Thursday, September 2, 2010
Brooks & Dunn Wrap Up Their Collaborative Run With Final Show Tonight
Brooks & Dunn will soon end their "Last Rodeo." Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are closing out their 20-year partnership with the final performance on their "The Last Rodeo Tour" tonight at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The singers make no promises, but say they don't want to get too emotional during the show. With 23 number one hits, over 30 million records sold and more than 80 major awards their career has been rewarding. But Brooks says they never really thought a lot about their accomplishments, noting, quote, "We've always just kind of moved forward with everything we've done. We've never sat around to discuss winning Entertainer of the Year -- what that meant. It's kind of how we are geared I guess." In August 2009 Brooks & Dunn announced their break up. Tonight's concert will be a benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Kix and Ronnie were honored in May with a star-studded tribute broadcast on CBS, "ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn - The Last Rodeo." Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw were among those who performed. The duo received the Academy's Milestone Award recognizing their 20-year career and their record for most wins of any act in the Academy's history. Additionally, with 17 CMA awards Brooks & Dunn are the second most-awarded artist in CMA history, behind George Strait with 22 wins. The duo picked up another CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nomination on Tuesday. They already have 14 CMA awards in that category. In addition, Brooks & Dunn have two GRAMMY Awards, with the hits "My Maria" and "Hard Workin' Man." They've also taken trophies at the American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, People's Choice Awards, and CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards.