Cox Media Group’s Rare Country, the leading, online destination for all things country music, is producing a variety of new content for its vast distribution network, including the weekly YouTube series, “Rare Country’s 5” with host Erin Holt, and the new series “Pedal for the Medal,” hosted by country music personality and Rare Country senior correspondent Hunter Kelly.
Superstar Carrie Underwood leads the nominations for the RARE COUNTRY AWARDS with four nods, followed by Miranda Lambert and Sam Hunt with three nominations each. These inaugural online awards will honor the year’s best in country music, as determined solely by fans. Today kicks off four weeks of fan voting at RareCountryAwards.com, with winners to be announced on Thursday, December 15.
RARE.US ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF INAUGURAL'RARE UNDER 40' AWARDS
Awards Celebration to Take Place in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 16
Honorees Represent Inspiring Individuals From the Fields of Entertainment, Politics, Business, the Military, Media, Sports and More
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rare.us, one of America’s fastest-growing media sites, has revealed the recipients of its first-ever Rare Under 40 Awards, taking place on Saturday, April 16 in Washington, D.C. The Rare Under 40 Awards were created to celebrate individuals between the ages of 18 and 39 who inspire others through their convictions. The honorees represent a cross-section of America’s passions and accomplishments, while spanning professions, interests, degrees, geographies and nationalities.
Rare Co-Founder Will Alford, states: "We talk a lot about what it means to Be Rare — both as a media startup and as citizens of our generation. We value self-reliance and a generous spirit, individual liberty and our community's greater good, staying true to our beliefs and respecting others' differences. We're earnest but skeptical, and we can't help but laugh at ourselves sometimes. This is what the Rare brand stands for, and we work hard every day to tell the stories of people who live these values. One day we thought, what if we create an event so these brilliant people can meet and engage with one another? We plan to make Rare Under 40 an annual event, and I can't wait to watch what our honorees do each year from here."
The complete list of 24 honorees are listed below:
*Alberto Altamirano: Co-Founder, Cityflag (San Antonio, TX) *Alexandra Curtis: Graduate student, Brown University; Miss Rhode Island 2016 (Providence, R.I.) *Ariel Winter: Actress, "Modern Family" (Los Angeles, CA) *Barbara Pierce Bush: Founder, Global Health Corps (Dallas, TX) *BT Urruela: Purple Heart recipient, Army vet, co-founder VETSports, author, model (Tampa, FL) *Celeste Currie: Founder, Soulscarf (NY) *Chris Mintz: Army veteran, autism advocate (Oregon) *Diana Kim: Photographer, Advocate for the Homeless (Hawaii) *George McGraw: Founder of DIGDEEP Water (Los Angeles, CA) *Guy Benson: Political reporter, author (Washington, D.C.) *Holly Holm: Mixed martial arts champion (Albuquerque, NM) *Justin Amash: Congressman (R-Mich.) *Lucius: Pop duo, philanthropists (NY) *Marah Lidey: DoSomething.org, motivational speaker (NY) *Mary Katharine Ham: FOX News contributor, political commentator, author (NY) *Mason Wartman: Entrepreneur, advocate for the homeless (Philadelphia, PA) *Mohammed Shaker: Army veteran, conservative-libertarian activist (Tampa, FL) *Orlando Watson: Communications Director, Black Media; Republican National Committee (Washington, D.C.) *Phil Klay: Former Marine, author of the award-winning book, Redeployment (NY) *Sadie Robertson: Author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, designer, actress (Monroe, LA) *Seth Jordan: Former Marine, entrepreneur, founder of Dog Tag Brewing (Bozeman, MT) *Tulsi Gabbard: Congresswoman (D-Hawaii) *Vincent Harris: Founder, president of Harris Media (Austin, TX) *Wesley Lowery: Reporter, Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
Nominations for the Rare Under 40 Awards were solicited last fall via Rare.us. After reviewing hundreds of entries, the Rare editorial board selected 24 outstanding individuals as its inaugural Rare Under 40 Class of 2016. Profiles of each individual honoree are available at http://rare.us/category/rare-under-40-awards/. Additional content will be posted in the coming weeks.
Rare.us, a media site incubated inside parent company Cox Media Group’s Fans 1st Media division, is one of the fastest-growing media sites in the United States – boasting 40 million monthly visits. Dubbed “America’s News Feed,” Rare leverages social media to cover national news, politics, culture and more, driving conversation by delivering dynamic content Americans like to share. Engage with Rare on Facebook and Twitter.