Morgan Wallen Wins Best New Country Artist at 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards

The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards may have been cancelled, but the winners are still being celebrated. Throughout Labor Day Weekend,…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 5, 2020


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Morgan Wallen; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards may have been cancelled, but the winners are still being celebrated.

Throughout Labor Day Weekend, iHeartradio will reveal the winners in various categories via on-air programming and social media posts.

On Friday, Morgan Wallen learned that he was awarded the title of Best New Country Artist.

The “More Than My Hometown” singer appeared in a social media post to accept the honor.

After thanking iHeartRadio for support his music, the superstar thanked those who support him, no matter what.

“Thank you to the fans who have really changed my life, especially over this past year,” he said. “It’s been incredible. Even during quarantine, I’ve just felt the momentum and love from y’all.”

Wallen went on to thank his team, including his management, record label and agents and also his family for their support.

Morgan Wallen is currently nominated for the title of CMA New Artist of the Year. The winner for that award will be crown on November 11.

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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.