Maddie & Tae Sweep The Golden Boot Awards with Three Nominations (@MaddieAndTae)

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Going into CMT Music Awards -where theyre triple nomineesfor Video of the Year,Duo of the Yearand game-changingBreakthrough Video of the Year –Maddie & Taeswept all three categories they were nominated in The Boot’sfan-voted Golden Boot Awards. Mirroring the CMT noms, the songwriting duo wonNew Artist of the Year, as well as takingSong and Video of the Yearfor their reality-checkingGirl In A Country Song.

I know we keep saying I cant believe this! but thats just how it feels! marvels Maddie. We wrote a song because we were sick of the check list. And all of a sudden, we have a record deal and a single and a video, and its climbing and the press is responding some magazines wed never heard of and were hearing it could be number one, that its certifiedGOLD, that is #1. Thats crazy.

Tae concurs,Maddie and I started writing songs, because we wanted to express our lives: the thing that made us happy, made us mad, sometimes made us a little scared…We started when we were just 15, and thats all we thought about. To see something weve written have this kind of impact, well, just… wow.

Girl In A Country Song certainly struck a nerve. The Sugar Land, Texan and Ada, Oklahoman are the fastest rising female act in eight years to top the charts with their debut single, as well as only the third female duo in almost 70 years to hit #1 out of the box. But the real news is the more than 23 million views for the role-reversing video.

Cautioning No country music was harmed in making this song, the video is one of the most talked about in the last twelve months.Entertainment Weekly, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly,USA Today, RollingStone and NPR, as well asThe Los Angeles Times,three appearances inThe Washington Postand the UKsGuardianhave all written about the no-mess pair and their cheeky bit of truth.

Just as importantly, the fans responded. All three Golden Boot awards were fan-voted and the little duo that could found Girl In A Country Song beating more established artists like Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church and Keith Urban and tourmate Dierks Bentley in the Song and Video categories.

We LOVE the fans, Tae shares. They are exactly why we do this: because these are the songs we needed and wanted to hear, and they werent out there and we hope we can give other people the kinds of emotions and situations we wanted to hear about.

Its amazing the things people tell us in the meet & greet lines, Maddie continues. Maybe because we told the truth about our lives, fans are willing to tell us their stuff… So rather than meeting fans, it just seems like theyre old friends we havent met yet.

START HERE, their debut album, arrives August 28. Fly, the ballad about trusting faith in the falter, is rising up the Country radio charts. But most immediately, having kicked off THE SOUNDS OF SUMMER TOUR with Dierks Bentley last weekend, Maddie & Tae are gearing up for theCMT Video Music Awards, broadcast live on CMT Wednesday, June 10 at 8/7C.

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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