CMT MUSIC AWARDS Flashback: Five Years of Fan-Favorite Duos and Groups

by Cindy Watts

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When the curtain rises on the 2022 CMT Music Awards, hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Anthony Mackie on Monday, viewers are in for a slew of memorable performances from the nation’s biggest stars. Carrie Underwood, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Maren Morris + Ryan Hurd, Cole Swindell + Lainey Wilson, and a plethora of duos and bands, including last year’s band/duo , Little Big City, will be in the spotlight.
This year, CMT Music Awards artists Old Dominion and Zac Brown Band are nominated in the category, alongside Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Maddie & Tae and Parmalee.
Fans will find out who wins when the 2022 CMT Music Awards air live from Nashville at 8 p.m. ET Monday on CBS. In the meantime, here is a look back over the last five years of the winners in the duo or duo/group category.

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2021: Little Big Town – “Wine, Beer, Whisky”
Written by Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman and Philip Sweet, along with Tofer Brown and Sean McConnell, “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” is a raucous, upbeat party song from Little Big Town’s ninth studio album “Nightfall.” ”

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2020: Dan + Shay – “I Should Probably Go To Bed”
A dizzying, harmony-rich ballad that showcases Shay Mooney’s stunning vocal range and the duo’s country-pop sensibilities, “I Should Probably Go To Bed” was written by Mooney, his duet partner Dan Smyers, Sean Douglas. and Jason Evigan. The heartbreak ballad was the second single from Dan + Shay’s “Good Things” album, a No. 2 hit on Billboard’s Country Airplay charts, and made it to the Adult Top 40 where it landed at No. 11. Fans pulled in over a million units of “I should probably go to bed.”

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2019: Dan + Shay – “Speechless”
A weeks-long No. 1 hit, “Speechless” was the follow-up to the duo’s breakthrough “Tequila” and the song country music fans danced to at their weddings. The ballad video featured scenes from Dan Smyers’ wedding to his wife Abby and Shay Mooney’s nuptials to his wife, Hannah. The video shows the first time they saw the brides in their dresses, the emotional walk down the aisle, the triumphant reception and more.
Smyers and Mooney wrote the song alongside Jordan Reynolds and Laura Veltz, and “Speechless” was included on the duo’s self-titled third album in 2018.

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2018: Dan + Shay – “Tequila”
“Tequila” is the song that propelled Dan + Shay to the next stage of their career. Listeners connected with the lyrics about how a specific thing can trigger a flood of memories that they struggle to keep at bay.
Written by Smyers, Nicolle Galyon and Jordan Reynolds, “Tequila” was a No. 1 radio hit, won the Grammy Award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 61st Grammy Awards and was both the lead single and song. year at the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards.
“Tequila” is taken from the duo’s third self-titled album.

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2017: Florida Georgia Line – “HOLY”
The undeniable appeal of “HOLY” compelled even critics to be kind to FGL, a feat that had largely deluded the group until the booming ballad with its sweeping, sweeping video. Written by busbee, Nate Cyphert and William Wiik Larsen, “HOLY,” meaning high to love you, was released in April 2016 and went from No. 39 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart to become the duo. fifth No. 1 in this space. It also became their third crossover hit on American Hot AC radio.