The song was featured on his project, Mixtape Vol. 1, released last August. That EP is also nominated for Album of the Year.
Brown’s win isn’t the only unprecedented event at this year’s 56th annual ceremony.
Country singer Mickey Guyton will be the first Black woman ever to host the Academy of Country Music Awards. Guyton, who performed her critically acclaimed song, “What Are You Gonna Tell Her” at last year’s ACMs, released a statement about her groundbreaking hosting gig.
“As I’ve said before, ‘If you can see it, you can be it,’ and it’s such an honor to step onto the ACM stage as the first-ever Black woman to host the show,” Guyton blushed. “Over the years, the Academy of Country Music has always been a home for me through opportunities both onstage and throughout their work on diversity and inclusion. This is a moment of great significance for me and I am so thrilled to share it with all the fans.”
The 56th ACM Awards will premiere live on Sunday, April 18 at 8:00 pm on CBS.