Dan + Shay Celebrate Three American Music Awards Wins: ‘This is Absolutely Incredible’

Dan + Shay won big during Sunday night’s American Music Awards, taking home an impressive three AMA trophies. The duo…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 23, 2020


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Dan + Shay won big during Sunday night’s American Music Awards, taking home an impressive three AMA trophies.

The duo took home a win in each of the three categories in which they were nominated: Favorite Duo or Group – Country, Favorite Song – Country and Collaboration of the Year for “10,000 Hours” with Justin Bieber.

With their all-genre Collaboration of the Year win, Dan + Shay became the first-ever country artists to take home the title.

“Wow, this is absolutely incredible,” Shay Mooney said upon receiving the award for Favorite Song – Country. “Thank you guys so much, this is a huge honor. Thank you to our wives… our team, my two little boys. To the Nashville songwriting community, thank you guys so much for inspiring us every single day. There are so many great songs written in Nashville every day and we know that. So the fact that you chose our song means the absolute world to us. To country radio, thank you for playing our music.”

“This has been the toughest year ever [because] we haven’t been able to be together in person… But I just wanted to say, music has such an incredible power to unify us,” added Dan Smyers. “Music has power to change lives, to save the world. So to all of our fellow artists and nominees, everybody creating art at home: thank you for doing what you do. And the fans – everybody up there [or] watching at home, thank you for everything.”

Dan + Shay’s overall American Music Awards tally climbs to five following Sunday’s wins.

The duo also appeared on the broadcast to perform their latest single, “I Should Probably Go To Bed.”

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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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.