JD McCrary - Rising Star Award

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JD McCrary is the 11-year-old triple threat taking the world by storm. He recently made his primetime debut at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards where he wowed audiences around the world performing the hit song “Terrified” with Childish Gambino. His impressive riffs and runs had everyone curious about the young star. In 2019, JD will be heard in the iconic role of Young Simba in Disney and Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of The Lion King alongside Beyoncé and Donald Glover. Currently, JD can be seen starring as Kenny on Tyler Perry's The Paynes on OWN. He also performed a special duet with music legend, Cyndi Lauper, live on ABC for WE Day at The Forum.

JD has appeared in numerous commercials and on television in various roles such as Disney's KC Undercover, TV Land's Teachers, Showtime's I'm Dying Up Here and on Little Big Shots. Most recently, the young talent went viral after performing at an LA Clippers game and on Ellen. Hoping to motivate and empower youth, JD is also a youth ambassador for the Oprah Winfrey Network.

While being compared to Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber, JD is currently the youngest solo artist on Disney/Hollywood Records, creating his own music with his own unique style. A singing, beatboxing and rapping sensation, JD is rapidly gaining a strong fan base; his EP will be released early 2019.

Follow JD on Instagram and Twitter: @jdmccrary