2023 ACM Awards: Chris Young and Mitchell Tenpenny React to Nomination

Chris Young and Mitchell Tenpenny are nominated for an ACM Award. The pair is nominated for Music Event of the Year, for their “At the End of a Bar” collaboration. Young received two nods in the category, both as an artist and a producer.

“Man what an honor,” Young shared on social media. “Thank y’all for the nomination [Academy of Country Music]! Proud to be nominated for this one with my friend Mitchell Tenpenny. Looking forward to seeing y’all in Texas!”


Man what an honor. Thank y’all for the nomination ACM – Academy of Country Music!

Proud to be nominated for this one with my friend Mitchell Tenpenny 🤝 Looking forward to seeing y’all in Texas! #ACMawards

Posted by Chris Young on Thursday, April 13, 2023


Tenpenny, who is celebrating his own recent No. 1 hit with “Truth About You,” also spoke out about the industry accolade.

“Awesome news to wake up to!” Tenpenny said when the nominations were announced. “Chris is one of my best friends and it’s just so cool to have this success with him. And [Chris] DeStefano’s talent is unmatched. So honored to share this with both of them. This week just gets better every day!”

“At the End of a Bar” is Young’s final single from his 2021 Famous Friends album. The song almost didn’t happen, due to inclement weather. Fortunately, a snow storm wasn’t enough to deter the writers from getting together, which resulted in the hit single.

“Me, Mitchell Tenpenny, and Chris DeStefano had this date on our calendar, but it had completely iced-over in Nashville,” Young told American Songwriter. “I’ve tried to explain it to people who aren’t from here, but Nashville is not prepared for that at all. It happens, like once every three or four years and it shuts down the whole city for a couple of days. But this time, by day three, it was more snow than ice and you could get out of your driveway—so, we decided to do the session.”

Tenpenny served as the opening act on Young’s 2021 Famous Friends Tour. The rising star currently has a Top  40 single with “We Got History,” from his latest This is the Heavy album. Young also has a Top 40 hit, with “Looking for You,” from a forthcoming new project.

Garth Brooks and Dolly Parton will host the ACM Awards ceremony. The 2023 ACM Awards will take place on Thursday, May 11 at 8:00 PM ET, streaming live on Amazon Prime Video, from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas. A limited number of tickets are available to enjoy the ceremony in person, at SeatGeek.com.

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