If Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy Win at the 2019 ACM Awards, They Won’t Be There
Kenny Chesney and David Lee Murphy are nominated for Music Event of the Year at the 2019 ACM Awards, but if they're victorious in the category, they won't be able to accept the trophy in person. They've got other plans for that night.
"We are playing a show that night," Murphy tells Taste of Country. Murphy is out with Chesney on the latter's Songs for the Saints Tour, and they'll be in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Sunday night (April 7). "I guess if we win, well, I don’t know what we will do. I guess we will have to celebrate onstage."
Chesney and Murphy are nominated for ACM Music Event of the Year for their collaboration "Everything's Gonna Be Alright." The song -- which Murphy co-wrote with Jimmy Yeary and Chris Stevens -- appears on Murphy's most recent album, No Zip Code, which Chesney also produced.
"I just had a feeling about that song. When we made the record, I just lived with that song, and lived with it and listened to it, and I kept thinking, 'Man, I just don’t get tired of listening to this song.' It just had a vibe to it that kept going," Murphy shares. "I had a feeling that if we could get it out there and get it heard, we had a shot."
If Chesney and Murphy win at the 2019 ACM Awards, Murphy will receive his first two ACM trophies (one as artist, and one as producer). He was previously nominated at the ACMs for Songwriter of the Year in 2012 and Top New Male Vocalist in 1996. "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" already won Murphy his first CMA trophy, for Musical Event of the Year, at the 2018 CMA Awards.
"I didn’t expect it to win that one," Murphy admits of the pair's CMA victory. "I mean, things change after a few months go by, and a lot of times, it seems like the industry are just always onto the next thing. But Kenny texted me the morning we won the CMA award, and that was a pretty cool way to find out."
Chesney, meanwhile, is also nominated for Entertainer of the Year at the 2019 ACM Awards. He's already won the category four times, every year from 2005 through 2008.
The 2019 ACM Awards are set to take place in Las Vegas, Nev., on April 7, and air live on CBS beginning at 8PM ET; the ceremony will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
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