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Each night, once the Rodeo dust settles, a superstar takes the stage to entertain the crowds. The star entertainers begin performing after the last rodeo event is completed each evening and the stage is set. Actual start times for the concert can vary day to day due to the different number of rodeo competitors and other production elements.

  • Weekday rodeos start at 6:45 p.m. The entertainer takes the stage at approximately 8:45 p.m. NRG Stadium gates open at 6 p.m.
  • Weekend rodeos start at 3:45 p.m. The entertainer takes the stage at approximately 5:45 p.m. NRG Stadium gates open at 3 p.m.

2020 Lineup

MIDLAND

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Midland has been leaving their mark across the top of the charts in music since their first extended play was released in 2016. Hailing from Dripping Springs, Texas, the trio began playing at clubs in the region, gaining notoriety by staying true to their roots with their traditional sound and style. Following the success of their debut EP, the band released their first studio album, “On the Rocks,” in 2017, which featured the band’s breakout single “Drinkin’ Problem.”

“Drinkin’ Problem” quickly became a radio staple and a favorite among country music fans, holding a spot on the charts for 20 weeks and becoming a double-platinum smash hit. The song earned Midland their first GRAMMY® Awards nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Their latest album, “Let it Roll,” earned the number one spot on Billboard’s Top Country Album Sales chart and includes the latest hit single “Mr. Lonely.”

The trio wrapped up a successful 2019 on their global Let It Roll Tour and will continue traveling throughout 2020 on their Road to the Rodeo Tour.

Midland will kick off the 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ at RODEOHOUSTON® on Tuesday, March 3.

RODEOHOUSTON® DEBUT PERFORMANCE

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “Drinkin’ Problem,” “Mr. Lonely,” “Make a Little,” “Burn Out,” “Cheatin’ Songs”

AWARDS

  • Academy of Country Music® Award for New Vocal Group of the Year (2018)
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WILLIE NELSON

ARMED FORCES APPRECIATION DAY presented by BHP

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Country music legend Willie Nelson’s iconic career has spanned more than five decades, dating back to the mid-1950s when he first began self-releasing music. Nelson signed his first contract with a major label in 1962 and quickly released his first studio album, “…And Then I Wrote.” Over the next 50 years, Willie Nelson would reach career highs that most can only dream to achieve.

Over his storied career, Nelson has released more than 60 studio albums, had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the charts and won nine GRAMMY® Awards. He became a member of the prestigious Grand Ole Opry® in 1964 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame® in 1993.

A true pioneer, Nelson’s talents have also carried him to endeavors outside of performing music. He’s appeared in several films, owns a nine-hole golf course in Travis County, Texas, and is an avid philanthropist. Nelson shares the Rodeo’s passion for agriculture, dedicating much of his time to supporting family farms through Farm Aid, an annual all-day food and music festival.

A beloved performer on the RODEOHOUSTON® stage, Nelson will make his ninth solo appearance on Wednesday, March 4.

RODEOHOUSTON® APPEARANCES: 1985-86, ’88, ’94, 2000, ’02, ’04, ’17 (with the Highwaymen – ’90, ’92)

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “Always on My Mind,” On the Road Again,” “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” “Let It Be Me”

AWARDS

  • 9 GRAMMY® Awards
  • 12 American Music Awards
  • 10 Country Music Association Awards
  • 11 Academy of Country Music Awards
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BECKY G

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Becky G began her rise to fame by creating covers of popular songs and posting them online, where she caught the attention of Hollywood producers who saw her unlimited potential. In 2013 she released her debut EP, “Play it Again,” featuring her single “Becky From the Block.”

Her second single, “Can’t Get Enough,” topped the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart in the U.S. Becky G continued her airwave success with the release of her 2014 single “Shower,” which went on to reach the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. As “Shower” grew in popularity, she released three additional singles with “Can’t Stop Dancin,” “Lovin’ so Hard” and “Break a Sweat.”

Becky G continued her successful run in 2016, releasing another hit song, “Sola,” debuting at No. 1 on the iTunes Latin Pop chart. She spent the next few years focusing her efforts on her debut Spanish-language album, “Mala Santa,” releasing the album in October 2019 and landing on the Billboard 200.

Becky G will make her RODEOHOUSTON® debut Thursday, March 5.

