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Thompson Square wins ACM vocal award in upset

Sunday, April 1, 2012 – Thompson Square won the Academy of Country Music's 2011 "Vocal Duo of the Year" Award last night in an upset.

The husband/wife duo comprised of Keifer and Shawna Thompson was surprised with the award onstage by ACM CEO Bob Romeo in front of thousands of fans at the ACM Salute to the Military Concert at the ACM Experience at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas on Saturday night -- just moments after they had completed their set.

Thompson Square dethroned reigning Sugarland, who have won the award for two years. Love And Theft, Montgomery Gentry and Steel Magnolia also were nominated.

Thompson Square becomes only the third duo to win the ACM "Vocal Duo of the Year" Award in the past 20 years (since 1991) with Sugarland and Brooks & Dunn previously winning in the category respectively.

"It's been a long, long road," Keifer Thompson told the crowd. "This is one of the greatest nights of our lives." Overcome with emotion, he continued, "It's hard to talk when you're crying."

"This is a very bittersweet moment for me," added Shawna Thompson as she fought back tears. "More sweet than bitter. My dad passed away a month ago. This is for my dad."

The Thompsons pounded the pavement for 13 years in the music industry before finally signing to independent label Stoney Creek Records.

Thompson Square is currently criss-crossing the U.S. as part of Lady Antebellum's Own The Night World Tour.

Thompson Square will appear tonight as presenters on the show, which starts at 8 p.m. eastern on CBS.

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
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