Gabby Barrett Reacts After Waking Up to News of Four CMA Nominations: ‘Are You Kidding Me?’

“I am just blown away,” Barrett admitted.


Lauren Jo Black

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September 9, 2021

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Gabby Barrett; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

It’s a good morning to be Gabby Barrett!

The songstress awoke to the news that she’s been nominated for four CMA Awards on Thursday morning and she immediately took to social media to share her excitement over the nominations. 

Barrett received nods for Female Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year, as well as Single of the Year and Song of the Year for “The Good Ones.” With a total of four nominations, the American Idol alum is the most nominated female artist on the lineup this year. 

Although she was admittedly a bit sleepy, Barrett shared a video message with fans from her tour bus. 

“Hello everybody. We just woke up, two seconds ago…and my manager Tom just called me told me that I have four nominations at the CMA Awards,” she gushed. “Most nominated female, are you kidding me?!”


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With her daughter, Baylah May, and husband, Cade, by her side, Barrett went on to share what the nominations mean to her and thank everyone who voted for her. 

“Thank y’all so much! That just, I was feeling a little bit tired this morning being on the road and that just woke me up and made me feel better, so thank y’all so much,” she said. “We wanted to come on here all morning hair and swollen faces from sleeping and say thank you so much. Thank you to the country music industry for voting and for being so kind to my songs, both ‘I Hope’ and ‘The Good Ones.’ I’m so excited. Thank you, Robert Deaton. Thank you everybody. I am just blown away, so thank you!”

Barrett is currently on tour with Thomas Rhett and is scheduled to open for Zac Brown Band this weekend. 

Her latest single, “Footprints On The Moon,” is at country radio now. 

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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.