The biggest night in Arkansas country music will be taking place in June 2020.
That’s right – the Arkansas Country Music Awards will be returning in 2020, taking place at the Maumelle High School auditorium. The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, June 1.
Starting Jan. 1, the general public will be able to nominate their favorite Arkansas country music artists for a range of awards. These categories run the gamut from Entertainer of the Year to Inspirational Artist to Bluegrass Artist and more.
The full list of awards includes: Entertainer, Country Artist, Americana Artist, Bluegrass Artist, Inspirational Artist, Female Vocalist, Male Vocalist, Acoustic Act, Vocal Group, Album, Song, Songwriter, Producer, Engineer, Promoter, Video, Radio Station, Radio DJ, Publication/Blog/Podcast, Venue, Young Artist (age 19 or younger), Bass Player, Fiddle Player, Drummer, Guitar Player, and Steel/Dobro Player.
Nominations can be found at arkansasmusic.org, and the nomination process will close Jan. 21.
In 2019, two artists won three awards. Joanne Cash and Erin Enderlin tied for the most awards during the ceremony with Cash winning Inspirational Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Video of the Year, while Enderlin took the awards for Female Vocalist of the Year (for the second year), Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year (also for the second year).
The “big five” awards went to the following artists in 2019:
Entertainer of the Year: Phil McGarrah & Runnin’ on Empty
Americana Artist of the Year: Bonnie Montgomery
Bluegrass Artist of the Year: Runaway Planet
Country Artist of the Year: Lance Carpenter
In addition, AY Magazine took the award for Publication of the Year.
The 2020 Arkansas Country Music Awards is expected to be bigger than ever. Make sure that you get your tickets for this event, which is always a year’s highlight!