The Civil Wars may be one of the biggest surprises in the list of CMA Awards nominations announced on September 10. Nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year, The Civil Wars are most likely the only duo in the award show’s history that would find it difficult to share a stage long enough to accept the award.
The duo’s cancellation of their tour in late 2012 led to breakup rumors, which led to extra-marital affairs rumors, which led to the band pretty much going into hiding and all-out confusion for their fans. In the spring of 2013, The Civil Wars announced a new album, and hopes ran high that the Grammy-award winning duo had resolved their differences.
Sadly though, as news came out that the new album may have actually been recorded prior to the breakup, fans’ hopes sank once again. Even as the self-titled new album finally made its way to retailers in late summer, Joy Williams stated that the duo was not on speaking terms and hadn’t been for almost one year.
Though the new album’s sales have yet to come near the band’s first release, “Barton Hallow,” the album did hit #1 across several Billboard charts. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as though the initial excitement over the album’s release has been enough to carry it very far. The discord between The Civil Wars band members Joy Williams and John Paul White seems to have permeated their fan base and left fans feeling as though The Civil Wars will just end up becoming a pleasant memory.
Why members of the Country Music Association felt the band deserved a nomination, despite it being apparent that they are no longer together, remains a mystery. Nonetheless, fans hoping for what may be one last win for The Civil Wars can tune in to ABC on November 6, for the full broadcast of the 47th annual CMA Awards. For a complete list of nominees, head over to “2013 CMA Awards nominees full of surprises.”
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