Three years ago she placed third on season 16 of American Idol.

And on Sunday night, Gabby Barrett won her first Billboard Music Awards including Top Country Female Artist.

The 21-year-old also took home the trophies for Top Collaboration and Top Song for her breakout single I Hope featuring Charlie Puth.

Pure gold: Gabby Barrett won three Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, taking home the trophies for Top Country Female Artist, Top Collaboration and Top Song

Pure gold: Gabby Barrett won three Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, taking home the trophies for Top Country Female Artist, Top Collaboration and Top Song

Pure gold: Gabby Barrett won three Billboard Music Awards Sunday night, taking home the trophies for Top Country Female Artist, Top Collaboration and Top Song

Taking the stage, Barrett gave an emotional speech. 

‘I’m gonna try to keep together, as best I can,’ she told the audience. ‘This is a really big deal.’

The recording artist added: ‘This means so much to me… we’ve worked so hard to get here.’

She also thanked her fans, saying: ‘You make dreams come true, this has changed my life forever. Thank you, thank you, thank you!’

Winner: 'This is a really big deal,' an emotional Barrett said moments after taking the stage at LA's Microsoft Theater. 'This means so much to me... we've worked so hard to get here'

Winner: 'This is a really big deal,' an emotional Barrett said moments after taking the stage at LA's Microsoft Theater. 'This means so much to me... we've worked so hard to get here'

Winner: ‘This is a really big deal,’ an emotional Barrett said moments after taking the stage at LA’s Microsoft Theater. ‘This means so much to me… we’ve worked so hard to get here’

Grateful: She also thanked her fans, saying: 'You make dreams come true, this has changed my life forever. Thank you, thank you, thank you!'

Grateful: She also thanked her fans, saying: 'You make dreams come true, this has changed my life forever. Thank you, thank you, thank you!'

Grateful: She also thanked her fans, saying: ‘You make dreams come true, this has changed my life forever. Thank you, thank you, thank you!’

Reality star: Her success comes less than three years after she placed third on season 16 of American Idol

Reality star: Her success comes less than three years after she placed third on season 16 of American Idol

Reality star: Her success comes less than three years after she placed third on season 16 of American Idol

Earlier, Barrett had walked the red carpet at LA’s Microsoft Theater with husband Cade Foehner.

She and the musician, 24, met on American Idol in 2018 and married in October 2019.

They welcomed their first child – a daughter named Baylah May – in January. 

Couple: Earlier, Barrett had walked the red carpet at LA's Microsoft Theater with musician husband Cade Foehner, 24

Couple: Earlier, Barrett had walked the red carpet at LA's Microsoft Theater with musician husband Cade Foehner, 24

Couple: Earlier, Barrett had walked the red carpet at LA’s Microsoft Theater with musician husband Cade Foehner, 24

Wed: The pair met on American Idol in 2018 and married in October 2019. They welcomed their first child - a daughter named Baylah May - in January

Wed: The pair met on American Idol in 2018 and married in October 2019. They welcomed their first child - a daughter named Baylah May - in January

Wed: The pair met on American Idol in 2018 and married in October 2019. They welcomed their first child – a daughter named Baylah May – in January

Barrett recently announced that she will be hitting the road as a special guest on the Thomas Rhett tour beginning in August. 

Ahead of the awards show, Barrett told Entertainment Tonight that she hadn’t expected to get nominated for a BBMA. 

‘I had no idea this was going to happen,’ she said. ‘It has been a crazy roller coaster the past three years.’

‘I’m very blessed,’ she added.

Big night: Ahead of the awards show, Barrett told Entertainment Tonight: 'It has been a crazy roller coaster the past three years....I'm very blessed'

Big night: Ahead of the awards show, Barrett told Entertainment Tonight: 'It has been a crazy roller coaster the past three years....I'm very blessed'

Big night: Ahead of the awards show, Barrett told Entertainment Tonight: ‘It has been a crazy roller coaster the past three years….I’m very blessed’

The awards show airing on NBC is being hosted for the first time by Nick Jonas.

The Weeknd leads the pack with 16 nominations including Top Billboard 200 Album and Top R&B Album for After Hours as well as Top Male Artist, Top R&B Artist, and Top Hot 100 song for Blinding Lights.

DaBaby has 11 nods and Pop Smoke has posthumously received 10 nominations.

Meghan Thee Stallion is up for nine awards including Top Rap Song and Top Selling Song for Savage.

And the coveted Top Artist prize will either go to Drake, Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke, Taylor Swift or The Weeknd. 