RODEOHOUSTON® DEBUT PERFORMANCE

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “Shower,” “Can’t Stop Dancin,” “Lovin’ So Hard,” “Break a Sweat,” “Sola”

AWARDS

  • 4 Latin American Music Awards
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MAREN MORRIS

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Maren Morris has been taking country music by storm with her unique blend of country, folk and pop inspirations, releasing her debut album, “Hero,” in 2016. A week after its release, “Hero” reached the top of the charts, entering the Billboard Country Albums chart at No. 1 and the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 5. “My Church,” her debut single from “Hero,” received acclaim from critics and fans who loved her genre-crossing sound. The smash hit was later certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America®.

Later in 2016, Morris released her second single, “80s Mercedes.” The catchy tune gained popularity on stations across the country and added another platinum song to her growing list of achievements. That same year she also received the award for New Artist of the Year from the Country Music Association® and would later win her first GRAMMY® Award.

Morris released her second studio album, “GIRL,” in March 2019, where it reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200. She spent much of 2019 performing on her “GIRL: The World Tour.”

Morris will make her debut at RODEOHOUSTON on Saturday, March 7.

RODEOHOUSTON® DEBUT PERFORMANCE

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “My Church,” “80s Mercedes,” “I Could Use a Love Song,” “GIRL,” “The Bones”

AWARDS

  • 1 GRAMMY® Award
  • 1 Billboard Music Award
  • 3 Country Music Association Awards
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RAMON AYALA

GO TEJANO DAY presented by Fiesta

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Ramon Ayala has been performing with his signature accordion for more than 40 years. As the son of a local musician, Ayala began playing the accordion at six years old, forming his first band when he was just a teenager. He would record his first hit in 1963 and formed the legendary Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte in 1971.

Ramon Ayala y sus Bravos del Norte features six members: Ramon Ayala, Fidencio Ayala, Jose Luis Ayala, Mario Marichalar, David Laure and Raul Rosales. The band has paved the way for norteño performers across several decades, creating a style that’s truly become the standard of the popular music genre. Ayala has recorded more than 105 albums throughout his career and has been part of 13 films.

Ramon Ayala has been an influence on modern norteño music for decades and has been regarded as one of the true founders of the genre.

A veteran of the RODEOHOUSTON® stage, Ramon Ayala will make his third appearance on Go Tejano Day Sunday, March 8.

RODEOHOUSTON® APPEARANCES: 2002, ’06

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “Tragos Amargos,” “Chaparra De Mi Amor,” “Mi Piquito De Oro,” “Rinconcito En El Cielo,” “Un Puño De Tierra”

AWARDS

  • 2 GRAMMY® Awards
  • 2 Latin GRAMMY Awards®
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CHRIS YOUNG

First Responders Day, presented by BP

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Chris Young has captivated country music fans with his baritone sound for more than a decade. In 2006, Young auditioned for Nashville Star right here in Houston. He went on to win the singing competition and released his debut self-titled album, all in the same year. His hugely successful sophomore album, “The Man I Want to Be,” delivered three tunes that reached No. 1 on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Each of these three popular songs spent weeks on the charts and solidified Young’s status as a country music star. Young has released four more albums since 2009. “Neon,” “A.M.,” “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Losing Sleep” each added more hits to his impressive resume, featuring two No. 1 songs and three more songs that reached the top five on the charts.

Young will bring his signature sound to RODEOHOUSTON® for a sixth time on Monday, March 9.

RODEOHOUSTON® APPEARANCES: 2012, ’14, ’16, ’17, ‘18

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “Gettin’ You Home,” “I’m Comin’ Over,” “You,” “Tomorrow,” “Think of You” (with Cassadee Pope)

AWARDS

  • 2 American Country Awards
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NCT 127

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Korean pop music, dubbed K-pop, blew up on a worldwide scale in 2019. As the popularity of the genre continues to skyrocket, few groups are reaching the same high level of success as NCT 127, making a big splash in just a few short years. NCT 127 debuted in July 2016, gaining a healthy following with the release of their first self-titled EP and single, “Fire Truck.”

It was their second EP, “Cherry Bomb,” that catapulted the group to international success. Billboard even dubbed “Cherry Bomb” as one of the best K-pop songs of 2017. The following year, the band released their first full length album, “Regular-Irregular,” charting on the Billboard 200. With no signs of slowing down, NCT 127 continued their meteoric rise through 2019.

In 2019, the group released “We Are Superhuman,” announced their first world tour and became the first K-pop band to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

NCT 127 will make RODEOHOUSTON® history on Tuesday, March 10, as the first K-pop band to perform on the rotating stage.

