Historically, female artists have an edge in this category. Twenty-seven female solo artists have won best new artist, compared to 12 male solo artists.
“Whiskey Glasses” had multiple weeks at No. 1 on both Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay. Wallen’s first studio album, If I Know Me, was released in April 2018. It has reached No. 35 on the Billboard 200. This would be the second year in a row a country male artist has made the finals. Luke Combs was nominated last year.