They are the only sibling duo up for best country duo/group performance for their song “21 Summer,” while Parton is nominated for her new version of “Jolene” with Pentatonix. Their fellow nominees are Dierks Bentley and Elle King for “Different for Girls,” Kenny Chesney and P!nk for “Setting the World on Fire” and Chris Young and Cassadee Pope for “Think of You.”
“I’m still waiting for a phone call,” John Osborne joked with Katie Cook on a recent episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “We’re super stoked to be in that category with some very amazing talent and iconic figures. It’s the most cliché thing ever, but to be nominated really is incredible. We would love to win, and even if we didn’t win, to have our name amidst those people and that amount of talent is something that we’ll be able to carry with us forever.”
The CMA’s reigning vocal duo of the year admit they didn’t expect to win at the 50th annual awards last November either.
“We were blindsided in the most beautiful way,” TJ Osborne admitted. “It’s almost hard to really take it in. We kept feeling like that moment in Zoolander where we’re walking down the aisle and we’re like, ‘Did they not say our name? Did I just make all of this up?’ But it was certainly one of those moments that will be one of those things I’ll still remember just as vividly as yesterday.”
That night at the CMA Awards, their mom was watching in the audience at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena with their sister Natalie Osborne and John’s wife Lucie Silvas. As their No. 1 fan, mama Osborne had no doubt in her mind that her sons would win that night.
“She’s been planning this our entire lives,” John added. “There’s this kind of hope in the back of your mind like, ‘I don’t know. Maybe there’s a chance.’ So when they said our name, we were completely shocked. I remember just standing up, like Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights like, ‘I don’t know what to do with my hands.’”
James Corden hosts the 59th annual Grammy Awards live from Los Angeles on Feb. 12.