“It really does feel like love wins tonight, thank you,” T.J. Osborne of Brothers Osborne said following the family band’s win for vocal duo of the year at the 2021 Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night (Nov. 10).
Sharing the award with his brother and band member John Osborne, T.J. delivered an emotional speech as the duo accepted their trophy onstage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
“I tell you, every time we have won this award it has never ceased to be extremely shocking,” T.J. Osborne said, accepting duo of the year for a fourth time at the CMA Awards. “Thanks to everyone who voted for us. It’s been a crazy roller coaster of a year for us in so many ways, especially for me emotionally, and to have you all support me, it really does feel like love wins tonight, thank you.”
John Osborne followed with his own words of support: “Give this boy a round of applause. We love this genre, we love the people, we love all of you so much.”
Following the win, T.J. Osborne was spotted kissing his boyfriend, Abi Ventura, whom reps confirmed has been dating T.J. for more than a year.
In February, T.J. came out as gay in an interview with Time — making him one of the few openly gay country artists to be signed to a major label (EMI Nashville). Other queer artists include Brandi Carlile, Chely Wright and Shane McAnally.
In his interview with Time, T.J. revealed how his identity has influenced his music. “I realize that it is a big part of who I am: The way I think, the way I act, the way I perform. God, think of all the times that we talk about love, and write about love. It’s the biggest thing we ever get to feel,” T.J. said. “I’ve done more than I ever thought I would. At this point, my happiness is more valuable than anything else I’d ever be able to achieve.”