MusicRow Magazine Announces Winners For 2020 CountryBreakout Awards

  • Eight CountryBreakout Award categories recognized spins on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart for the prior year
  • Indie performers Joe Hanson and Shane Owens offered live performances
  • FirstBank was Presenting Sponsor of the 2020 MusicRow CountryBreakout Awards
NASHVILLE, TNMusicRow, Nashville’s leading music industry publication, held its annual CountryBreakout Awards before a group of radio gatekeepers and MusicRow Magazine members on Wednesday (Feb. 19) during the 18th Annual Country Radio Meet & Greet and CountryBreakout Awards. This year’s event featured music from Joe Hanson and Shane Owens. FirstBank was this year’s Presenting Sponsor.

Held in advance of the 2020 Country Radio Seminar (CRS), the event was again held at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville. Winners were calculated from spin performance on the CountryBreakout Radio Chart in 2019.

This year’s winners included Male Artist of the Year Luke Combs (River House Artists/Columbia Nashville), Female Artist of the Year Carrie Underwood (Capitol Records Nashville), Group/Duo of the Year Old Dominion (RCA Nashville), Breakout Artist of the Year Riley Green (BMLG Records) and Independent Artist of the Year Smith & WesleyCapitol Records Nashville was honored with Label of the Year for the 16th year, while Round Hill Music’s Ashley Gorley was named Songwriter of the Year for the third time; Gorley authored nine songs over the past year that hit No. 1 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart. This year’s Reporter of the Year is KBOE’s Steve Shettler.

MusicRow Magazine’s 2020 Country Radio Issue, with MCA Nashville artist Sam Hunt gracing the cover, also released today.

This issue also spotlights YouTube’s Copeland Isaacson and Margaret Hart, takes an inside look at country radio tours with Trea Landon, highlights playlist creation with WCFT’s Shelly Marx and explores artist-led podcasts such as those launched (or in the works) by MidlandKelleigh BannenReba McEntire and more.

The magazine will be available throughout CRS week at the Omni Nashville Hotel and members will receive their copy of the MusicRow Country Radio issue by mail. To be added to the mailing list and to receive your copy, become a member of MusicRow Magazine at

Male Artist of the Year: Luke Combs
Female Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood
Group/Duo of the Year: Old Dominion
Breakout Artist of the Year: Riley Green
Independent Artist of the Year: Smith & Wesley
Label of the Year: Capitol Records Nashville
Songwriter of the Year: Ashley Gorley
Reporter of the Year: Steve Shettler (KBOE/Oskaloosa, Iowa)

Single copies of MusicRow’s 2020 Country Radio Issue are available for purchase at for $20, and are included with yearly MusicRow memberships.

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow Chart Director Alex Parry, Smith & Wesley, and MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson. Photo: Steve Lowry

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow Chart Director Alex Parry, KBOE’s Steve Shettler, and MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson. Photo: Steve Lowry

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson, Ashley Gorley, and MusicRow Chart Director Alex Parry. Photo: Steve Lowry

Pictured (L-R): Kiersten Suarez, Ben Kann, Diane Richey, BMLG’s Michelle Kammerer, MusicRow Chart Director Alex Parry, and MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson. Photo: Steve Lowry

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson, MusicRow Chart Director Alex Parry, and River House Artists’ Lynn Oliver-Cline. Photo: Steve Lowry

Pictured (L-R): MusicRow Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson, Capitol Records Nashville’s Bobby Young, and MusicRow Chart Director Alex Parry. Photo: Steve Lowry

Joe Hanson. Photo: Steve Lowry

Shane Owens. Photo: Steve Lowry

About Music Row Enterprises: For more than 35 years MusicRow Magazine has been Nashville’s foremost music industry trade publication. Known for its candid voice and accuracy, music executives rely on the outlet for exclusive reviews, breaking news, and in-depth coverage. MusicRow delivers six print magazines per year to members. Among these are the valuable directory issues: InCharge, Artist Roster, Publisher Issue and Touring Issue. The company hosts three annual events including the Country Radio Meet & Greet and CountryBreakout Awards, Rising Women on the Row honors, and the member-voted MusicRow Awards. Music Row Enterprises is home to other industry-related products, including song pitch sheet RowFax, the MusicRow CountryBreakout Radio Chart and the MusicRow Top Songwriter Chart.

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