The Academy of Country Music announced two early winners from the upcoming 55th ACM Awards: Tenille Townes was named New Female Artist of the Year and Riley Green was awarded New Male Artist of the Year.

The 55th ACM Awards will air live from Nashville on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, taking place at three iconic Nashville institutions: the Grand Ole Opry House, The Bluebird Cafe and Ryman Auditorium. Keith Urban will host the show for the first time and he surprised both Tenille and Riley with the news in separate videos, which you can watch at the links below.

See Tenille Townes Awarded Best New Female Artist of the Year

See Riley Green Awarded Best New Male Artist of the Year

Keith Urban Surprises ACM Awards’ 2020 New Artists Winners


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