AMA 2018: Kane Brown bags three awards and believes country music is heading in new directions, in exclusive interview
Kane Brown was nominated in three categories, Favorite Male Artist - Country, Favorite Album - Country, and Favorite Song - Country and bagged all three awards
The 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on October 9, was a dazzling night with musicians all around. It was also a special night for one particular musician. Country artiste Kane Brown, who was nominated for three categories, Favorite Male Artist - Country, Favorite Album - Country and Favorite Song - Country, won in all three categories. Brown was named Favorite Male Artist - Country, and his debut album also titled 'Kane Brown' received Favorite Album - Country while the song 'Heaven' received Favorite Song - Country. Along with Brown, FGL and Carrie Underwood also earned 2018 American Music Awards trophies.
We got an opportunity to talk to the country music star right after he stepped out with the awards and here's what he had to say:
"I grew up with 90s country music and then I switched around to R&B, rap, rock and then got back into country music and the first song I heard was 'Cruise' by Florida Georgia Line and I was like, 'I can fit here'. I love doing different things, I have an album coming out on November 9 called 'Experiment'. It’s all over the place, traditional country, new country… all over and I feel like that is where country has been going. 'The Middle' by Maran Morris is a huge song, Kelsey Ballerini, The Chainsmokers, and I feel like everybody in country music as an artiste just loves music in general. They know where they fit, country music, but they also want to collab," said Kane.
The award night shone brightly with performances by Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, and Missy Elliott, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Benny Blanco with Halsey and Khalid, Camila Cabello, Panic! At The Disco, Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign, Shawn Mendes with Zedd and Twenty One Pilots.
Brown first came to the attention of the public through social media. He released his first EP 'Closer' in June 2015. A new single 'Used to Love You Sober' was released in October 2015. After Brown signed with RCA Nashville in early 2016, the actual song was included on his EP 'Chapter 1', which was released in March 2016. He released his first full-length album, the self-titled 'Kane Brown' on December 2, 2016. The single 'What Ifs' was released from this album and, in October 2017, Brown became the first artiste to have simultaneous number ones on all five main country charts.