Kane Brown to Receive Breakthrough Artist Award at Music Biz 2019: Exclusive

Kane Brown
Kwaku Alston

Kane Brown photographed on Oct. 8, 2018 in Malibu, Calif.

The Music Business Association will recognize platinum-selling country artist Kane Brown with its Breakthrough Artist Award at the Music Biz 2019 Conference’s Awards & Hall of Fame dinner on May 7 at the JW Marriott Nashville. 

The award is presented to artists who have had a significant impact on the music scene in the past year, and who are poised to propel to new heights. He joins fellow breakthrough honoree Bebe Rexha. Last year’s recipient was Julia Michaels.    

“With a sound uniquely his own, Kane Brown blends traditional southern musicianship with youthful, contemporary lyrics that distinguish him as a driving force in the revitalization of country music,” says Music Biz president James Donio. “Kane has already achieved so much at the age of 25, and with his Kane Brown: Live Forever Tour kicking off in the new year, there’s no sign of him stopping any time soon.”

With his self-titled debut album and hit single “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina, Brown became the first artist to reign atop all five of Billboard’s main country charts at the same time, leading the Top Country Albums, Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Digital Song Sales and Country Streaming Songs lists dated Oct. 28, 2017. 

His second effort, November’s Experiment was one of only three country albums to top the Billboard 200 in 2018 and bowed with the fourth-largest week for any country album in 2018. 

Music Biz 2019 runs May 5-8. In addition to Brown and Rexha, Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Randy Goodman will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement and Record Archive owners Richard Storms and Alayna Alderman will accept the Independent Spirit Award during the May 7 dinner. Def Jam CEO Paul Rosenberg will deliver the keynote address.