Thirty-four weeks. That’s how long Sam Hunt’s mega-hit “Body Like a Back Road” dominated “Billboard’s” Hot Country Songs Chart before being dethroned by none other than fellow Rare Country Awards nominees Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina. The single has already achieved Platinum certification four times over.
The singer was honored with the first-ever “Song of the Year” Award at the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year gala. Plus, the song is on track to end the year as the most-downloaded and most-streamed country song of 2017. The blockbuster hit also saw the superstar officially crossing genres, as Top 40 radio embraced the single.
In April, the Georgia native wed his longtime on-again, off-again girlfriend Hannah Lee Fowler in an intimate ceremony in his home state. Meanwhile, Sam sold out venues across the country with his “15 in a 30 Tour,” featuring special guests Maren Morris and Chris Jansen. The outing saw Sam selling out New York’s Madison Square Garden for the first time as a headliner, where his parents and his grandmother were front and center for the debut performance.
While he’s hard at work on his follow-up to 2014’s record-breaking debut “Montevallo,” the hit maker hasn’t unveiled a release date for the hotly anticipated LP. Instead, he’s promised fans he’ll release singles as he goes until his full-length sophomore set is complete.
Sam is now nominated for Male Artist of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Voting begins Nov. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com and runs until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert on Dec. 14.