LBT takes Vocal Group award at ACMs
Sunday, April 3, 2016
– Little Big Town won Vocal Group of the Year at the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday.
This was the first win of the night after "Girl Crush" lost out on several awards.
"It's such a gift to make music every day, and we're so thankful to do this," said Philip Sweet of LBT.
Karen Fairchild said, "We grew up singing harmonies with our families, so we want to give this to our families."
With Chris Stapleton dominating the awards, Kimberly Schlapman joked, "Thank you Chris Stapleton for not being a group."
Fairchild further joked that they discovered Stapleton, a reference to an earlier skit about people taking credit for Stapleton's success.
Little Big Town took the honor over Eli Young Band, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band.
Anyone who missed Little Big Town's remarkable 2012 Unplugged performance on CMT should seek it out online. When they sing their monster hit "Pontoon," four hypnotic voices combine to harmonic perfection with no studio tricks - pick from any of the microphones, and it works as the song's lead vocal. But now that the group has ascended to the upper rung of stardom, different challenges arise. How do you compete with yourself fresh from a Grammy for Best Country Song »»»
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