April Fools Day was no joke for members of the Eli Young Band, who hit the 2012 ACM Awards in Las Vegas and made off with a surprise Song of the Year victory.
“Crazy Girl” beat out stiff competition from industry big dogs Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney, who were nominated for the oft-played “Just a Kiss” and “You and Tequila” respectively. Also up for the honor was Dierks Bentley’s “Home” and the truest dark horse of the bunch, the Vince Gill tune “Threaten Me with Heaven.”
The winning song, penned by Lee Brice and Liz Rose, was well-received by country fans and well-played by country radio. It is, at its core, an anthem to the ups and downs inherent in relationships and an ode to sticking it out when times get tough. It is, at its heart, what country music is supposed to be: A song about life and love.
Late last week, lead singer Mike Eli said he was beyond pleased to be included in the ranks of Song, Single Record, and Group of the Year 2012 ACM Awards nominees. He said that “Crazy Girl” had “absolutely changed our lives.” And of course, winning an ACM Award with help, too.