Following the glitz and glamor of the 47th annual CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 6), many of the night’s winners stopped by the pressroom to address the media.
Florida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard were still riding the high from their vocal duo and single of the year wins and said their emotions ran wild while taking the stage to accept their awards.
“Kind of two different feelings,” said Kelley. “One, a lot of the past couple years are running through your mind. Every venue we’ve played and everyone who’s believed in us, and then it kind of went blank to be honest with you.
“Country music is alive and well and that’s just really cool,” he continued. “We’re just very blessed and very humble and very excited to be a part of it.”
The excitement also extended to Little Big Town, who claimed their second consecutive vocal group of the year award.
“The vocal group of the year category is so fierce,” said the band’s Karen Fairchild. “Some great music is being made from all these bands, and we’re fans of all of them. So we’re just so grateful and we just want to live up to this. We really do. … It definitely inspires us for the future.”
Part of Little Big Town’s future will include an overseas tour, while the newly-crowned CMA new artist of the year, Kacey Musgraves, just returned from a European trip of her own. She told reporters she’s excited to be part of the new generation of women in country.
“I’m so excited to be part of the women in country music movement,” Musgraves said. “I look at people like Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton and songwriters who were sassy and beautiful and also intelligent and humorous. They inspired me, and if I could be at all, in any part, carrying that on, then I feel like that’s the icing on the cake for me, and I feel like I’ve done my job.”
Fellow trailblazer Miranda Lambert reigns as female vocalist for a fourth year while her husband Blake Shelton took home both male vocalist and album of the year honors for Based on a True Story. Lambert said it’s quite an experience to share.
“To see us win it together and to make history that way, I don’t know why people like us and vote for us so much,” she quipped. “I’m glad. We do work hard. We have to spend a lot of time apart, and we don’t have a normal life, and to be recognized for that by our peers and by people in the industry, I just can’t say enough [about] how much we appreciate it.
“[For] pillow talk, literally we were like, ‘Well, our year was last year. It was a great run while we had it. We’ll drink tonight and celebrate all of our friends winning,’” she said. “But I just thank everybody for really understanding that we’re real people and that every time they vote for us and we stand up there on that stage, it makes our life. It makes every day apart and every note we sing and every second he sits in that big red chair away from me in L.A. worth it.”
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