RODEOHOUSTON® DEBUT PERFORMANCE

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “TOUCH,” “Simon Says,” “Regular,” “Superhuman,” “Cherry Bomb” “Fire Truck”

AWARDS

  • 1 Asia Artist Award
  • 2 Golden Disc Awards
  • 3 Seoul Music Awards
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KANE BROWN

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Kane Brown’s rise to the top of the charts has created an army of diehard fans. His debut single “Don’t Go City on Me” went viral upon its release in 2014 thanks to his nearly 4 million social media followers. Two years later, Brown signed a record deal with RCA/Sony Music Nashville and the rest is history. His self-titled, debut album followed shortly after and was an instant success reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and No. 10 on the Billboard 200.

In October 2017, he became the first country artist to have a No. 1 hit on all five Billboard country charts at the same time. “What Ifs,” a duet with fellow country star Lauren Alaina, held the No. 1 spot on the Country Airplay, Country Streaming and Top Country Songs charts, his single “Heaven” ranked No. 1 on the Country Digital Songs chart, and his deluxe “Kane Brown” debut album ranked No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. He continued his impressive streak of chart-topping hits with the release of his second album, “Experiment,” earning the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums.

After landing at No. 16 in the RODEOHOUSTON® Top 25 Paid Rodeo/Concert Attendance Records in 2019, Brown will make his second appearance on the rotating stage Wednesday, March 11.

Cabello will perform for RODEOHOUSTON® fans on Tuesday, March 5.

RODEOHOUSTON® APPEARANCES: 2019

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “Heaven,” “What Ifs,” “Lose It,” “Good As You,” “Homesick”

AWARDS

  • Country Music Television Collaborative Video of the Year (2018)
  • 3 American Music Awards
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CODY JOHNSON

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After becoming the first independent artist to sell out NRG Stadium, Cody Johnson has also become the sound of the Rodeo season with his performance of "Welcome to the Show,” the official song of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The former professional bull rider made his first appearance on the country music charts when “Cowboy Like Me” reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums. In 2016, his album, “Gotta Be Me” debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, an impressive feat for an independent artist. Johnson’s seventh studio album, and first with a major label, was released in early 2019. “Ain’t Nothin’ to It” landed at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums, following the success of the album’s single “On My Way to You.”

Johnson faced challenge on his road to the spotlight, independently releasing five albums before seeing mainstream success, and turning down several major label music contracts before agreeing to sign with a major label in June 2018. Under the label CoJo Music/Warner Music Nashville, Johnson is part of one of country music’s largest label groups while still maintaining some control over his personally owned record label.

Returning to RODEOHOUSTON® for the fourth year in a row, Johnson will perform on Thursday, March 12.

RODEOHOUSTON® APPEARANCES: 2017–'19

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “On My Way to You,” “With You I Am,” “Dear Rodeo,” “Wild as You,” “Ride With Me”

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JON PARDI

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No one brings 90s country nostalgia to music quite like Jon Pardi. Growing up in California during that iconic era, Pardi had his heart set on performing from a young age, writing songs at just 12 and joining his first band at 14.

Pardi began releasing music in 2012, with several of his singles landing on top country charts. In 2014 his debut studio album, “Write You a Song,” reached No. 14 on the Billboard 200 chart and the upbeat “Up All Night” became his first top 10 hit. Pardi’s talents led him to open for two tours and quickly followed up with his own headlining stops on the “All Time High Tour.”

With an album and a successful tour under his belt, Pardi released his second studio album in mid-2016 with the lead single “Head Over Boots.” The song quickly became a country favorite and his first No. 1 on the Billboard country Airplay chart. Pardi cemented himself as one of the rising stars in country music with his second No. 1 hit “Dirt on My Boots.” With no signs of slowing down, Pardi released his third studio album, “Heartache Medication,” in 2019. The record continued his chart-topping streak, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

Pardi will make his first RODEOHOUSTON® appearance on Saturday, March 14.

RODEOHOUSTON® DEBUT PERFORMANCE

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “Dirt on My Boots,” “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” “Head Over Boots,” “Night Shift,” “Up All Night”

AWARDS

  • 1 Academy of Country Music Award
  • 1 Country Music Association Award
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DIERKS BENTLEY

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Dierks Bentley has consistently reached the top of country’s biggest charts for more than a decade, building an impressive resume of hits. He released his self-titled debut album in 2003 and his first single, “What Was I Thinkin’,” was an immediate hit, racing to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs.

