Going into CMT Music Awards – where they’re triple nominees for Video of the Year, Duo of the Year and game-changing Breakthrough Video of the Year – Maddie & Tae swept all three categories they were nominated in The Boot’s fan-voted Golden Boot Awards. Mirroring the CMT noms, the songwriting duo won New Artist of the Year, as well as taking Song and Video of the Year for their reality-checking “Girl In A Country Song.”
“I know we keep saying ‘I can’t believe this!’ but that’s 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 it’s climbing and the press is responding – some magazines we’d never heard of – and we’re hearing it could be number one, that it’s certified GOLD, that is #1. That’s 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 that’s all we thought about. To see something we’ve 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 as The Los Angeles Times, three appearances in The Washington Post and the UK’s Guardian have 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 weren’t out there – and we hope we can give other people the kinds of emotions and situations we wanted to hear about.”
“It’s 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 they’re old friends we haven’t 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 the CMT Video Music Awards, broadcast live on CMT Wednesday, June 10 at 8/7C.