Looks like this Texas star is closing the year on a high note with an amazing honor Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP
Maren Morris performs “My Church” at the CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

Country music’s newest hotshot Maren Morris has been on a roll all year long. The stunning star, who said that she watched the CMA Awards from a Nashville bar in 2015, took home the trophy for CMA New Artist of the Year at the annual ceremony in 2016.

Talk about a major accomplishment!

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But, that’s not the only career highlight that Maren was awarded this year. In fact, a number of successes were crossed off of her bucket list including her debut album, “Hero,” topping the Billboard’s Top Country Album charts. Then on Dec. 10, the 26-year-old singer-songwriter made her debut as the musical guest on the long-running sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live.”

Now, Maren has yet another reason to be proud. According to, Mayor Jeff Williams visited Maren at her parents’ downtown Arlington, Texas salon and declared Dec. 27 to be Maren Morris Day. Maren was also given the special flag that flew over the state capitol building when she received her CMA Award trophy back in November.

Maren took to Twitter to share her excitement about the new honor. She wrote, “I had the honor of receiving a city proclamation by the mayor of Arlington that states today, Dec 27th, is Maren Morris day! So cool!”

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It certainly looks like Maren will be starting 2017 on a high note, too. In fact, she’s going into the new year with four nominations at the upcoming Grammy Awards. Not only that, but she is also set to launch her Hero Tour on Feb. 2 at The Bowery Ballroom in New York. Maren plans to give all of the proceeds from her meet and greets with fans to the fine arts program of Arlington Bowie High School, where she previously attended school.

Congratulations, Maren!

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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