Sam Hunt is one of the three rising stars up for the New Artist of the Year award Sunday at the 50th ACM Awards, but he knows he still needs to prove himself to country fans.
“I feel like we are very new to this world,” he said in a recent interview, “and we have a long way to go and definitely still have to prove our being worthy of belonging.”
His debut country album, ‘Montevallo’, is one of the best selling of the year and launched him into one of the hottest acts of the year but, he knows some traditionalists don’t consider his style country. It seems like he’s using that as motivation to press on and prove that country music has no boundaries and is part of the inspiration behind his unique style.
“A lot of times, songs can blend together on the radio because there’s so many great songs out there,” he says. “I wasn’t intentionally trying to be different, but that was an element of what I naturally do that happened to be unique enough to spark a curiosity for people.”
Sam is up against Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell for New Artist of the Year at Sunday’s ACM Awards, but says simply making it to the final three is an occasion worth celebrating.
Source: Taste Of Country