Brooks & Dunn's Ronnie Dunn: My GRAMMY Moment

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Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn)

Before a new crop of GRAMMYs are handed out, hear from past winners about what it's like to receive the coveted honor.

Brooks & Dunn won best country vocal performance by a duo or group for 1996's "My Maria."

RONNIE DUNN: “I was hesitant to record ‘My Maria’—it had been a regional hit for B.W. Stevenson in the ’70s. I was uncertain how it would be received on the country music front. It felt a little progressive for the sound of the day. The song went on to do extremely well, and we were nominated for a GRAMMY. I’m always starstruck at the GRAMMYs. After we finished performing, Kix [Brooks] and I were ushered to our seats. Someone taps me on the back—I turn around and it’s Gene Simmons. He went out of his way to tell me that he liked my voice. It made me feel terrific. God knows what I said when we won. I never rehearse for those kinds of things, but I do remember how proud I felt and always will. I keep it on the mantle over the fireplace in what my wife calls my ‘all about me’ room.”


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