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Ever since its release on December 15, 2014, Little Big Town‘s “Girl Crush” has dominated the country music world. Besides making its way to the top of the Billboard country charts, the song also won two CMA Awards and one Grammy. On Monday (April 18), “Girl Crush” took home yet another honor, this time the Song of the Year Award at the AIMP Awards.
Standing for the Associate of Independent Music Publishers, the AIMP Awards held their inaugural ceremony on Sunday, where “Girl Crush” was up for the Song of the Year Award along with Chris Stapleton‘s “Fire Away” and Keith Urban‘s “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” among others. The award is given to the songwriters, and the whole ceremony is about honoring the Nashville songwriting community.
Singer-songwriter Sam Hunt also had a song in the running for the Song of the Year Award…his number one hit “Take Your Time.” Even though Hunt was nominated against “Girl Crush,” when it came time for him to perform, it was “Girl Crush” he sang as opposed to his own song.
Hunt chose to sing “Girl Crush” that night for a special reason. The performance was part of a tribute to “Girl Crush” co-writer Hillary Lindsey, who was the recipient of the AIMP Independent Songwriter of the Year Award.
It turns out that Hunt ended up stealing the show with his performance of “Girl Crush,” which he performed as an acoustic, stripped down rendition. Hunt sat on a stool as he sang, and kept his eyes closed as he packed a burst of emotion into each and every word.
Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” will always hold a special place in our hearts, but we think Hunt did an exceptional job with his cover. You can see and hear for yourself in the video below.
Congratulations to the “Girl Crush” songwriters on your AIMP win!
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