MusicRow Names Award After Industry Legend: The Robert K. Oermann Discovery Artist Of The Year Award

Robert K. Oermann. Photo: Haley Crow/MusicRow

In its 31st year, the MusicRow Awards has expanded it’s honors to include a total of 11 categories, one of which is the Discovery Artist of the Year award. MusicRow is proud to announce that the Discovery Award has been named the Robert K. Oermann Discovery Artist of the Year Award.

The award’s namesake, Robert K. Oermann, is a legendary music journalist who, during his 40-year career, has written for Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Esquire and TV Guide. In the 1980s he became the first country music reporter and critic for USA Today, and spent 12 years with The Tennessean. MusicRow Magazine has featured Oermann’s infamous single reviews and editorial contributions since its inception in 1981.

“It is our sincere honor to name the newly minted Discovery Artist of the Year award after the incomparable Robert K. Oermann,” says MusicRow‘s Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson. “Oermann’s contribution to this publication and the Nashville music industry is immeasurable. Artists and their industry team members have sought Oermann’s anointing stroke of the pen ever since he published his very first song review in MusicRow magazine in 1981. As a champion of country music for many decades, he has cheered both superstars and newcomers alike and has always been an early adopter of new deserving talent. The respect this industry has for Oermann is tremendous—so naming this award after him is a perfect fit and well deserved.”

Nominated for the inaugural Robert K. Oermann Discovery Award this year is Caylee Hammack, HARDY, Tyler Rich, Seaforth, Tenille Townes and Hailey Whitters. The award will honor a Nashville developing artist who demonstrates significant talent and potential to rise, and will be announced tonight (June 26) at the 31st annual MusicRow Awards.

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LB Rogers is Project Manager at MusicRow magazine. She heads up specific, large-scale projects for the company and assists in day-to-day tasks. LB also manages the MusicRow Top Songwriter Chart and contributes editorial for both the print and online platforms. She joined MusicRow full time in January of 2019, after interning and working part time for the company for a year. She is from Blairsville, Georgia and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Music Business degree in 2018.

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