Little Big Town just received another honor and another reason to celebrate 2017 Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 18: (L-R) Singer-songwriters Karen Fairchild, Philip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town perform onstage at the 2017 CMT Artists Of The Year on October 18, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)

It’s official: Little Big Town is your 2017 Rare Country Awards winner for Duo/Group of the Year! The fan-voted awards were handed out in nine categories Dec. 14 at a live concert event at Acme Feed & Seed in Nashville.

Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook are no strangers to the winner’s circle with numerous awards and industry accolades—and they’ve earned every single one of them!

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In 2017, the group set a major record by becoming the first act ever to sell out an historic yearlong residency at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. They also staged an overseas tour and enjoyed a big, multi-week, No. 1 hit song with “Better Man,” a haunting, harmonic ballad written by none other than Taylor Swift, which won the CMA Award for Song of the Year.

 The Grammy Award-winning vocal group also announced a big arena tour for the winter and spring of 2018 with “The Breakers Tour,” which will feature special guests Midland and Kacey Musgraves. The highly anticipated, multi-city run begins Feb. 8 in Oklahoma City and will visit 26 markets, including a stop at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall.

Little Big Town’s landmark year also included the release of their chart-topping album “The Breaker,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums Chart and Top 5 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. And, if that wasn’t enough, the multi-platinum selling country group was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville this year.

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Keith Urban was there to introduce them and celebrate when they received their star. And their message to the crowd that day rings true of this new honor they received at the Rare Country Awards show.


“It can really happen,” Karen said. “You just have to believe. You’ve got to have faith and perseverance.”

Congratulations on your Rare Country Award Jimi, Karen, Kimberly and Phillip!

Samantha Stephens absolutely lives for music. When she's not making it, she's talking or writing about it. She's worked in all arenas of the country music world for nearly a decade, from syndicated radio and television to print journalism. She's even been known to crash a red carpet or two, true story.
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