Grammy Awards 2020: Dan + Shay Score Best Country Duo/Group Performance

Artists from various genres of music assembled inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday (Jan 26) for the…

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Melinda Lorge

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January 26, 2020

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Artists from various genres of music assembled inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday (Jan 26) for the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards. Early winners of the night were Dan + Shay, who took home the prestigious award for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their hit single, “Speechless.”

The catchy love song, which appears on the duo’s 2018 self-titled third album, was penned by Dan + Shay alongside Jordan Reynolds and Laura Veltz. The tune, which was inspired by the singers’ wives, reached the top spot on both Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, and also peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard all-genre Hot 100 chart.

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“This is one of my coolest moments ever,” Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers said upon accepting the trophy. “Thank you to my wife Abby [Law] who is in the crowd down there for inspiring this song and for inspiring every song that we write, and for inspiring everything we do in our lives.”

“And, Shay [Mooney’s] wife, Hannah [Billingsley], who is at home in Nashville, we love you,” he added. “Thank you to our team…. and everybody who voted for us. This is an absolute dream come true. We’ve always dreamed of being up here on this stage. Thank you for making this happen.”

Mooney then echoed Smyers’ sentiments by thanking his wife and loving family, which also includes a baby on the way.

“My wife and I are about to have our second baby. So, baby, I love you so much,” he shared. “I love you Asher, and thank you all so much!”

This marks Dan + Shay’s second win across the country categories as well as overall at the Grammys. In 2019, the duo took home the prize for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their smash hit, “Tequila,” which also appears on their 2018 self-titled album.

Dan + Shay’s Grammy win for “Speechless” beat out contenders Brooks & Dunn’s “Brand New Man” with Luke Combs, Brothers Osborne’s “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You),” Little Big Town’s “The Daughters,” and Maren Morris’ “Common” with Brandi Carlile. The duo, who will soon be on the road headlining their 2020 The (Arena) Tour, also earned a nomination for Best Country Song, which went out to Tanya Tucker.

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Melinda Lorge

Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Country Now, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.