Since his debut, Bentley has been a regular on country’s most prestigious lists, with 26 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, 11 No. 1 hits on Billboard Hot Country Songs and nine albums charting on the Billboard 200. His most recent album, “The Mountain,” has continued Bentley’s successful career.

Bentley released “The Mountain” in June of 2018, his ninth studio album and seventh No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The veteran performer co-wrote 10 of the 13 tracks on the album, proving that his legacy goes beyond the stage. “Burning Man,” the popular single from his latest release, was Bentley’s 18th No. 1 single. He spent most of 2019 on the “Burning Man Tour,” visiting venues across the country.

The Rodeo will welcome Bentley back to RODEOHOUSTON® for his eighth appearance on Sunday, March 15.

RODEOHOUSTON® APPEARANCES: 2004, ’07-’08, ’10, ’13, ’15, ‘17

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “Burning Man” (featuring Brothers Osborne), “Woman, Amen,” “Black,” “Somewhere on a Beach,” “Different for Girls” (featuring Elle King)

AWARDS

  • 3 Country Music Association Awards
  • 5 Academy of Country Music Awards
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KEITH URBAN

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Keith Urban is a country music megastar. His multi-platinum hits have covered more than two decades, earning him a spot in record books all over the world. The New Zealand/Australian performer made the move to Nashville in 1992 to chase his dream and never looked back.

Over the next several years, Urban would move up the ranks in Nashville touring as a backup singer, appearing in music videos and co-writing for other artists. Finally, in 1999, he released his first album and quickly gained national attention.

From his debut in 1999 to right now in 2020, Keith Urban has released 11 studio albums throughout his storied career, each of which has landed on a major music chart. Forty-two of his songs have reached the Billboard Hot 100 and his latest single, “We Were,” became his 40th top 10 hit. Urban has been a familiar face at the top of the charts, and his talents have produced 16 No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Urban has performed at RODEOHOUSTON® seven times, and he will make his eighth stop on Monday, March 16.

RODEOHOUSTON® APPEARANCES: 2005, ’09-’11, ’14, ’16, ‘18

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “We Were,” “Kiss a Girl,” “Somebody Like You,” “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “You’ll Think of Me”

AWARDS

  • 4 GRAMMY® Awards
  • 4 American Music Awards
  • 13 Country Music Association Awards
  • 15 Academy of Country Music Awards
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GWEN STEFANI

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Gwen Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a band frontwoman, as a solo performer and as a lifestyle guru. Her talent as a singer, songwriter and designer has led to a wildly successful music career, popular fashion lines and a spot on a popular music competition television show.

After years of success as the frontwoman for the iconic rock band “No Doubt,” Stefani started to embark on her solo career, releasing her debut album in 2004. “Love.Angel.Music.Baby” reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart and featured hit singles like “Rich Girl,” “What You Waiting For?” and the fan-favorite, No. 1 hit “Hollaback Girl.”

Her sophomore album, “The Sweet Escape,” came out shortly after in 2006, delivering another Billboard 100 top 10 hit with “Wind It Up.” Stefani’s most recent solo album, “This is What the Truth Feels Like” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The album received praise from critics and included her latest No. 1 single “Used to Love You.” Along with her success as a performer, Stefani also serves as one of the four judges on NBC’s singing competition “The Voice.”

Stefani is new to RODEOHOUSTON® and will perform for the first time on Tuesday, March 17.

RODEOHOUSTON® DEBUT PERFORMANCE

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “Used to Love You,” “Wind It Up,” “Hollaback Girl,” “Rich Girl,” “What You Waiting For?”

AWARDS

  • 3 GRAMMY® Awards
  • 4 MTV Video Music Awards
  • 2 Billboard Awards
  • 1 American Music Award
  • 1 Brit Award
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KHALID

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After moving to El Paso, Texas, during high school, Khalid channeled his feeling of being the new kid in town into heartfelt lyrics. Khalid began writing in 2015, creating songs and posting them to an online distribution platform. The songs he created quickly gained a following among his classmates and continued to grow amongst SoundCloud listeners. It wasn’t long after that his soulful lyrics caught the attention of national outlets.

2016 and 2017 were busy years for the young singer. Khalid’s first single, “Location,” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart. His debut album, “American Teen,” reached the top of the charts upon its release and he embarked on his wildly successful 21-city “Location Tour.”

