Easton Corbin was a big winner at tonight’s American Country Awards in Las Vegas, taking home three awards, including Breakthrough Artist, during the show that was broadcast live on Fox.
He swept every award in the breakthrough artist categories. He also won Single by a Breakthrough Artist and Music Video by a Breakthrough Artist for his No. 1 hit, “A Little More Country Than That.” He was presented with the first award in the history of the ACAs.
“It’s a great honor, especially since it’s a fan-voted show,” says Easton. “It’s a confirmation from the fans that they like what you’re doing and they relate to you.
“Obviously, being a new artist, I wasn’t expecting to win any awards. But I am very thankful for it, that’s for sure.”
His self-titled album is the best-selling new artist debut of 2010. He is the first artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles go No. 1 – “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.”
“It definitely caps off an ending to a great year,” he says of the Breakthrough Artist award. “I’ve been so thankful for the great team that has been around me and worked so hard. Radio has been so great to me, and I am especially thankful to the fans.”
Easton was overwhelmed by his three wins, which are the first awards of his career. “There are a lot of other talented artists in these categories with me that are just as deserving as I am.”
Easton was tied with Lady Antebellum as the most-nominated artists at the ACAs with seven nominations. (He was also nominated in the categories of Single of the Year, Male Single of the Year, Music Video of the Year and Music Video Male.) He received 10 nominations throughout the fall from country music awards shows, including three at the Country Music Association Awards – Best New Artist and Single and Song of the Year for “A Little More Country Than That.”
He was thrilled to receive Single by a Breakthrough Artist for “A Little More Country Than That,” because the song is truly special to him.
“People identify with that song,” he says of the song written by Rory Feek, Don Poythress and Wynn Varble. “Without the song, I wouldn’t be getting all of these accolades.
“When I first heard it, it was one of those songs that I really identified with. It felt like it was written for me, even though it wasn’t. It really hit home because it describes who I am and where I come from,” says Easton, who was born and raised in rural Gilchrist County, Florida. “Songs that you feel are right for you, you know they are because the first time you hear them, they really touch you.”
Easton gives credit to music video director Stephen Shepherd for his win in the Music Video by a Breakthrough Artist category. The video was shot on a 1,700-acre farm in Springfield, Tenn. “He’s a great director,” Easton says. “He was a great guy to work with. He was definitely patient because that was the first video I’ve ever been a part of.
“The video sums up who I am and where I come from. It will always be special to me because it’s my first one,” says Easton, who recently made a video for his new hit, “I Can’t Love You Back.”
Easton was eager to celebrate his big night in Vegas, if only for a few hours. “I can probably find a party or two to go to,” he says. “But I’ve got to get right back out on the road in the morning. I fly out to San Antonio, so I’ve got to hold it in the road a little.”
For all things Easton, please visit his official website www.EastonCorbin.com.