To say that Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina have had an amazing 2017 would be an understatement. The two buddies, who met in their middle school choir class, have now become two of country music’s most electric and inspiring superstars of the future thanks to incredible songs, unfaltering determination and a bond with their fans that is unmatched.
But if they thought 2017 could get any better for them, it just did. The two just were awarded the Duet of the Year trophy at the fan-voted Rare Country Awards. The awards were revealed during a livestream concert event, which was held Dec. 14 at Nashville venue Acme Feed & Seed.
From the moment Kane and Lauren hit the top of the charts in October with “What Ifs” and released the video for the song, it just felt as if this was the perfect time for them to make musical magic and a whole lot of musical history. In fact, the hit single knocked Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” off the chart summit after a lengthy 34-week stay, becoming Kane and Lauren’s first No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. It also made Lauren the first woman to hit the top of that chart in 2017.
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What if we came from the same small town in Georgia? What if we we became friends in chorus class in middle school? What if we got older and had the same dream? What if we met up again years later in Nashville? What if we got to record a song together? What if the song sold over a million copies? What if the song went number one? What if all of these what ifs were true? 😭 Theres no one I would rather have a number one song with. I'm so proud of you @kanebrown_music, and I'm honored to be a part of this song and your journey. #LFOBABY #GOWARRIORS
Seeing the two star together in the accompanying and quite picturesque video also warmed many of their fans’ hearts, and the heart of Kane himself. “We just stood there looking out over the ocean,” Kane told Rare Country in an interview about the video shoot earlier this year. “The trees and the grass were super green and the ocean was, like, this gorgeous turquoise blue, and it was just like a scene out of a movie. And here I am with Lauren, someone who I went to school with and whose career is taking off at the same time as mine is. It was just a pretty crazy moment.”
Now, as 2017 wraps up, both artists will have a chance to take in everything that has happened to them in the last 12 months, and we bet they will smile.
“I’ve grown up a lot, that’s for sure,” Kane explained in a recent interview with Rare Country about his career-altering year. “I have gotten to a point, especially when it comes to my live shows, that I don’t care what people think. I used to think all about what people thought about how I dressed onstage or how I danced onstage, because country artists aren’t supposed to dance. But now I know that I should just have fun up there, and when I do that, people get into it even more.”
Congrats to Kane and Lauren – and to all of those fans who made sure their voices and votes were heard!