Kiwi star Kaylee Bell wins big at Country Music Awards in Tennessee

Kiwi artist Kaylee Bell has won big at the Country Music Awards (CMA) in the US state of Tennessee.

Bell took out the 'Jeff Walker Global Country Artist' award at the biggest annual event for country music worldwide.

The award recognises outstanding achievements by a country music artist signed outside the US.

To win, musicians must have boosted country music's popularity and bring attention to the genre's format in their home country.

It's Bell's first CMA and comes just a month after the singer-songwriter reached number 12 on the US Billboard Charts for digital sales.

Australian artist Casey Barnes and Canadian Tebey were the other two nominees vying for the same award.

Bell, who was born in Waitaha/Canterbury, told Newshub two weeks ago she was excited by the growing popularity of country music around the world.

Her 2019 single 'Keith' suddenly exploded in popularity this year.

She has thanked Keith Urban and Tiktok for her success.

"It's really all thanks to the power of social media and people discovering the song which is pretty wild."