Worst Nepotism: Brooks & Dunn's NASH Icon Award
Not since Taylor Swift won BMI's first-ever Taylor Swift Award has an accolade so completely boggled the mind. How did Brooks & Dunn win the ACCA's NASH Icon Award? Not to suggest the 30-million-album-selling duo — who reunited last year — isn't deserving, but given Kix Brooks' 10-year distinction as host of the American Country Countdown With Kix Brooks radio show, one can't help but wonder if he didn't have a slight advantage here. "This is beyond humbling, it's almost embarrassing," Brooks said in his acceptance speech. He concurred with bandmate Ronnie Dunn, who joked that tomorrow he'd wake up in a whiskey haze, saying to himself, "You ain't no Johnny Cash, no George Jones, no Merle Haggard. You got a long way to go, skinny boy with a record deal." While Cash, Possum and the Hag have still yet to posthumously win any NASH Icon trophies, Brooks & Dunn celebrated their own resurrection with a spirited performance of their 2003 single "Red Dirt Road."