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Amongst all the compelling storylines of “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” was a fun little tiff between Vocal Group of the Year nominees Little Big Town and Rascal Flatts.


It all started with Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus making a comment during a radio interview on Nov. 6 in which he said he was sort of hoping that Little Big Town wouldn’t win Vocal Group of the Year honors this year, since that would mean they would tie Rascal Flatts’ record for most consecutive wins (6) in the category. In a later interview, Little Big Town weighed in, jokingly responding to their fellow country group nominees and saying that they would need to send them a text about the matter.

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So on Nov. 8, when Little Big Town’s name was called as the winner of Vocal Group of the Year, fans wondered if Rascal Flatts would make it into the group’s acceptance speech. Turns out, they did!

“We are so grateful to be a part of this amazing genre of country music, and the talent we see in this room and this category gives us so much,” LBT’s Phillip Sweet began in accepting the award

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“Tonight should be about harmony and what we can do together to change things,” LBT’s Karen Fairchild then said. “Kindness is an attractive quality.”

Then, just about the time that the music was about to come up and play them off stage, Rascal Flatts was mentioned.

“Rascal Flatts, don’t be mad at us!” Karen said, looking in the direction of the Flatts members in the audience. “You won it! It was your award! It’s the Rascal Flatts award!”

Meanwhile, both groups have a bit of a way to go to beat or tie the all-time record in the CMA Vocal Group category. That’s held by the Statler Brothers, who won it nine times!

Little Big Town had quite a message for Rascal Flatts in CMA acceptance speech Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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