second and final day of the ACM Country Kickoff. Tonight’s event is set to feature a special treat as ACM Award winner Scotty McCreery has been recently announced as the final performer of the evening. 

Other events taking place throughout the week include ACM Songs & Stories brunch and Parker McCollum and Friends: ACM Lifting Lives LIVE out on the green at Topgolf – The Colony.

How To Watch The 2024 ACM Awards

ACM Awards Performers
ACM Awards Performers

ACM Awards’ star-studded week will come to a close with the 59th Academy of Country Music Awards on Thursday, May 16, at the Ford Center at The Star. 

The celebratory night will kick off with the Official ACM Awards Red Carpet Show presented by Prime Video and Amazon Music and will air on Prime Video and the Amazon Music channel on Twitch starting at 7 p.m. EDT.

Then, hosted by 16-time ACM Award-winning entertainment icon, Reba McEntire, the 59th ACM Awards will stream live at 8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT / 5 p.m. PDT exclusively on Prime Video. This special occasion allows fans who do not have a Prime membership to still stream the “Party of the Year” for FREE on amazon.com/acmawards.

Viewers can expect a lineup of epic performances from Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Post Malone, Parker McCollum, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, and Lainey Wilson, Reba McEntire and more. Additionally, the show will feature can’t-miss collaborations from Kelsea Ballerini and Noah Kahan; Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani; and Nate Smith featuring Avril Lavigne.

limited number of tickets to attend the show are still available for purchase. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.