Jelly Roll, Ashley McBryde, Bailey Zimmerman & More Honored at Billboard Country Power Players Event

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“It means a lot to receive this, because it means betting on yourself is the right move,” McBryde said in accepting her Groundbreaker Award.

Bailey Zimmerman, Jelly Roll and Ashley McBryde at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Billboard‘s 2023 Country Power Players were feted on Tuesday evening (June 6), during an awards ceremony held at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works.

Billboard cover star Jelly Roll was honored with the Breakthrough Award, which was presented by his fellow singer-songwriter Ernest. HARDY honored newcomer Bailey Zimmerman with the Billboard country Rookie of the Year honor, while Terri Clark awarded Ashley McBryde with the Groundbreaker Award.

“There’s a story that my daddy used to tell,” Jelly Roll recounted during the event. “‘You can work harder than everybody, you can put in more hours than everybody, you can be more talented than everybody, you can be nicer than everybody, you can care more than everybody, but if a little luck don’t show up with you, you are screwed in this world.’ I can tell you that God blessed me to be lucky to have friends like ERNEST and HARDY, and Ashley [McBryde] and these people that have came through and helped me put out my first debut country album.”

“It means a lot to receive this, because it means betting on yourself is the right move,” McBryde said in accepting her Groundbreaker accolade.

Meanwhile, Sony Music Publishing Nashville CEO Rusty Gaston was honored with the Executive of the Year award by Melinda Newman, Executive Editor of Billboard, West Coast and Nashville.

“I love this community and what I love most about country music is that we are a community. We are a group of friends that get to work together to help each other succeed,” Gaston said in accepting his award.

The private event was followed by a concert headlined by Jelly Roll and featuring opener Nate Smith.

Jelly Roll

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Jelly Roll at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ingrid Andress

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Ingrid Andress (wearing a Stevie Nicks T-shirt) at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Kimberly Perry

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Kimberly Perry at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Rusty Gaston, Martha Earls & Mike Molinar

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Rusty Gaston, Martha Earls and Mike Molinar at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bailey Zimmerman

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Bailey Zimmerman at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ashley McBryde, Terri Clark & Melinda Newman

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Ashley McBryde, Terri Clark and Melinda Newman at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Terri Clark

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Terri Clark at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Robert Deaton

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Robert Deaton at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mason Ramsey

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Mason Ramsey at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sophia Scott

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Sophia Scott at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Mike Bachta & Kidd G

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Mike Bachta and Kidd G at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bailey Zimmerman & Jelly Roll

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Bailey Zimmerman and Jelly Roll at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

HARDY

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HARDY at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bailey Zimmerman

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Bailey Zimmerman at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jelly Roll

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Jelly Roll at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ashley McBryde

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Ashley McBryde at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bailey Zimmerman & HARDY

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Bailey Zimmerman and HARDY at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ashley McBryde & Terri Clark

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Ashley McBryde and Terri Clark at Billboard Country Power Players held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Nate Smith

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Nate Smith at Billboard Country Live in Concert held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jelly Roll

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Jelly Roll at Billboard Country Live in Concert held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jelly Roll

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Jelly Roll at Billboard Country Live in Concert held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

DJ Slim McGraw

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DJ Slim McGraw at Billboard Country Live in Concert held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jelly Roll & Struggle Jennings

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Jelly Roll and Struggle Jennings at Billboard Country Live in Concert held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Jelly Roll

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Jelly Roll at Billboard Country Live in Concert held at Marathon Music Works on June 6, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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