"Now that this is happening, I forgot everything I wanted to say," VanderWaal said when she accepted her "Arty." For Best New Artist. "This is a lot heavier in real life. It's really crazy. I was just on AGT and I would never think in the past year I would be up here getting my first award. I want to thank every single one of my fans." (Dailyvoice.com 3-may-2017)
“Ah I’m still in awe I can’t thank everyone enough, I love all of you and wouldn’t be here without you,” (Grace thanking her fans on Instagram after the show)
Two Disney Channel alumni presented Grace with the Best New Artist award China Anne McLain from Ant-Farm and Skylar Stecker from Austin & Ally.
The other nominees for Best New Artist that year were: Julia Michaels, Jon Bellion, Noah Cyrus, Jordan Fisher. Other recipients of that award have been: Becky G, Charlie XCX, Kelsea Ballerini and Bebe Rexha. Grace was nominated again in 2018 “So Much More Than This” For Best Song That Makes You Smile”, but lost to "DNA" with BTS.
The Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMA) is an annual awards show honor the year's achievements in music, mainly in the teen pop genre, and are awarded based on popular vote from the network's listeners via online voting. The trophy awarded to a winner is known as the "Golden Mickey", a gold-colored statuette with a silhouette figure of Mickey Mouse donning headphones nicknamed the "Ardy", representing Radio Disney's initials. (Wikipedia)