Best: Dan + Shay's Buzzworthy "Tequila"
In a rare instance of nice guys finishing first, Dan + Shay had a big night on Wednesday, clenching the Duo Video of the Year award for their cinematic "Tequila" clip and then giving a knockout performance of the tune during the show. Opening with Shay Mooney seated at a piano and flanked by his singing partner Dan Smyers, the performance quickly scaled up to arena-sized proportions with their band providing a lush, almost orchestral arrangement. One of country's most gifted lead vocalists, Mooney absolutely crushed his parts, easily shifting from the pillow-soft delivery of the opening verse to the cathartic, hurricane force wails in the song's climax. Even their fellow nominees Brothers Osborne, who have scooped up every other Duo award lately, were elated: during the telecast, John Osborne bear- hugged both men as they passed on their way to collect their trophy. J.F.