Brothers Osborne promised to deliver a message of inclusivityThey performed at 2021 CMA Awards on Wednesday ― but it was an offstage moment that may end up having the biggest impact.

The country band ― composed of guitarist John and and lead singer T.J., who are real-life brothers The vocal duo of year won the award.

Though it was the Brothers Osborne’s fourth time winning this award, Wednesday’s triumph felt a little extra special both for the band and its legions of fans. T.J. came out publicly as gayThis was his first signing to a major label for a male artist.

T.J. stopped to have a celebratory kiss and sex with his boyfriend as the Brothers Osborne rose from their chairs to walk towards the stage. Abi Ventura

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“It’s been a crazy roller coaster of a year for us in so many ways, especially for me emotionally,” T.J. said as he accepted the award. “To have you all support me, it really does feel like love wins tonight.”

Moments later, John urged the crowd to “give this boy a round of applause.”

Country music remains a popular genre. widely viewedThe moment was praised immediately by fans as being a conservative music genre.

Speak to Entertainment Tonight, T.J. admitted he’d hoped not to “make anyone uncomfortable” by inviting Ventura as his date, but stressed, “I love this person, and I want to be open in every way.”

“Hopefully [it can] show people that they also don’t need to hide or alter themselves in any way,” he added.

T.J. is a Maryland native and first spoke out about his sexuality. an interview with TimeMagazine published February. Though he’d been out to friends and family for years, he said that he felt he owed it to his fans to live openly as his authentic self.

“I’m very comfortable being gay,” he said at the time. “I want to get to the height of my career being completely who I am. I mean, I am who I am, but I’ve kept a part of me muted, and it’s been stifling.”

T.J. Osborne and John Osborne of The Brothers Osborne attend the 2021 CMA Awards.
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The news doesn’t appear to have had any major impact on T.J.’s career, as evidenced by his duo’s CMA Awards win. John and he joined in June. Miley Cyrus onstage for a performance of Pat Benatar’s “We Belong” at a special LGBTQ Pride Month concert in Nashville.

Nevertheless, public problems have occurred. In May, Tennessee Rep. Jeremy Faig blocked a state measureTo honor T.J.

Faison, a Republican who has opposed LGBTQ legislation in the past, did not cite T.J.’s sexuality in his decision to reject the largely symbolic measure. As it turns out, however local mediaOutlets pointed outSimilar awards were presented to Candace Owens (right-wing personality) and Ben Shapiro (left-wing personality).


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