Thompson Square received a huge surprise last night after performing at the ‘ACM Salute to the Military’ concert at the ACM Experience in Las Vegas.
After Keifer and Shawna Thompson completed their set, ACM CEO, Bob Romeo, presented them with the award for ‘Vocal Duo of the Year” … a day early!
Thompson Square is the first duo besides Brooks and Dunn or Sugarland to win the ACM for ‘Vocal Duo’ since 1991. Since that time, Brooks & Dunn have won the ‘Vocal Duo’ award 16 times. The reigning duo winners, Sugarland, took home the trophy for 2010 and 2008. (In 1998 and 1999, the Dixie Chicks won the award when the category was combined with both duos and groups.)
While accepting the award, the duo was overcome with emotion:
Keifer : “It’s been a long, long road. This is one of the greatest nights of our lives. It’s hard to talk when you’re crying.”
Shawna: “This is a very bittersweet moment for me. More sweet than bitter. My dad passed away a month ago. This is for my dad.”
You can watch the video below of Shawna and Keifer accepting the award…
Thank-you for participating in our ACM Awards’ polls this past week! We love hearing from you all and appreciate the feedback.
We compiled the results from our polls. Here is how our awesome ‘Keepin’ It Country’ readers voted…
The reigning American Idol champ, Scotty McCreery, was the favorite for ‘New Artist’ with 51% of the votes.
The ‘Vocal Duo of the Year’ category was by far our most popular poll. Thank-you so much for voting, and for all of your great comments! It was a battle of the fan bases between Steel Magnolia, Sugarland, and Thompson Square. Steel Magnolia fans were impressively representing for their duo and won the poll with 49% of the votes!
You can catch the After MidNite ACM Awards special broadcast the morning of April 2 (from midnight to 6 a.m.) and portions will re-air the weekend of April 7-8. Affiliates of The Blair Garner Show in Canada will also air segments the week of April 2. For more information and guest updates, please visit www.AfterMidnite.com.
We are finishing up our ACM Awards’ polls with the biggest award of the night… Entertainer of the Year!
This year’s nominees for the coveted trophy are Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift. As you know, this award is fan voted, and the artists and their teams have been busy campaigning to win your votes.
Let us know who you hope takes home the award for Entertainer of the Year!
ACM Awards: Entertainer Of The Year
Blake Shelton (42%, 16 Votes)
Jason Aldean (32%, 12 Votes)
Taylor Swift (13%, 5 Votes)
Brad Paisley (8%, 3 Votes)
Kenny Chesney (5%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 38
Don’t forget to check out our other polls as well!
Thank-you so much to all of you for voting in our ACMA polls. Please, keep it up. Voting is open until tomorrow night, and we would love to hear from all of you before compiling the results!