Photo gallery: Thompson Square becomes first established married duo to receive CMA duo of year award
Stoney Creek Records’ Thompson Square made country music history in more ways than one Thursday night when the husband/wife duo of Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and his wife Shawna became the only established married duo act in the 46-year history of the CMA Awards to win the vocal duo of the year award.
Additionally, it’s been 25 years since a husband-and-wife team won in the category. Individual performing artists Ricky Skaggs and wife Sharon White (of The Whites) won the award in 1987 when they collaborated that year on the hit single “Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This,” according to a news release.
Thompson Square won the award which has evaded many of country music’s most iconic duos, including Johnny and June, George and Tammy, Dolly and Porter and more.
“Ever since I was about 5 years old I used to practice in the kitchen with one of my mamaw’s mason jars for this moment right here. So thank you so much to the CMAs and thank you to country radio and the fans. You guys rock,” an emotional Shawna Thompson told the crowd as tears streamed down her face.
“This is one of the coolest things we’ve ever experienced and being able to do it with your best friend is awesome,” said Keifer Thompson after also thanking the duo’s record label Stoney Creek Records, his manager Shawn Pennington and agency William Morris.
Keifer and Shawna Thompson also broke reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Sugarland’s five-year winning streak in the category which had been a shut-out since 2007.
With last night’s historic win, Thompson Square has swept every mainstream country music awards show duo award in 2012. Earlier this year, Thompson Square became the first new act to win the ACM vocal duo of the year award in 20 years – and only the third act to win the vocal duo of the year award during that 20-year period. Keifer and Shawna Thompson also picked up the CMT Music Award for Duo Video of the Year for their hit, “I Got You.”
Thursday night’s CMA win topped off one of the biggest weeks of Thompson Square’s career. On Monday, the duo’s highly anticipated new single, “If I Didn’t Have You” earned the biggest first-week add total of the duo’s career. Keifer and Shawna Thompson also picked up songwriting awards from both ASCAP and BMI this week at the performing rights organization’s annual awards shows.
It was a big night for married couples at the CMA Awards, with Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert also winning several awards. To read my CMA Awards wrap-up, click here. Check out these Associated Press photos of Thompson Square at the Country Music Association’s 2012 awards celebration: