Jimmie Allen is making history at the 2021 ACM Awards and hopes he won’t be the last.
The country’s superstar is already heading into the weekend with a trophy in hand. Allen won the New Male Artist of the Year award before Sunday’s ceremony, making him the first black artist to win in the category.
“For me, it shows where the world has gone, in terms of including everyone,” she told ET’s Rachel Smith while co-hosting Friday’s show. “It’s a beautiful thing. I hope that even though I’m the first, I won’t be the last.”
And it wasn’t, as earlier this week Kane Brown also became the first black artist to win Video of the Year for his song “Worldwide Beautiful.” Brown is also nominated for Album of the Year for Mixtape Vol. 1. The nomination made him the first black country artist to be nominated in the category.
Meanwhile, Allen will take the stage during MCAs to perform his hit song, “Freedom Was a Highway.”
“It’s definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment,” Allen said. “The song is just about the favorite streets that I grew up driving on and in love with the neighbor’s older sister. When the hardest decision you had to make was what kind of cereal you would eat in the morning.”
The song also features Brad Paisley, but Allen would not deny or confirm if his singing partner would be joining him on Sunday night.
There are many things on the horizon for Allen, who also wrote his first children’s book, titled My voice is a trumpet.
“The book teaches children to use their voice at an early age. Know that it is okay to congratulate people,” Allen said. “But also use your voice to speak for people who cannot speak for themselves.
Expect to see Allen and many more country superstars take the stage at the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards.
The ACMs will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET (delayed PT) on Sunday, April 18, as well as live and on-demand on Paramount +.