Maddie & Tae Snag ACM Vocal Duo for the Year Nod at the 50th Annual ACM Awards (@MaddieAndTae)

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MADDIE & TAE, the Oklahoma/Texas teen songwriters who flipped the discussion about a girls place in Country music, continue their winning ways as they pick up a nomination forVocalDuo of the Yearat the 50thAnnual Academy of Country Music Awards. Having just topped the prestigiousNashville SceneCountry Critics Poll with Single of the Year for Girl In A Country Song, the accolades continue to stack up.

Oh My God, I cant breathe! Maddie Marlow squeaked. I cantbelieve this. I just…Ive been watching the ACM’s since I was little, and now were a part of it.

Maddies not kidding…We have watched these shows since we were little, Tae Dye picks up. And the idea of being in there with Brooks & Dunn and the Judds, Big + Rich, Montgomery Gentry, Sugarland…even before FloridaGeorgia Line…there are so many great duos, and were up there with them. Its crazy.

It is a little crazy how a pair of teenagers, frustrated with the way clichs were burying girls in the songs all the boys were singing, decided to write a cheeky little retort. Not quite It Wasnt God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, Countrys ultimate answer song, but with a wink and grin, the platinum blonds said everything people had been talking about for months.

We thought it was funny, but we also thought it was somethingeveryonewas talking about, but nobody would come out and say, Tae explains. To us, it was such a fun writing session, only it turned into being rushed into the studio, making the record, putting out the single, and BOOM! Ive never seen anything like it.

Our manager, Maddie adds, says shes never seen anything like it, either. Suddenly, itsLettermanand theTODAYshow and seeing all these radio stations…just running and going and being here and there and gone. You dont even realize, and they say things like Youre record is #1 and its a blur, but its such a good blur!

Thankfully, we got time over Christmas with our families to re-charge, Tae adds. So, I actually breathed for a second, thought, ACM Vocal Duo of the Year! You know, a year ago we were two girls with a songwriting deal, trying to put being young and dreaming and struggling into songsand now we’re nominated! Its a lot to take in.

The 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on April 19

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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