Meet Country Music's Next Superstar: Thomas Rhett

by Raphael Chestang 6:57 PM PDT, April 17, 2015
Playing Meet Country Music's Next Superstar: Thomas Rhett

Country crooner Thomas Rhett may not be on your radar yet, but he should be. The 25-year-old up-and-comer chatted with ET's Nancy O'Dell during setups for the ACM Awards, giving us a better sense of the rising star.

Thomas is fresh off his new single "Crash and Burn" and is nominated for New Artist of the Year, presented by Kohl's, and he admitted to having butterflies about the night.

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The singer's nerves seem reasonable when you consider that 80,000 people will be in the arena watching while at least 10 million are expected to be viewing from home.

The past couple years have been like a fairytale for Thomas' career, topping music charts while making a name for himself across the country. And his personal life has been equally fortuitous, as he wed his first grade sweetheart, Lauren, in 2012.

"We've known each other for a very long time," Thomas said. "It's really great to be married to your best friend."

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The 50th annual ACM Awards, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, airs April 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. ETonline will have the latest coverage from the ACMs all weekend long.