Rare Country Awards nominees Kane Brown, LANCO and RaeLynn are set to perform at the first-ever Rare Country Awards live concert event on Dec. 14. A livestream of the concert will begin at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT from ACME Feed & Seed in Nashville. Award winners will be revealed during the event, which will be available to stream on social media and on RareCountry.com.
Reigning Rare Country New Artist of the Year Kane Brown scored this year with two nominations, Male Artist and Duet of the Year, the latter for “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina. Both LANCO and RaeLynn are nominated for New Artist of the Year. A complete list of nominees for the 2017 Rare Country Awards is available here.
This was a breakout year for rising star Kane, who made country music history when he became the first artist ever to hit No. 1 on all five “Billboard” country charts. The 24-year-old scored a smash with “What Ifs” alongside childhood friend Lauren Alaina, even dethroning Sam Hunt’s unprecedented 34-week run at the top of the charts. The Rossville, Georgia, native also re-released his self-titled debut album, adding four new songs to the new deluxe edition. Kane also earned his first ACM Award nomination, toured with both Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean and landed a coveted performance spot (alongside Brad Paisley) on the CMA Awards.
Years of hard work all came together for LANCO in 2017 with their Gold-certified hit, “Greatest Love Story,” currently spending its second week at No. 1 on “Billboard’s” Country Airplay chart. That song provided the soundtrack to countless proposals, weddings, and love stories around the country this year, and even reached outside the country format to appear on the all-encompassing “Billboard” Hot 100 chart.
The band’s debut album, “Hallelujah Nights,” is set for a Jan. 19 release, and lead singer Brandon Lancaster wrote or co-wrote every song. The band — which also includes Chandler Baldwin (bass), Jaren Hampton (keyboards), Tripp Howell (drums) and Eric Steedly (guitar) — was founded in 2013 and began recording together after meeting noted record producer Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town) at a Keith Urban concert in Nashville.
RaeLynn had her best year yet in 2017. Following early career success with her Top 10, gold-certified song “God Made Girls,” she released her debut album, “WildHorse,” this year, and it quickly hit No. 1 on “Billboard’s” Top Country Albums chart thanks to powerful songs like “Love Triangle” and “Lonely Call.” The 12-track album, 11 of which were co-written by RaeLynn, is an honest exploration of her life since her 2012 breakthrough on “The Voice,” including her marriage to husband Josh, a member of the U.S. military. She was selected as a 2017 “Country Artist to Watch” by Pandora, Napster, and “Billboard,” and has earned numerous award nominations including the Academy of Country Music Awards’ New Female Vocalist of the Year and the CMT Music Awards’ Breakthrough Video of the Year.
The Rare Country Awards are the first all-digital awards experience to honor the year’s best in country music, as determined by country music fans. The second annual awards celebrate the authenticity of country music and the unique connection between artists and their fans. Fans are able to vote for their favorite artists up to 10 times per day throughout the voting period at RareCountryAwards.com. They also have the opportunity to win a trip to Nashville and attend the concert by voting and registering to win at RareCountryAwards.com by Nov. 30. Voting continues through Dec. 13.