While the CMA’s earlier this week showcased the best of country music and blow the roof off performances (Jennifer Hudson performing a medley of Aretha Franklin’s country songs with the marvelous Chris Stapleton had the crowd on their feet during the whole performance), but the Brothers Osbourne emotional performance and subsequent receipt of the 2021 CMA Award for Vocal Duo was not just a defining moment for TJ Osbourne (who came out publicly last February in Time Magazine), but for the LGBTQ community as a whole, who now may be finally seeing a space for themselves in the country music stratosphere, long known for an ultra-conservative viewpoint.
TJ Osbourne (the first openly gay musician signed to a major country label) performed the emotional song ‘Younger Me’ along with brother John Osbourne, where he introduced the song by speaking about his own personal journey saying “For many years I would watch this show year after year,” Osborne said. “I dreamed of being up here on this stage. There were so many things that were hurdles for me. I always felt, truthfully felt like it would never be possible because of my sexuality … to be here. And I wish my younger me could see me now.” ‘Younger Me’ is a powerful and emotional song that speaks to not just TJ Osbourne’s journey, but so many other people who have struggled in the LGBTQ community. (Check out their stirring performance here).The lyrics read in part;
Overthinking, losing sleep at night
Contemplating if it’s worth the fight
If he only knew he’d be alright
Yeah, younger me
As he and brother John were announced as the 2021 CMA Vocal Duo of The Year, they rose from their seats and TJ firmly planted a kiss on boyfriend Abi Ventura During his speech, TJ Osbourne said “to have all of you support me, it really does feel like Love Wins tonight” to which he and his brother John received a thunderous standing ovation. When he spoke to Entertainment Tonight, Osbourne said “I was like, ‘I hope this doesn’t make anyone uncomfortable, but this is how I feel,’” he told ET. “I love this person, and I want to be open in every way.”
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