Brothers Osborne Shocked Over CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Win

Brothers Osborne claimed the title of CMA Vocal Duo of the Year during the star-studded 55th Annual CMA Awards on…


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November 10, 2021


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Brothers Osborne claimed the title of CMA Vocal Duo of the Year during the star-studded 55th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday. 

Accepting the trophy from the massive stage inside Bridgestone Arena, the duo was presented with the honor by Ingrid Andress and actress Hayley Orrantia. 

“Oh my God, I tell you every time that we have won this award, it’s extremely shocking,” TJ Osborne said as he accepted the award. “Crazy rollercoaster of a year for us in so many ways, especially for me emotionally. It really does feel like love wins tonight…”

“Give this boy a round of applause,“ John Osborne said, prompting a standing ovation. “We love you thank you so much!”

This marks Brothers Osborne’s fourth career win in the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year category. 

Brooks & Dunn, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line and Maddie & Tae were also nominated in the Vocal Duo of the Year category. 

The official CMA Awards website states that the award goes to a duo in which both members “normally perform together and neither of whom is known primarily as an individual performing artist.” The award is “based on the musical performance of the duo as a unit on a country single or album release, as well as the overall contribution to country music.” 

The nomination period for the 2021 show is July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

The 55th Annual CMA Awards featured performances from Luke Combs, Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.

Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Chris Young and Kane Brown, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, Mickey Guyton, Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, BRELAND and HARDY. 

Country singers Trace Adkins, Ingrid Andress, Kelsea Ballerini, Deana Carter, Russell Dickerson, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Lady A, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Lainey Wilson, and Trisha Yearwood were on hand to present during the ceremony.

Lauren Daigle, Faith Fennidy, Freddie Freeman, Amy Grant, Dulé Hill, Elle King, Zachary Levi, Hayley Orrantia, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Susan Sarandon, Saycon Sengbloh and Kurt Warner also made special appearances throughout the broadcast. 

Hosted by Luke Bryan, the 2021 CMA Awards broadcasted live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8/7c on ABC. 


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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.