Nashville’s leading music industry publication, MusicRow Magazine, has released its 2023 MusicRow Awards print issue, which highlights this year’s MusicRow Awards nominees in a range of categories, including Producer of the Year, Label Group of the Year, Talent Agency of the Year, Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year, Breakthrough Artist-Writer of the Year, Male Songwriter of the Year, Female Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year, Discovery Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Male Artist of the Year, Group/Duo Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.
The winners for the 35th annual MusicRow Awards will be announced virtually among multiple MusicRow platforms on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023. Presenting Sponsor of the 2023 MusicRow Awards is City National Bank. This print issue also honors the Top 10 Album All-Star Musicians Awards, which will also be announced on Sept. 12, recognizing the studio players who played on the most albums reaching the Top 10 of Billboard’s Country Albums Chart during the eligibility period.
“Now in its 35th year, the MusicRow Awards are Nashville’s longest running music industry trade publication honors and celebrate the achievements of songwriters, artists, producers and more,” says MusicRow owner/publisher Sherod Robertson. “With awards selected by insiders in the industry, it’s these nods from peers, who know first-hand what it takes to get to that level, that serve as a well-deserved pat on the back and recognition for a job well done.”
Stoney Creek Records’ genre-blending artist Jelly Roll graces the cover of the 2023 MusicRow Awards print issue.
Entertainment phenomenon singer-songwriter Jelly Roll independently built a remarkable career, under the radar and on his own terms. Since his days selling his mixtapes out of his car, he has been constantly releasing new music, touring relentlessly, consistently topping various charts, engaging a rabid fanbase and creating videos that have amassed more than four billion views on YouTube. He pairs deeply personal lyrics with music to create a sound that is therapeutic, raw and tackles the heaviness of life: Real Music for Real People With Real Problems.
Jelly Roll released his debut country project, Whitsitt Chapel, in June of 2023. It became the largest country debut album in Billboard Consumption chart history–earning the singer-songwriter another milestone after he topped Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart for more than 28 weeks, the longest reign for an artist in the chart’s existence. Jelly co-wrote all 13 tracks on the album, including his breakthrough viral single “Save Me”—a confessional, vulnerable expression of self-doubt—which has earned RIAA Platinum certification, as well as his multi-week chart-topping single, “Need A Favor.”
Born and raised in Nashville’s Antioch neighborhood, the former drug addict and dealer draws from his personal experiences to tell the story of a man who has been through the ringer and isn’t afraid to share his raw truth. The three-time CMT Award winning artist has had a history-making “breakthrough year” (American Songwriter), selling out the Ryman Auditorium as well as his hometown’s Bridgestone Arena, which he filled with over 18,000 fans, earning two No. 1s at country radio and multi-week hits at rock radio simultaneously, launching his 44-date arena “Background Baptism Tour,” and releasing an all-access documentary of his life at home and on the road, Jelly Roll: Save Me, on Hulu.
The 2023 MusicRow Awards print issue also delves into the sales, streaming and social media impact that major country music awards shows have on an artist’s career, and highlights the upcoming inaugural People’s Choice Country Awards.
In this issue, Lainey Wilson looks back on the past two years after receiving her first industry award—a MusicRow Award in 2021. The MusicRow Awards print issue also contains an informative roundup of all the awards applicable to the Nashville music industry.
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