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On-Stage, Backstage, and ‘From the Halls’ Emceeing to Bookend Performances & Presentations Held During Annual Event, Closing Out CRS 2022
New Faces

(Nashville, Tenn. – February 15, 2022) – Country Radio Seminar has announced a trio of talented broadcasters who will host the New Faces of Country Music® Show, to be held Friday, February 25, at Omni Nashville Hotel.

Well known to both Country fans and industry professionals, Elaina Smith, host of Westwood One’s nationally syndicated “Nights with Elaina,” will serve as the on-stage emcee. Former WNSH/New York morning personality, current PickleJar content goddess, and multiple CMA award-winning personality Kelly Ford will conduct backstage interviews, bringing part of the backstage action to the front-of-house spectators. SiriusXM The Highway’s “Nights with Ania” host, Ania Hammar, will reprise her CRS 2020 role where she took to the halls of CRS and provided her “Woman on The Street” interviews with attendees.

The annual event, which closes out Country Radio Seminar each year, has played a pivotal role in the careers of almost every major Country star and is one of the week’s biggest highlights.  This year’s show will feature performances by the New Faces Class of 2022: Gabby Barrett, Walker Hayes, Parker McCollum, Jameson Rodgers, and Lainey Wilson.

Winners of the CRS/Country Aircheck Awards in 24 different categories will also be revealed during the show. The CRS/Country Aircheck Awards recognize excellence in achievement in Country radio and streaming. 

Also planned for the evening, Country Aircheck Publisher and “Country Countdown USA” host Lon Helton will present KFRG/Riverside personality Heather Froglear with the 2022 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award. CRB Scholarship Chair and Board VP John Shomby and CRB President Kurt Johnson will also award a $25,000 educational endowment set to be distributed to four universities: Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Tennessee at Martin, and the University of North Alabama.


The CRS 2022 New Faces of Country Music® Show is co-sponsored by the Academy of Country Music and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  

Registration for CRS 2022 is open and available for purchase at the event’s official website. Registration is $649 per person up until February 18, then increases to the on-site rate of $749. Single-day passes are also being made available. Single-day passes (limited to two-day passes per person) will be $249. Day passes include access to panels, speakers, luncheons, and networking destinations on the day of pass purchase, except for Friday’s New Faces of Country Music show. Day passes will only be available for purchase on-site.  

Everyone attending CRS 2022 is required to provide documentation of full COVID-19 vaccinations or a negative COVID test result, to be completed within 48-hours of arrival at the event.  If attendees cannot provide either, rapid antigen and PCR tests will be available upon arrival and conducted on-site at no cost to attendees.  CRB has engaged the services of 3P America for end-to-end digital compliance, using its mobile-based, proprietary application, 3P Smart Verify.  Attendees are encouraged to complete a 3P America profile (here) before arriving on-site. 

The official mobile app for Country Radio Seminar 2022 is also now available for download on iPhone and Android mobile devices. Access to the app is available through mobile app stores.  Download the Cvent Events App, then search “CRS 2022.” The CRS 2022 app provides attendees with an expanded CRS agenda, session descriptions, speaker bios, artists performing, integrated calendar upgrades, a live q&a, and other event news. Users can create their own customized CRS schedule, rate the panels, and post updates and reviews directly to their social media profiles. 

For more information, visit and follow CRS on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Additional information can be obtained by calling 615-327-4487.