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Looking back on 2009, Keith tells Country Weekly, "I feel like I came into a whole new life, not just professionally but personally." Among his professional accomplishments were favorite male artist honors from the American Music Awards and the all-genre People's Choice Awards, proving that his appeal goes beyond the country music realm. Keith also shared CMA and ACM Awards with Brad Paisley for their hit duet, "Start a Band."
Here are a few exclusive, bonus quotes from Keith about those awards and his friendship with Brad.
On the People's Choice and American Music Awards, Keith says, "I was absolutely surprised, especially being in the company I was in. I've got some very passionate fans and they let me know it on those nights." Keith also says that he feels a true bond with Brad. "We're just kindred spirits, I guess," he says. "We both have a common background. You've got a couple of little kids growing up in their small towns and sitting in their rooms learning to play guitar and learning songs. I think we have a lot in common."
And there's exciting news for fans. as Keith notes that he is looking forward to releasing new music this year. "I'm anxious to get into the studio within the next month to start working on it," he says. Read more in the April 12 issue of Country Weekly.