Khalid’s sophomore album, “Free Spirit,” flew to the top of the charts, reaching the prestigious No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. The album delivers a sound that’s a blend of R&B, pop and alternative, showing Khalid’s unique flair.

The multi-platinum artist will make his first trip to RODEOHOUSTON® on Wednesday, March 18.

RODEOHOUSTON® DEBUT PERFORMANCE

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “Talk,” “Better,” “Location,” “Young Dumb & Broke,” “My Bad”

AWARDS

  • 1 American Music Award
  • 1 Billboard Music Award
  • 2 iHeartRadio Music Award
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CHRIS STAPLETON

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Chris Stapleton has a more-than-a-decade-long songwriting career penning chart-topping hits for stars including George Strait, Patty Loveless, Tim McGraw, Justin Timberlake and Adele. In 2015, Stapleton became an overnight success with the release of his first solo album, “Traveller.” The album reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Country Album chart and received four GRAMMY® nominations quickly after its debut.

Stapleton continued his superstar run with the release of his next two albums, “From A Room: Volume 1” and “From A Room: Volume 2,” each receiving multiple award nominations and topping several major charts. His deep, soulful voice has captured fans all over the world and earned nonstop recognition from some of the biggest names in the industry, repeatedly proving that he is one of the most talented stars in music.

His traditional country sound earned him nine Academy of Country Music awards and 13 CMA awards, among several others from respected industry associations. Stapleton holds five GRAMMY® Awards.

Stapleton will make his fourth appearance at RODEOHOUSTON® on Thursday, March 19.

RODEOHOUSTON® APPEARANCES: 2017–'19

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “Millionaire,” “Tennessee Whiskey,” “Broken Halos,” “Fire Away,” “Nobody to Blame”

AWARDS

  • Billboard Top Country Artist (2016, 2018)
  • 5 Billboard Music Awards
  • 5 GRAMMY® Awards
  • 10 Academy of Country Music Awards
  • 10 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers awards
  • 13 Country Music Association Awards
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BRAD PAISLEY

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Brad Paisley has delighted fans with his energetic performances since 1999, earning multiple prestigious awards for his vocal and musical talents. A gifted singer and skilled songwriter, Paisley has written or co-written 21 of his 24 number one hits.

His latest album “Love and War” features 16 hits with Paisley as the lead songwriting credit, including “Today” and “Last Time for Everything.” The album is Paisley’s ninth consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.

Like many artists, Paisley has an incredible platform which he utilizes to give back to the community. In 2001, he founded the Brad Paisley Foundation which supports a variety of charitable organizations, including the American Cancer Society and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A longtime RODEOHOUSTON® performer, Paisley will return to the Rodeo on Saturday, March 21, for his 14th performance.

RODEOHOUSTON® APPEARANCES: 2001, '05, '08–‘12, '14–'19

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “She’s Everything,” “Then,” “Mud On the Tires,” “Whiskey Lullaby (feat. Alison Krauss),” “I’m Gonna Miss Her”

AWARDS

  • Grand Ole Opry member since 2001
  • 2 American Music Awards
  • 3 GRAMMY® Awards
  • 14 Country Music Association Awards
  • 15 Academy of Country Music Awards
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LUKE BRYAN

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Known for his upbeat party jams, Luke Bryan began his career in country music writing songs and performing in his home state of Georgia. Since releasing his debut album “I’ll Stay Me” in 2007, Bryan has become one of the most popular artists among young country fans. His musical talents and high-energy performances earned him back-to-back Entertainer of the Year awards from the Country Music Association in 2014 and 2015.

To date, Bryan has released six studio albums with sales reaching more than 10 million copies, along with selling more than 40 million tracks. His songs have reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts 24 times and his music is streamed by more than 6.5 million listeners per month on Spotify.

Bryan made history with his 2015 album “Kill the Lights,” becoming the only artist to have six singles from one album reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. His latest album, “What Makes You Country,” was his third consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.

Bryan will make his eighth appearance, closing out 2020 RODEOHOUSTON® on Sunday, March 22.

RODEOHOUSTON® APPEARANCES: 2012-‘19

TOP FIVE SINGLES: “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” “What Makes You Country,” “Knockin’ Boots,” “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day,” “Most People are Good”

AWARDS

  • 2 Country Music Association Awards
  • 4 American Music Awards
  • 9 Academy of Country Music Awards
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