Best Artist / Band Most Likely To Make It Big

Gold Winner Makayla Lynn

Silver Winner T. Thomason

Bronze Winner Jody Upshaw

“Twenty-nineteen has been crazy in a lot of ways,” begins Lynn, her Nashville accent riding hard on crazy’s second syllable. “I’ve been splitting my time between Nova Scotia and Nashville and between a whirlwind of emotions.” While already being on Rolling Stone’s radar and spending time in the capital of country music might make some people think she has already made it big, Lynn keeps her eye on a higher prize: “It’s one thing to build yourself up in your hometown—and I’ll never take that for granted—but then to go to another place and be such a small fish in a big pond; How hard it makes you work, and how inspiring it is, is what I love about it.”