Brooks & Dunn’s Early-Career ACM Awards Success Was ‘a Huge Boost’
Brooks & Dunn have made their long-awaited return to the limelight thanks to their new album, Reboot, which came out on Friday (April 5). On Sunday night (April 7), they'll celebrate with a performance at the 2019 ACM Awards, a show with which they're quite familiar.
Between 1992 and 2010, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn won 29 ACM Awards trophies. They're the duo with the most Duo of the Year wins, and until 2018, they were the country act with the most career ACM Awards wins. Both men know they owe a lot to the Academy of Country Music for being one of the first organizations to champion their career.
"That was our first awards ever," Brooks told The Boot in an interview in March. "Our first awards were two awards [for Top New Vocal Duet or Group and Top Vocal Duet].
"It was a huge boost to our sales. "Neon Moon" went No. 1 the same week. That would’ve been our third single. Sales doubled that week, and things just really took off," he continues. "We got a real sweet spot in our heart for the ACMs."
The last ACM Awards at which Brooks & Dunn appeared was the 50th anniversary ceremony, in 2015. This year, though they're not nominated, the pair will be performing a new rendition of their debut single and first No. 1 hit, "Brand New Man," with Luke Combs.
The 2019 ACM Awards are set to air live on CBS beginning at 8PM ET. The ceremony will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The Boot will be staying up late covering the most buzzed-about winners, fashion and moments at the 2019 ACM Awards. Readers can watch along with us by checking back to TheBoot.com for the latest ACMs headlines, liking The Boot on Facebook and following The Boot on Twitter.
2019 ACM Awards: 7 Ways the Nominations Surprised Us
How Well Do You Know the ACM Awards?