Brooks & Dunn split after 19 award-winning years
Brooks & Dunn are calling it quits on one of the most successful acts in music history. The country music duo, who posted the news on their website, announced the end of a partnership that sold millions of records and concert tickets and won them a slew of awards.
Singer-songwriters Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn each had enjoyed some success in the 1980s. However, it was their pairing by a record company executive in 1990 that took them to new heights. They released 10 studio albums, two greatest hits collections and a Christmas disc, all of which produced charted singles. Their third compilation of hits is due out Sept. 9.
Over the years, Brooks & Dunn dominated the kudos of two competing country music groups. They owned the category of best duo at the Country Music Assn. awards fest every year from 1992 to 2006, with the exception of 2000 when Montgomery Gentry won. They were named entertainers of the year in 1996, and "Believe" won both single and video of the year in 2006.
Brooks & Dunn were the top duo with the Academy of Country Music from 1991 to 1997 and then again from 2001 to 2008. Brooks & Dunn were named entertainers of the year in 1995, 1996, and 2001. They won album of the year for their debut disc "Brand New Man" in 1992 as well as single of the year for "Boot Scootin' Boogie." And "Believe" took the song of the year prize in 2005.
Brooks & Dunn enjoyed far less success with the Grammys, having to compete there with groups as well. They took home only two of these awards over the years – in 1993 for "Hard Workin' Man" and again in 1996 for "My Maria." They also won favorite country group at both the 2005 People's Choice and Billboard awards.