2021 ACM Awards: Kane Brown Praises Growth in Country Music After Historic Win

Kane Brown made history in country music, when he became the first Black artist to win an ACM Award for Video of the Year. The 27-year-old won the trophy for “Worldwide Beautiful,” a sign that country music might, finally, become more inclusive.

“The doors are open for everybody, and I think country music is embracing everybody,” Brown said backstage at the ACM Awards (via Sounds Like Nashville). “Females, men, Black men, anybody. It means the world to me.”

While Brown is grateful for the honor, he wants to be known for his music, and not because of his race.

“It means the world to me, just to win my first ACM Award,” Brown acknowledged. “I will say, I don’t want to be categorized. So, I just like that we got to win Music Video of the Year. It’s so special to me.”

Brown is especially grateful to be honored for “Worldwide Beautiful,” a song he wrote with Jordan Schmidt, Ryan Hurd and Shy Carter.

“That song means the world to me, especially with 2020 and all the hatred that’s been put in the world by the media … There’s been a bunch of misled information, and this song to me just shows where the world’s leading,” Brown shared. “It’s in the future of our children’s hands. That’s why I put my daughter in the music video. I’m so excited that this song meant so much to people and country music, and helped the world out.”

Brown was inspired to write “Worldwide Beautiful” by looking at the bright side of life, in a time when society seems more divided than ever before.

“I wrote this song with three of my buddies out of Nashville,” Brown previously said on CBS This Morning. “We were just like ‘You know, it would be a great day when everybody could just see the beautiful in the world … We’re all a little different, but we’re all just different types of beautiful.’ So we just wrote a song about it. When everything started coming out in the media, we felt like it was time to release it. Our fans were asking for it. I couldn’t ask for it to come out any better than it did.”