On March 2, Gabby Barrett was honored with the Rising Star Award presented by Honda at the 2022 Billboard Women in Music Awards held at YouTube Theater in Inglewood, CA. The singer-songwriter, who has two No. 1 Billboard country hits under her belt, performed her breakthrough hit “I Hope” with her husband Cade Foehner on guitar, which she co-wrote with Jon Nite and Zachary Kale. Check out her performance, award acceptance speech, red carpet interview, and photos below!
“Thank you Billboard, thank you Honda, very much for all your support. Thank you everybody for being here. I appreciate it very much. Congratulations to all the honorees, it’s an honor to be here tonight, and specifically congratulations to the Hall of Fame member [and 2022 Billboard Women in Icon Award recipient] Bonnie Raitt, the great. You are a wonderful inspiration to so many people. So, thank you very much.”
“I grew up with this big dream. It certainly was not easy. I did not come from a wealthy background, wealthy family. A lot of people doubted me, kids, adults, schoolteachers, you name it. I heard a lot of ‘nos’ and it seemed like every door that I knocked on remained closed for a long time. But, by the graciousness of God I am here today, and I continue to work hard and persevere. So, I dedicate this to all those who dream big, no matter what age you are. You may not see a clear path and others will try to knock you down, certainly. Some days you will want to completely give up and feel absolutely defeated, but try to use any negative comments and situations that you run into along the way as fuel to keep you going. You really can achieve those big dreams that a lot of people may laugh at you for talking about.”
“I receive this Rising Star award with humble gratitude and take it as a responsibility to encourage to be a light for the Lord and inspire others with what I do.” she concluded. Barrett also thanked her mother, mother-in-law, sister, sister-in-laws, and her daughter Baylah May, who recently turned 1.Gabby Barrett (Billboard)
GABBY BARRETT SURPRISED WITH THREE CAREER PLAQUES AHEAD OF BILLBOARD WOMEN IN MUSIC HONOR
Warner Music Nashville’s MULTI-PLATINUM star Gabby Barrett added even more plaques to her goldmine of accolades Wednesday night (3/2), as she was surprosed with three by Billboard News host Chelsea Briggs on the red carpet ahead of Billboard Women in Music 2022 event live from YouTube Theater in Inglewood, CA. The Rising Star Award recipient’s meteoric debut album, GOLDMINE, is now PLATINUM with smash chart-toppers “I Hope” at 6X PLATINUM and “The Good Ones” at 2X PLATINUM.
The only Country artist acknowledged at Billboard Women in Music 2022 with the Rising Star Award presented by Honda, Barrett – in a MAË PARIS dress – was introduced by Honda marketing executive Jessika Laudermilk, in addition to her husband Cade Foehner, before performing an acoustic version of “I Hope” – WATCH NOW. “Backed by Foehner on guitar and harmony, Barrett turned in a soaring, sultry version of the revenge song,” hailed BILLBOARD. Her inspiring speech also made Billboard’s 12 Best Moments roundup – READ HERE. Hosted by Ciara, other honorees included Olivia Rodrigo, Phoebe Bridgers, Doja Cat, Karol G, H.E.R., Bonnie Raitt, Saweetie, Summer Walker, and Golnar Khosrowshahi.
Marking Barrett’s second major honor in less than a week, she was named among Country Radio Broadcasters’ 2022 New Faces of Country Music last Friday (2/25) in Nashville, TN, and is now heading to Las Vegas, NV, to co-host the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards™ on Monday (3/7) live from Allegiant Stadium on Prime Video. The reigning New Female Artist of the Year is up for Female Artist of the Year and is set to perform with co-host Jimmie Allen as well.
Recently announced as an opening guest on select shows of Brooks & Dunn’s anticipated return to arenas on their REBOOT 2022 TOUR, Barrett will also be hitting the road this summer on Jason Aldean’s ROCK N’ ROLL COWBOY TOUR. Fans can find full tour details HERE.Warner Music Nashville