Rising star and Dixon native Jon Pardi won his first Academy of Country Music Awards honor on Sunday in Las Vegas – New Male Vocalist of the Year.
“I’ve got so many people to thank. Country fans, country radio,” Pardi said as he accepted the award. “Everybody that’s helped me get to here. Thank you so much!”
While the Backstreet Boys stole the show, according to The Associated Press, Pardi’s performance of “Dirt On My Boots” amped up the high-energy 52nd ACM Awards. The song is the second single from Pardi’s album, “California Sunrise,” to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
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Pardi’s first forays into the music scene were humble as he played watering holes in Solano County and the greater Sacramento area. But now, he has a top country record and is gaining fans and recognition nationwide.
His album pays homage to his roots, as the title suggests. Pardi told Bee writer Chris Macias in a 2016 interview: “We go to New York City and the Midwest, and then we say, ‘When are we going to the West Coast again?’ We need to recharge and see our people. That’s something I wanted to capture in ‘California Sunrise.’
“Dixon is where my friends and family are. It’s country.”
He is scheduled to perform at a “secret,” undisclosed location in Sacramento at 7 p.m. on Thursday, according to Bandsintown.com.
Here is a full list of the 2017 ACM winners, obtained from acmcountry.com:
Entertainer of the Year: Jason Aldean
Male Vocalist of the Year: Thomas Rhett
Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert
Vocal Duo of the Year: Brothers Osborne
Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town
Album of the Year: “The Weight of These Wings” – Miranda Lambert; producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf; record labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records
Song of the Year: “Die A Happy Man” – Thomas Rhett; songwriters: Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur; publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI), Cricket On The Line (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI), Eastman Pond Publishing (BMI), Music of Big Deal (BMI), Nice Life (BMI), Frederic And Reid Music (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI), Brodsky Spensive Publishing (BMI)
Video of the Year: “Forever Country” – Artists of Then, Now & Forever; director: Joseph Kahn; producers: Nathan de la Rionda, Jil Hardin, Charleen Manca, Joanna Carter, Chandra LaPlume, Sarah Trahern, Damon Whiteside
New Male Vocalist of the Year: Jon Pardi
New Female Vocalist of the Year: Maren Morris
New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year: Brothers Osborne
Vocal Event of the Year: “May We All” – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw; producer: Joey Moi; record label: Big Machine Label Group
Single Record of the Year: “H.O.L.Y.” – Florida Georgia Line; producer: Joey Moi; record label: Big Machine Label Group
Songwriter of the Year: Lori McKenna
Don’t miss this snippet of the Backstreet Boys performing with Florida Georgia Line: