Carly Pearce Crowned ACM Female Artist of the Year: ‘Mom and Dad, I Did It!’

“I want you to know that country music is everything to me,” Pearce humbly shared.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 7, 2022


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Carly Pearce; Photo by Getty Images for ACM Awards

The 2022 ACM Female Artist of the Year is Carly Pearce!

The superstar and Kentucky native was surprised with the honor during the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards on Monday evening (March 7). It was her first-ever win in the category. 

“Man! Y’all, I truly don’t know how to put this into words to you, but this is all I’ve ever wanted to do in the whole world and I feel like the last couple of years of my life – especially just the last year – has been the craziest thing in the whole world,” Pearce excitedly shared from the ACM Awards stage inside Allegiant Stadium. 

She went on to tribute fellow female artists as well as her family and team. 

“I feel so honored just to be a female amongst all of the females that I love so much and I want to thank my record label, Big Machine Records, Morris Higham Management, country radio… country fans,” she said. “You guys have let me tell my truth and I feel like you found my truth – you found your truth inside of my songs.”

Pearce continued, “I just, I want you to know that country music is everything to me and I just love you guys so much. God bless you guys. Mom and dad, I did it! Thank you guys!”


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Also nominated for ACM Female Artist of the Year were Gabby Barrett, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, and Maren Morris.

Prior to the show, Pearce also won the ACM Award for Music Event of the Year for “Never Wanted To Be That Girl” featuring McBryde. The superstars performed the song during the livestream.

The 57th Academy of Country Music Awards aired on Monday, March 7, exclusively on Prime Video at 8/7c. 

Co-hosted by global icon Dolly Parton with Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett, the two-hour show livestreamed without commercials and featured 20+ performances from some of country music’s hottest superstars and rising newcomers.

Carly Pearce; Photo by Getty Images for ACM Awards
Carly Pearce; Photo by Getty Images for ACM Awards

The performance lineup included Parker McCollum and Lainey Wilson, who were crowned this year’s New Male and New Female Artist of the Year, respectively as well as Barrett, Allen, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Walker Hayes, Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Lady A and Kelly Clarkson.

“The concert event of the year” also included several collaborations, including Parton featuring Kelsea Ballerini (“Big Dreams & Faded Jeans”), BRELAND featuring Thomas Rhett (“Praise The Lord”), Jordan Davis (“Buy Dirt,” feat. Luke Bryan), Brothers Osborne and Brittney Spencer (“These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”), Parmalee and Blanco Brown featuring Brooke Eden (“Just the Way”), Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde (“Never Wanted to Be That Girl”), and Chris Young featuring Mitchell Tenpenny (“At the End of a Bar”).

Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde; Photo by Kevin Winter, Getty Images for ACM
Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde; Photo by Kevin Winter, Getty Images for ACM

The 2022 ACM Awards presenters included Alan Ritchson (actor, Reacher), Derek Carr (quarterback, Las Vegas Raiders), Guy Torry (comedian, Phat Tuesdays), James Patterson (author, Run Rose Run), Jason Aldean, Kelsey Asbille (actor, Yellowstone), Luke Grimes (actor, Yellowstone), Mickey Guyton, and Tom Pelphrey (actor, Outer Range).

The ACM Awards made history as the first major awards show to livestream exclusively as it streamed live on Prime Video in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.