Sam Hunt was included among this year's nominees at the Billboard Music Awards. He's up for Top Country Album for his sophomore project, Southside.

Sam tells us: [“It’s awesome to be acknowledged and recognized especially at a time when there’s so much good music out there and especially without like the new factor. I still feel like I’m just now getting into this, but I’ve been around now for a few years, but yeah, I’m just happy to be acknowledged. It’s really cool to get that recognition.”] SOUNDCUE (:23 OC: . . . get that recognition.)

Other Top Country Album nominees include Gabby Barrett for Goldmine, Chris Stapleton for Starting Over, Carrie Underwood for My Gift and Morgan Wallen for Dangerous: The Double Album.

The Billboard Music Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, May 23rd at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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