Dan + Shay Win Second Consecutive CMA Award for Duo of the Year

Dan + Shay Win Second Consecutive CMA Award for Duo of the Year

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay won Duo of the Year at the 54th CMA Awards in Nashville on Nov. 11. It was the duo’s second consecutive win in the aforementioned category.

“This is absolutely incredible,” said Shay. “So thankful to be here with so many incredible people. I just thank God that we can do music. And in a time like this, I feel like it is very important that we tell the people we love that we love them.”

“Thank you for this,” added Dan. “It means the world.”

The duo also joined Justin Bieber onstage at the CMA Awards to perform No. 1 hit, “10,000 Hours,” which you can watch below.

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter talk about “Thinking ‘Bout You”

Dustin Lynch recalls the exact moment during the writing of “Thinking ‘Bout You” when they thought it could work as a collaboration, “We realized, after we got to the chorus, wait a second, this is the duet moment we’ve been looking for. We can have the girl on the other end of the line, and her come in on the second verse, and now it’s a conversation. And I do think that’s why it’s so approachable and people relate to it and those phone calls can be life changing sometimes.”

As the song is knocking on the door to the number-one spot on the country music airplay chart, MacKenzie Porter shares that she and Dustin haven’t had a lot of opportunities to perform the hit song together, “The crazy part is like, we’ve actually probably sang it separately, more than we’ve sang it together, because our touring schedules are different. So then when we do get to do it together, it’s like oh yeah this is how, this is how it’s supposed to go, I’m not supposed to sing Dustin’s first verse, which I do in my own show. It just feels so natural.”

Photo Courtesy of Dustin Lynch & MacKenzie Porter