TBP enjoys "surreal" night
Thursday, November 10, 2011
– The night was "surreal" for The Band Perry.
The trio won three Country Music Association awards on Wednesday: New Artist of the Year and Single and Song of the Year, although the latter actually went to Kimberly Perry as the writer of If I Die Young.
"Growing up, we watched the CMA Awards every year, so to think that we now have our own awards to put on our mantel is surreal. We are grateful to be recognized in this way and we promise to continue to keep working hard to deliver our best," said Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry in a statement.
"Wow. What an incredible night for The Band Perry - to not only receive these three CMA Awards, but to have delivered such a powerful performance during the show. This could not happen to three nicer people. Everyone at Republic Nashville is so proud and excited for Kimberly, Neil and Reid's amazing accomplishments," said Jimmy Harnen, Republic Nashville President.
The band performed its latest single, All Your Life, with a warmly-lit, vaudeville-themed set that referenced the song's music video, which features TBP as a traveling troupe of performers.
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