January 28th, 2021


New Music Weekly has announced its nominees for the 2021 New Music Awards. Based on chart activity in 2020, the nominees also had help from an online ballot that allowed subscribers and music fans a hand in the nomination process. Top40 leaders for best single include “Blinding Lights” by the Weeknd, “Diamonds” from Sam Smith & “Dynamite” by BTS among others. Male pop artists range from Harry Styles, Justin Bieber & Lewis Capaldi while the female pop artist category includes Ariana Grande & Ava Max among others. The Country field found song nominees from “God Whispered Your Name” by Keith Urban to “Happy Anywhere” by Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani among other leaders in that field. Country Male Artists included Chris Lane, Blake Shelton, Kane Brown leading the pack & Best Female Artists ranged from Gabby Barrett, Carly Pearce to Carrie Underwood. There are also numerous independent artists that have been singled out. Nominations also include radio stations, programmers, record labels and music industry professionals. The New Music Weekly sight has now listed their nominees and once NMW subscribers along with music fans can now vote for their favorites to have an impact in the final outcome. Please reach out to NMW for any and all advertising opportunities to help turn nominations into well-deserved wins. Visit for a complete list of the NMA Nominees for 2021. Photo: NMA Nominee Garrett Young


  1. Justin Yee says:

    I really hope my favorite Indie artists get nominated and then win. Lots of good indie music out there in 2020. Something was good about that year. I look for Blake and Gwen to sweep it–and they should! Talk about a power couple, right?

    Justin Yee
    San Diego, CA

    • Butter Hayes says:

      Blake and Gwen better walk away with a lot. They were the absolute best of the bunch last year and into this year as well. On the indie side of the world, really like Garrett Young and his sister Callie.

      Butter Hayes
      Memphis, TN

  2. Zoe Zuckerman says:

    I am a huge Gabby Barrett fan. I think she is one of the most talented singers out there today. She deserves to be a big winner.

    Zoe Zuckerman
    Pittsburgh, PA

  3. Alexa Quinn says:

    Love the photo of Garrett Young. He deserves to win along with Eileen Carey who gives us good songs year after year. When this health crisis ends, I can’t wait to see some of my favorites in concert. In the meantime, the music gets us through. Thanks to all the artists.

    Alexa Quinn
    San Francisco, CA

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