February 16, 2022 — The Music Business Association (Music Biz) announces that GRAMMY, ACM & NAACP Image Award nominated, multi-platinum Country recording artist and songwriter, Jimmie Allen will host the organization’s first-ever Bizzy Awards program, taking place Wednesday, May 11 at the JW Marriott Nashville as part of the Music Biz 2022 Conference.
Hailed by GRAMMY.com as one of “5 Black Artists Rewriting Country Music,” Allen has carved an impressive path to stardom in just a few years time. He has currently amassed more than 1 billion on-demand streams, and made history as the first Black artist to launch a career with two consecutive No. 1 hits — the 2x Platinum single “Best Shot” and Platinum-certified “Make Me Want To,” both from his 2018 debut album, Mercury Lane. His single “Freedom Was A Highway” is currently #1 on both the Billboard and Mediabase charts, marking his third career No 1. Allen received his first GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist in 2021, and is the only Country nominee in an all-genre category for the upcoming 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards, in addition to receiving an Outstanding New Artist nomination at the 53rd NAACP Image Awards. He is currently out on his first headlining tour, the Down Home Tour 2022. He was most recently announced as a host of the 57th ACM Awards on March 7 alongside Dolly Parton and Gabby Barrett, and is nominated for Male Artist of the Year.
“I first saw Jimmie talking to an interviewer about his life, and I knew right then that he’d be the perfect host for our 2022 Awards dinner,” said Music Biz President, Portia Sabin. “Beyond his obvious talent as a singer and songwriter, he has such charm and charisma that you fall in love with him immediately. Combined with his sincere desire to make the world a better place, I couldn’t think of a more inspiring host for the Bizzy Awards!”
The Bizzy Awards is Music Biz’s revamped awards program recognizing Music Biz member companies and executives who have made positive contributions to the industry. Now through February 25, Association members can nominate their peers for the 2022 Bizzys via the Association’s website. Award winners will be announced during the organization’s annual awards dinner on Wednesday, May 11.
Music Biz 2022 takes place May 9 – 12, 2022 at the JW Marriott Nashville, and is the first in-person Music Biz event to be held since January 2020. Attendees can expect four days of industry-defining conversations and connections, as well as important discussions on how our industry may evolve to become more inclusive and better serve the needs of all industry professionals. Music Biz has confirmed that Sony Music Publishing Chairman & CEO, Jon Platt will take part in a keynote Music Biz LIVE conversation on Tuesday, May 10 at 5 pm CT. As part of the awards programVisit musicbiz2022.com for the preliminary conference agenda, event registration & lodging information, COVID-19 protocols, and more.
About The Music Business Association
The Music Business Association (Music Biz) is a not-for-profit membership organization that advances, promotes and invests in the future of the music business by providing a trusted forum where ideas and cooperation flourish. Through events, education and engagement, the Association brings together the full breadth of the industry for unparalleled access to networking, resources and thought leadership.
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