Nominations for the 2018 CMA Awards were announced this week and we can’t say we’re surprised to see two super-talented Diamond Celebrities up for recognition.
Dan + Shay, who joined Diamond Resorts as celebrity ambassadors in May, received four nominations:
- Vocal Duo of the Year
- Single of the Year for “Tequila”
- Music Video of the Year for “Tequila”
- Song of the Year for “Tequila”
Lauren Alaina, who also joined the Diamond Resorts family in May, is nominated for New Artist of the Year.
Released in January, “Tequila” is Dan + Shay’s first multi-week No. 1 single at country radio and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America earlier this month.
They are easily one of the top duos in country music, which makes the private, intimate concerts they perform exclusively for Diamond Resorts members even more special. Their first show was in July at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida. After the concert, Diamond member Deborah Lefort said the experience was one of the best she’s had with Diamond Resorts.
“They were very cordial, they were friendly,” she said. “They were great to the whole audience. It was wonderful.”
4 NOMINATIONS. ??
— Dan + Shay (@DanAndShay) 28 August 2018
Alaina has also drawn praise from Diamond Resorts members. She has performed several private shows across the U.S. and has additional concerts scheduled for later this year.
During her most recent performance in Orlando, Alaina opened up with the group about her stepfather’s battle with cancer and her recent engagement to her long-time boyfriend. She performed for the group of less than 250 Diamond members the day after she performed at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
So excited and proud of @Lauren_Alaina for being nominated by the @CountryMusic for #NewAritstOfTheYear As one of @diamondresorts newest #Ambassadors be sure to catch one of her shows @diamondresorts locations around North America! #CMAAwards #DRILive https://t.co/kYYoOom4GB
— Mike Flaskey (@TheVacationDR) 28 August 2018
She first broke into the country music scene after competing on Season 10 of American Idol, and has since released two studio albums: Wildflower in 2011, and Road Less Traveled in 2017. Her second album landed on several end-of-year “Best Of” lists, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. It also became the top-streamed female country album release of the year and includes her first No. 1 hit single, “Road Less Traveled.”
Earlier this year, she was named the ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year and was nominated for ACM Vocal Event of the Year for “What Ifs,” the double-platinum-selling No. 1 collaboration with her childhood friend, Kane Brown.
It’s safe to say we’ll be cheering for both Dan + Shay and Alaina when the CMA winners are announced during the live awards gala Nov. 14, 2018 on ABC Network.
To learn more about the Diamond Live series, go to DiamondResorts.com/diamond-resorts-concert-series-dates.