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Columbia Nashville golden girl Maren Morris will be honored with the Breakthrough Artist Award at renowned industry convention Music Biz in Nashville on 5/18.
Morris, who's also up for this year's Best New Artist Grammy, released her debut full-length, HERO, in June of last year, and she went on to become the label's first artist of the SoundScan era to top the Country chart with her first album.
It's also worth noting that she's already nabbed the CMA trophy for New Artist of the Year. Lead single "My Church"—now platinum—went Top 10 at Country radio, and follow-up "80s Mercedes" is currently #11.
For comparison, the only achievement we've made since the start of 2016 is the ability to spend more than 48 hours with the covers over our head.
“It’s been a fantastic year for Maren, and we’re happy to recognize her many accomplishments with a Music Biz 2017 Breakthrough Artist Award,” said Music Biz President James Donio. “From writing songs for Tim McGraw, Kelly Clarkson, Brothers Osborne, and the TV show Nashville; to opening shows for Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Loretta Lynn, and Little Big Town; to achieving massive success as a performer on the back of her new album, HERO; Maren has already accomplished more at the young age of 26 than most artists do in a lifetime. We can’t wait to see where she goes from here.”
“Thanks to Music Biz for this Award, and thanks to my fans for making this a truly amazing year for me and my music,” said Morris. “All I ever wanted to do was write songs, so it’s a true gift to see them resonating with so many people. I’ll see you all in Nashville!”