Brothers Osborne Perform ‘It Ain’t My Fault’ and Pay Tribute to Don Williams at 2017 CMA Awards
Brothers Osborne, the 2016 CMA Awards Vocal Duo of the Year, took the stage at Wednesday night's (Nov. 8) 2017 CMA Awards ceremony to perform their song "It Ain't My Fault." The song comes from their debut album, Pawn Shop and it turned the CMA Awards to one big rock show.
T.J. Osborne's husky vocals filled the arena while John Osborne showed off his stellar guitar skills during the 2016 hit, written by the brothers alongside Lee Thomas Miller and produced by Jay Joyce. Keith Urban bopped his head, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum wouldn't stop clapping and Kelsea Ballerini and Dierks Bentley sang along - it's safe to say that the crowd loved it.
But they weren't done yet. Towards the end of "Ain't My Fault," the duo transitioned into a rocking tribute to Don Williams, who died at the age of 78 on Sept. 8., bringing the audience to their feet with "Tulsa Time." The No. 1 single was released in 1978 and was just one of many hit singles that Williams released during his career. In fact, from 1974 through 1991, all of his singles landed in the Top 40 on the Billboard country charts. Williams was named Male Vocalist of the Year at the CMA Awards in 1978 and, in the 1970s and ’80s, appeared in two movies: W.W. and The Dixie Dancekings, and Smokey and the Bandit II. In 2010, Williams became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
On the heels of their successful debut album, released in 2016, the Brothers Osborne have been ridiculously busy touring and settling into their new role as one of country's hottest duos.
"It feels like we’ve been on this really long journey -- which, we’ve been in Nashville for a long time working on this," said John Osborne earlier this year. "But when you put it in the context of what’s happened from the beginning of 2016 on, it’s been really unbelievable. I couldn’t be any more thankful."
At the 2017 CMA Awards, the Brothers Osborne are once again up for Vocal Duo of the Year. Early Wednesday morning, the real-life brothers found out that they had won Music Video of the Year, thanks to the rowdy video for "It Ain't My Fault."
Once the CMA Awards are wrapped up, the Brothers Osborne are headed across the pond for a series of concert dates in the United Kingdom. They'll return to the U.S. on Dec. 2 with a performance at Durant, Okla.'s Choctaw Grand Theater.
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