Fresh on the heels of his performance of the national anthem in Las Vegas at the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Finals, Antonio Moraes

is headed to Los Angeles for the HMMA show on November 20th.


The HMMA (Hollywood Music and Media Awards) has nominated Moraes in the Independent Country Music Video Category for his ‘Let It

Ride’ video. This is his first nomination. When asked how he felt about getting his first nomination at the age of 19, Antonio shook his

head. “It sure is humbling. I’m just happy the video and song has gotten recognition. ‘Let it Ride’ will always be special to me. It has a

great message to everyone who has a dream. But it’s also very personal to me because it’s about how my dad has supported me in

chasing my dream.”


Antonio is the son of bull riding legend Adriano Moraes, so he has spent his life in and around the spotlight. Now that spotlight is aimed

directly at him. What will he do if he wins? “Well I guess I’ll go up and accept the award and say thank you.” Moraes chuckled and

continued, “I know it sounds cliché, but I’m just excited about being nominated. I just want to embrace the moment and let it all soak in.”

After Antonio’s dad retired from bull riding 11 years ago, the family moved back to Brazil. But by then, Antonio’s love for country music

and his desire to spend his life as a country music artist had taken hold. Antonio spent years working on his craft. He learned to play

guitar, piano and drums. He recorded several songs that were released in Brazil. And in 2018, Antonio moved to Nashville to launch his



Antonio released his self-titled debut EP on September 5th. The first single from the EP, ‘Let It Ride’, is a song Antonio co-wrote as a

tribute to his father, who inspired his son to chase his dreams. “Watching my dad’s dedication to be the best has been my lifelong

inspiration and motivation. My dad’s not just my role model. He’s my hero.”You can find Antonio’s music on all streaming outlets and you

can see his ‘Let it Ride’ video on and YouTube. To learn more about him, go to


About HMMA – The 2019 Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at The Avalon Hollywood 1735

Vine Street. HMMAs has become the bellwether of the nominees and winners of other key awards that occur months later including

Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe music winners; for last several years HMMA winners included Ludwig Goransson for BLACK

PANTHER, Alexandre Desplat for SHAPE OF WATER, songs from LA LA LAND, A STAR IS BORN and more. With over 500

submissions from around the world, HMMA nominees are chosen in specific genres of music for film, TV and video game including

dramatic feature, sci-fi/ fantasy, documentary and animation. Nominees this year include music for JOKER, PAIN & GLORY, LITTLE