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Brad Paisley Reflects On Winning CMA Horizon And Entertainer Awards

By: Nick Upton

November 4, 2017

As Brad Paisley is preparing to co-host this year’s 51st Annual CMA Awards, we flashback to 2000 and 2010 when Brad won the Horizon Award (now known as the New Artist of the Year) and the Entertainer Of The Year Award.

Brad Paisley is one of the few artists to win both the Horizon Award (now known as the New Artist Of The Year), and the Entertainer Of The Year Award.

Brad says that he’s really honored to have won both, because there’s a lot of artists…country music legends…that haven’t won just one of them, never mind both. Brad jokes that the Horizon Award is the CMAs saying “we believe in you” while the Entertainer Award is a “pat on the back.” Brad is very thankful for having his name attached to both awards.

So, how rare is it for an artist to win the Horizon/New Artist Award, and then go on to win Entertainer Of The Year? Since the Horizon/New Artist Award was first handed out in 1981, only 6 artists have been named with both honors.

Ricky Skaggs (Horizon 1982 – Entertainer 1985)
Garth Brooks (Horizon 1990 – Entertainer 1991)
Dixie Chicks (Horizon 1998 – Entertainer 2000)
Brad Paisley (Horizon 2000 – Entertainer 2010)
Keith Urban (Horizon 2001 – Entertainer 2005)
Taylor Swift (Horizon 2007 – Entertainer 2011)

(Note: The CMAs switched the name from the Horizon Award to the New Artist Of The Year Award in 2008)

You can see if anyone else makes history this Wednesday November 8th as Brad paisley co-hosts the 51st Annual CMA Awards.