Dan + Shay were glued to the GRAMMY website on Friday (Dec. 7), anxiously anticipating the 2019 GRAMMY Awards nominations. During an interview with New York radio station Nash FM 94.7, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney admit that it’s still a shock to hear people refer to them as a GRAMMY-nominated duo.
“It’s a dream come true,” Dan says of their two nominations. “It really is. We were surprised this morning when we woke up and saw it. It’s tough competition to get a nomination. There are a lot of people making country music and to see our name on the list is really cool. [It’s] something we never had before.”
two grammy nominations.
dreamed of this since i was a kid. pic.twitter.com/qQI6nqQYCg
— Dan Smyers (@dansmyers) December 10, 2018
Dan + Shay were recognized in the category of Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their hit “Tequila” while the track’s songwriters (Dan, Nicolle Galyon and Jordan Reynolds) were also nominated for Best Country Song.
“I was refreshing the website waiting for it. I’m on the website and I was refreshing it at 8:44, 8:45, just hoping,” Dan admits. “You never expect it. It’s been a good year for us and I was like, ‘Maybe, just maybe.’ Then I saw it come up and it was crazy.”
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) December 8, 2018
The station’s deejay then asked which band member screamed the loudest once he learned about their two nominations. Shay quickly confessed it was him.
“I screamed pretty loud when we found out,” he says.
.@DanAndShay share who screamed the loudest when they found out they got a Grammy nomination! – Backstage at #NASHHolidayBash with @JesseAddy and @heykatieneal! Full interview at https://t.co/KVKGYaxikw pic.twitter.com/iSPkPdKEAJ
— NASH FM 94.7 (@NASHFM947NY) December 9, 2018
Following the announcement, Shay revealed that the GRAMMY announcement came six years to the day they first met at a party. “Emotion level: maximum,” the duo write on Twitter.
On this night 6 years ago, I met @dansmyers at a party. The odds of this happening are ridiculous. But I’m really, really glad it did. Thank you to our fans for continuing to change our lives. 2 Grammy Noms 😭😭😭😭@RecordingAcad pic.twitter.com/ucAjW1K6xl
— Shay Mooney (@ShayMooney) December 7, 2018