If there was any debate on who the most popular artist in country music is, last night all but settled it.
It’s one thing to dominate the country genre; it’s another thing to dominate the entire awards show. That’s exactly what Wallen did last night at the BBMAs.
On top of winning every single country award that he was nominated for including artist, male artist, touring artist, album and song, he also took home major all-genre awards.
Wallen took home key awards such as Top Male Artist, Top 100 Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album. With the simultaneous Top 100 Artist and Top 200 Album win, it’s the first time one artist has swept both awards in the same year since Usher won in 2004 with Confessions and his smash hit, Yeah!.
With these wins, Wallen beat out the likes of streaming giants, Drake, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, SZA and Miley Cyrus.
Wallen‘s BBMA wins include the following:
- Top Male Artist
- Top Hot 100 Artist
- Top Streaming Songs Artist
- Top Country Artist
- Top Country Male Artist
- Top Country Touring Artist
- Top Billboard 200 Album (One Thing at a Time)
- Top Country Album (One Thing at a Time)
- Top Hot 100 Song (Last Night)
- Top Streaming Song (Last Night)
- Top Country Song (Last Night)
Wallen was not in attendance, instead, he accepted his awards and performed ‘98 Braves fittingly at Truist Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, before his back-to-back, soldout shows there. John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, key pitchers on the titular 1998 Braves team, introduced Wallen.
Smoltz added, “We may have come close in ’98, but this guy really hit it out of the park tonight.“
While accepting his 11 awards, Wallen said, “The last awards show I went to, we came home empty-handed. This one, I don’t have enough hands for them all. So either way, I promise I’m gonna stay the same, whether we come home with 10 or zero. I’m gonna give y’all my all, every single night and every time I go into the studio. … All these awards are really, it’s for my fans. So thank you guys so much.”
This year’s wins for Wallen put him at 15 career BBMA wins, grounding him in second place all-time behind Garth Brooks (20) for a country artist.
Listen to his acceptance speech and performance of ’98 Braves here: