Cole Swindell was crowned New Artist of the Year during the 50th Annual ACM Awards in Arlington, Texas on Sunday night (April 19).

Swindell was competing for the award against fellow newcomers Thomas Rhett and Sam Hunt. Ultimately, the "Ain't Worth The Whiskey" singer won the fan-voted award.

Swindell was all smiles as he jogged onto the stage and accepted the award. "This is an unbelievable awards show, and I can't believe I'm getting to be part of it," Swindell said as he received the award. He thanked his producer, record label and fans.

2014 New Artist of the Year award winner Justin Moore and legendary star Dwight Yoakam welcomed Swindell to the stage and presented him with the award.

Swindell got his start in country music selling merchandise for Luke Bryan before ultimately earning his own record deal. For more information about Swindell, visit his website.

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