Carly Pearce Wins Favorite Breakup Song For ‘What He Didn’t Do,’: ‘This Means Everything’

“Fans, you have blown me away with this song,” Pearce shared.


Lauren Jo Black

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December 8, 2021


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Carly Pearce; Photo by Allister Ann

Superstar Carly Pearce put her heart on her sleeve with the release of her projects 29 and 29: Written In Stone. She channeled her heartbreak into her music, and it paid off more than she could have ever imagined as fans far and wide have resonated with the deeply personal songs on the projects.

One song that fans immediately connected with is “What He Didn’t Do,” so it comes as no surprise that the song was voted Favorite Breakup Song at the inaugural Country Now Awards.


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Katie Austin, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Rookie and host of the Austin AF Podcast, made a special appearance during the Country Now Awards livestream to announce the winner of the Favorite Breakup Song category.

“Oh my goodness. This one means extra for me to win Favorite Breakup Song for ‘What He Didn’t Do.’ Country Now, thank you so much,” the Kentucky native excitedly shared.

She then showed her appreciation to those who voted.

“Fans, you have blown me away with this song,” Pearce went on to say. “I played this in a little club in Nashville and put it on the album because I knew that you guys loved it so much just from that little video that somebody posted on the internet and just to see the way that you’ve streamed it and bought it and loved it, thank you. This song is so special to me and this means everything.”

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The Inaugural Country Now Awards streamed on Wednesday, December 8. The winners in the 14 categories were determined by fan votes placed between November 15 and November 30 on Over 1.1 million total votes were cast.

Hosted by Country Now’s Lauren Black, the Country Now Awards featured special appearances by Brantley Gilbert, Carly Pearce, Chayce Beckham, Chelcie Lynn (a.k.a. Trailer Trash Tammy), Elle King, ERNEST, Jameson Rodgers, Jimmie Allen, Kaleb Austin, Katie Austin, Kierra Lewis, Lindsay Ell, Morgan Wallen, and Walker Hayes.

George Birge, HARDY, Jameson Rodgers, Jimmie Allen, Lainey Wilson, Restless Road and Lily Rose also performed.

The Country Now Awards live stream was in support of the Love Music. Stop Cancer. Campaign to raise awareness and support for kids with cancer and other catastrophic diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. Visit to learn more about Love Music. Stop Cancer.

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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.