The Band Perry’s ‘If I Die Young’ Wins Big at 2011 CMAs
Country trio the Band Perry were big winners at last night's Country Music Association Awards, capturing three awards, including Song of the Year and Single of the Year for their crossover hit 'If I Die Young.'
Siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry accepted the honors, which began with Single of the Year, the first award on the broadcast. The group also took home Best New Artist, which became a lock after their first two victories.
During her acceptance speech for Song of the Year, Kimberly hinted that even though she wrote 'If I Die Young,' the song came from a higher authority than her. “You know I truly believe that ‘I Die Young’ would have been written with or without me. I was just so excited to have the pen when it was ready to come to Earth.”
'If I Die Young' was released as a single back in June 2010 and took months to crossover to the pop chart, where it eventually peaked at No. 14 in August. It reached No. 1 on the country and adult contemporary charts.
This could be just the beginning of the Band Perry's dominance during award show season. They've scored three nominations for the American Music Awards, and they're considered an overwhelming favorite to earn a Best New Artist nod later this month when the 2012 Grammy nominees are announced.