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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 10: Morgan Wallen and Hardy perform onstage during CASH FEST In Celebration Of YouTube Originals Documentary THE GIFT: THE JOURNEY OF JOHNNY CASH at War Memorial Auditorium on November 10, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images for YouTube )

The CMA Awards may have only presented two awards so far, but already a 2019 Stars & Guitars artist has been involved in a winner!

HARDY was a co-writer on Blake Shelton’s smash hit “God’s Country,” which just won Single of the Year. While the award is not a songwriter’s award, it certainly takes a strong song to set it up for the award. Single of the Year is presented primarily for engineering and sound mixing.

“God’s Country” was up for Song of the Year, which would have given HARDY his first CMA Award, but that award went Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy.”

Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.