Heading into the Houston Astrodome for the 2015 Academy of County Music Awards, John Osborne, the older half of The Brothers Osborne, suspected he and his brother TJ wouldn't win ACM Vocal Duo of the Year.
The pair, both graduates of Southern High School and former Deale residents, were up against Brooks & Keller, a pair that makes a habit of ACM Vocal Duo of the year. And they won again.
"Sure, I had some small hope there'd be a freak upset," said John Osborne. "But to be nominated at this point in our careers is a huge, huge, huge achievement."
His mother, Tricia Osborne, agreed.
"Millions of people saw them on TV and heard their music who hadn't heard them before," she said.