2021 BILLBOARD AWARD WINNERS

Top Billboard 200 Album

Juice WRLD ‘Legends Never Die’

Lil Baby ‘My Turn’

Pop Smoke ‘Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon’ — WINNER

Taylor Swift ‘folklore’

The Weeknd ‘After Hours’

 

Top R&B Album

Jhené Aiko ‘Chilombo’

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Slime & B’

Doja Cat ‘Hot Pink’

Kehlani ‘It Was Good Until It Wasn’t’

The Weeknd ‘After Hours’ — WINNER

 

Top Rap Album

DaBaby ‘Blame It On the Baby’

Juice WRLD ‘Legends Never Die’

Lil Baby ‘My Turn’

Lil Uzi Vert ‘Eternal Atake’

Pop Smoke ‘Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon’ — WINNER

 

Top Country Album

Gabby Barrett ‘Goldmine’

Sam Hunt ‘Southside’

Chris Stapleton ‘Starting Over’

Carrie Underwood ‘My Gift’

Morgan Wallen ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ — WINNER

 

Top Rock Album

AC/DC ‘Power Up’

Miley Cyrus ‘Plastic Hearts’

Glass Animals ‘Dreamland’

Machine Gun Kelly ‘Tickets to My Downfall’ — WINNER

Bruce Springsteen ‘Letter to You’

 

Top Latin Album

Anuel AA ‘Emmanuel’

Bad Bunny ‘El Último Tour Del Mundo’

Bad Bunny ‘Las que no iban a salir’ — WINNER

Bad Bunny ‘YHLQMDLG’

J Balvin ‘Colores’

Big win! Bad Bunny accepting the award for Top Latin Artist

Big win! Bad Bunny accepting the award for Top Latin Artist

Big win! Bad Bunny accepting the award for Top Latin Artist

 

Top Dance/Electronic Album

DJ Snake ‘Carte Blanche’

Gryffin ‘Gravity’

Kygo ‘Golden Hour’

Lady Gaga ‘Chromatica’ — WINNER

Kylie Minogue ‘Disco’

 

Top Christian Album

Bethel Music ‘Peace’

Elevation Worship ‘Grave Into Gardens’

Carrie Underwood ‘My Gift’ — WINNER

We The Kingdom ‘Holy Water’

Zach Williams ‘Rescue Story’

 

Top Gospel Album

Koryn Hawthorne ‘I AM’

Tasha Cobbs Leonard ‘Royalty: Live at the Ryman’

Maverick City Music ‘Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 1’ — WINNER

Maverick City Music ‘Maverick City Vol. 3 Part 2’

Kierra Sheard ‘Kierra’ 

Accomplished: Drake was the recipient of Artist Of The Decade

Accomplished: Drake was the recipient of Artist Of The Decade

Accomplished: Drake was the recipient of Artist Of The Decade

 

Top Hot 100 Song Presented by Rockstar

24kGoldn ft. iann dior ‘Mood’

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth ‘I Hope’

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Go Crazy’

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’ — WINNER

 

Top Streaming Song

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘WAP’

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’ — WINNER

Future ft. Drake ‘Life Is Good’

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne ‘WHATS POPPIN’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’

 

Top Selling Song

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth ‘I Hope’

BTS ‘Dynamite’ — WINNER

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘WAP’

Megan Thee Stallion ‘Savage’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’

 

Top Radio Song

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth ‘I Hope’

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Go Crazy’

Dua Lipa ‘Don’t Start Now’

Harry Styles ‘Adore You’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’ — WINNER

 

Top Collaboration (Fan Voted)

24kGoldn ft. iann dior ‘Mood’

Gabby Barrett ft. Charlie Puth ‘I Hope’ — WINNER

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Go Crazy’

DaBaby ft. 

Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne ‘WHATS POPPIN’

 

Top R&B Song

Jhené Aiko ft. H.E.R. ‘B.S.’

Justin Bieber ft. Quavo ‘Intentions’

Chris Brown & Young Thug ‘Go Crazy’

Doja Cat ‘Say So’

The Weeknd ‘Blinding Lights’ – WINNER

 

Top Rap Song

24kGoldn ft. iann dior ‘Mood’

Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion ‘WAP’

DaBaby ft. Roddy Ricch ‘ROCKSTAR’ — WINNER

Jack Harlow ft. DaBaby, Tory Lanez, & Lil Wayne ‘WHATS POPPIN’

Megan Thee Stallion ‘Savage’

 

Top Country Song

Jason Aldean ‘Got What I Got’

Gabby Barrett ‘I Hope’ — WINNER

Lee Brice ‘One of Them Girls’

Morgan Wallen ‘Chasin’ You’

Morgan Wallen ‘More Than My Hometown’

 

Top Rock Song

AJR ‘Bang!’ — WINNER

All Time Low ft. blackbear ‘Monsters’

Glass Animals ‘Heat Waves’

Machine Gun Kelly ft. blackbear ‘my ex’s best friend’

twenty one pilots ‘Level of Concern’

 

Top Latin Song

Bad Bunny ‘Yo Perreo Sola’

Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortez ‘Dákiti’ — WINNER

Black Eyed Peas & J Balvin ‘RITMO (Bad Boys For Life)’

Maluma & The Weeknd ‘Hawái’

Ozuna x Karol G x Myke Towers ‘Caramelo’

 

Top Dance/Electronic Song

Lady Gaga ‘Stupid Love’

Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande ‘Rain on Me’

SAINt JHN ‘Roses (Imanbek Remix)’ — WINNER

Surf Mesa ft. Emilee ‘ily (i love you baby)’

Topic & A7S ‘Breaking Me’

 

Top Christian Song

Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake ‘Graves Into Gardens’ — WINNER

for KING & COUNTRY, Kirk Franklin & Tori Kelly ‘TOGETHER’

Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, & Elevation Worship ‘The Blessing (Live)’

Tauren Wells ft. Jenn Johnson ‘Famous For (I Believe)’

Zach Williams & Dolly Parton ‘There Was Jesus’

 

Top Gospel Song

Koryn Hawthorne ‘Speak To Me’

Jonathan McReynolds & Mali Music ‘Movin’ On’

Marvin Sapp ‘Thank You For It All’

Tye Tribbett ‘We Gon’ Be Alright’

Kanye West ft. Travis Scott ‘Wash Us In The Blood’ — WINNER

 

Top Gospel Artist

Kirk Franklin

Koryn Hawthorne

Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Maverick City Music

Kanye West — WINNER

 

Top Dance/Electronic Artist

The Chainsmokers

Kygo

Lady Gaga — WINNER

Marshmello

Surf Mesa

 

Top Christian Artist

Casting Crowns

Elevation Worship — WINNER

for KING & COUNTRY

Carrie Underwood

Zach Williams  

 

 

 Top Artist

 Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Taylor Swift

The Weeknd — WINNER

Victory: The Weeknd won 10 of the 16 awards he was nominated for

Victory: The Weeknd won 10 of the 16 awards he was nominated for

Victory: The Weeknd won 10 of the 16 awards he was nominated for

Top New Artist

Gabby Barrett

Doja Cat

Jack Harlow

Pop Smoke — WINNER

Rod Wave 

 

Top Male Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top Female Artist

Billie Eilish

Ariana Grande

Dua Lipa

Megan Thee Stallion

Taylor Swift — WINNER

 

Top Duo/Group

AC/DC

AJR

BTS — WINNER

Dan + Shay

Maroon 5

 

Top Billboard 200 Artist

Drake

Juice WRLD

Pop Smoke

Post Malone

Taylor Swift — WINNER

 

Top Hot 100 Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Dua Lipa

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top Streaming Songs Artist

DaBaby

Drake — WINNER

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke

The Weeknd

Proud: Doja Cat was the winner of Top R&B Female Artist

Proud: Doja Cat was the winner of Top R&B Female Artist

Proud: Doja Cat was the winner of Top R&B Female Artist

 

Top Song Sales Artist 

Justin Bieber 

BTS — WINNER

Megan Thee Stallion

Morgan Wallen

The Weeknd

Top Radio Songs Artist

Justin Bieber

Lewis Capaldi

Dua Lipa

Harry Styles

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top Social Artist (Fan Voted)

BLACKPINK

BTS — WINNER

Ariana Grande

SB19

Seventeen

 

Top Radio Songs Artist 

Jhené Aiko

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

Doja Cat

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

 Top R&B Artist

Jhené Aiko

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

Doja Cat

 The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top R&B Male Artist

Justin Bieber

Chris Brown

The Weeknd — WINNER

 

Top R&B Female Artist

Jhené Aiko

Doja Cat — WINNER

SZA

 

Top Rap Artist

DaBaby

Drake

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke — WINNER

 

Top Rap Male Artist

Juice WRLD

Lil Baby

Pop Smoke — WINNER

 

Top Rap Female Artist

Cardi B

Megan Thee Stallion — WINNER

Saweetie

 

Top Country Artist

Gabby Barrett

Kane Brown

Luke Combs

Chris Stapleton

Morgan Wallen — WINNER

 

Top Country Male Artist

Luke Combs

Chris Stapleton

Morgan Wallen

Going for the gold! Gabby Barrett with her three trophies

Going for the gold! Gabby Barrett with her three trophies

Going for the gold! Gabby Barrett with her three trophies

 

Top Country Female Artist

Gabby Barrett — WINNER

Maren Morris

Carrie Underwood

 

Top Country Duo/Group

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line — WINNER

Maddie & Tae

 

Top Rock Artist

AC/DC

AJR

Five Finger Death Punch

Machine Gun Kelly — WINNER

twenty one pilots

 

Top Latin Artist

Anuel AA

Bad Bunny — WINNER

J Balvin

Maluma

Ozuna

 

Top Latin Male Artist

Bad Bunny — WINNER

J Balvin

Ozuna

 

Top Latin Female Artist

Becky G

Karol G — WINNER

Rosalía

Acclaim: Karol G, the winner of Top Latin Female Artist

Acclaim: Karol G, the winner of Top Latin Female Artist

Acclaim: Karol G, the winner of Top Latin Female Artist

 

Top Latin Duo/Group

Banda MS de Sergio Lizárraga

Eslabón Armado — WINNER

Los Dos Carnales

  

 

 

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Source: Daily Mail

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