Carnegie Mellon University
March 15, 2021

Dan + Shay Take Home Third Grammy in Three Years

By Heidi Opdyke

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Carnegie Mellon University alumnus Dan Smyers and his partner Shay Mooney extended their winning streak at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.

The Dan + Shay duo took home best country duo/group performance for the third consecutive year with their song "10,000 Hours" with Justin Bieber.

"Thank you so much to our fans, to Justin's fans. To everybody that voted for us, it truly means the world," said Smyers, a Pittsburgh-area native who graduated from the Tepper School of Business in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in finance. Previously, they won for their songs "Speechless" in 2020 and "Tequila" in 2019.

The award was announced as part of the Grammys pre-ceremony on Sunday, March 14.

CMU had at least two other nominations this year. Gilbert Rose, who graduated from CMU's School of Music with a master's degree in fine arts in 1991, was nominated for Best Opera Recording for conducting "Dello Joio: The Trial at Rouen." Stephen Schwartz , who graduated from CMU's College of Fine Arts in 1968, was nominated for Best Music Theater album for "The Prince of Egypt."

Watch Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber win for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "10,000 Hours" at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards. 

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