CMA AWARDS VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Last year, the Vocal Duo of the Year category saw a major upset, with Montgomery Gentry ending Brooks & Dunn's eight-year winning streak.

"Winning Duo of the Year last year was almost more than we could believe," admits Troy Gentry.

This year, Kix and Ronnie will get the chance to steal back that crown - both acts are nominated again this year. In fact, all this year's Vocal Duo contenders were also nominated last year.

But a few things have changed since last year. For one thing, Brooks & Dunn released their hot-selling Steers & Stripes album, marking a stunning return to form for the duo.

Kix and Ronnie also packed 'em in on their Neon Circus And Wild West Show tour, where they were joined by - guess who? - Montgomery Gentry. Troy and Eddie also had a big year, with their second album, Carrying On, going Top 10, and their Top 5 hit "She Couldn't Change Me."

The Bellamy Brothers have also had a special year - they're currently enjoying their 25th anniversary in the business - and they've received a total of 19 CMA nominations during that time.

"We're excited to be nominated this year, as it's a year of celebration for us," says David Bellamy.

Another pair of siblings who has racked up a few CMA nominations is The Kinleys. Heather and Jennifer have now been nominated for four years running.

That means the relative newcomers here are yet another family act, The Warren Brothers.

Brad and Brett have now been nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year three times, and recently hit the Top 40 with "Where Does It Hurt."

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