Vocal Event of the Year Nominees: 5 Fun Facts About the Songs
Alex Vaccarino

Vocal Event of the Year Nominees: 5 Fun Facts About the Songs

Boys ‘Round Here – Blake Shelton Featuring Pistol Annies & Friends

During a recording session for Boys ‘Round Here, songwriter Dallas Davidson actually mistook one of Blake’s yawns for him singing! Upon clarification, Dallas said “Well it sounded good; do it again!” which turned into the lyric “Ooooooo, let’s ride.” Looks like sometimes a mistake can actually be a good thing!

Cruise (Remix) – Florida Georgia Line featuring Nelly

The original version of this song was popular in its own right, making it into the top 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100 in 2013, but the success didn’t stop there. When FGL partnered with Nelly for the remix, things really took off. The new version won Single of the Year at the American Music Awards, a distinction which duo member Tyler Hubbard attributed to the collaboration. Said Hubbard, “I’ve got to thank my boy Nelly…Thank you for making this song epic for us. It’s a huge honor.”

Highway Don’t Care – Tim McGraw Featuring Taylor Swift & Keith Urban

When writing this song, McGraw actually knew right off the bat that he wanted Taylor Swift to sing the female vocals. Said the singer about his choice, “This was also one of the first songs I found for this album, and I knew instantly I wanted Taylor on it.” Clearly that was a good call, as Highway Don’t Care marks McGraw’s 34th #1 single on the country charts!

Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker Featuring Lady Antebellum

Wagon Wheel’s popularity might be forever linked to the smooth vocal sounds of Darius Rucker but the song was actually originally recorded by Old Crow Medicine Show in 2004. The idea to cut a new version of this song came to Rucker at his daughter’s high school talent show when the faculty band played Wagon Wheel. Said the singer, “They get to the middle of the chorus, and I turned to my wife, and I go, ‘I’ve got to cut this song.’ ” We’re all certainly happy he did!

We Were Us – Keith Urban And Miranda Lambert

This song, which explores two former lovers looking back at their lost relationship, was released by Keith Urban in 2013. When it came to choosing Miranda Lambert to collaborate with, Urban said it was a “no-brainer”. Interestingly, in the song the female vocalist is set to sing first and Urban was actually discouraged from having someone sing before him. However, Urban insisted that it stay that way since it worked best for the song and said in regards to Miranda Lambert, “It’s a duet. She’s not a backing vocalist.”

Tune in to see who brings home the award for Vocal Event of the Year at the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards live on Sunday, April 6th at 8/7c on CBS.

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