People magazine’s Topher Gauk-Roger paused his interview to tell the pair they’d won Musical Event for “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” As the journalist started to tell them, Pearce caught on and excitedly started tapping her duet partner and shaking her head in disbelief. They embraced and shrieked with Pearce yelling, “Oh my God!”
“I’m over the moon on winning this award but especially happy for Carly,” he says of their win. “This is her story, her song and I am honored to be a part of it. Seeing this from the very beginning from her perspective to now winning awards is full circle — and humbling but rewarding.”
“To see people respond to ‘I Hope You’re Happy Now’ the way that they have has been is incredibly affirming, because I think it makes you — wherever you are in your life — feel less alone,” Pearce adds. “And having Lee’s voice, which is a bit of hurricane the way he comes in, it really brings home how hard it is for both people in these kinds of situations.”
“It has been such an incredible year for women in country music,” says the first-time ACM Female Artist nominee, “and the Academy of Country Music really showed that with this year’s nominees. Having grown up on so many dynamic, awesome women, I am so proud to be part of this year’s group of incredible female artists who inspire me so much and support each other when the going gets tough.”
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