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TJ Osborne makes history with the first gender kiss at CMAs

“That you all support me, it really feels like love wins tonight.”

TJ Osborne, one half of the group The Brothers Osborne, won more than Vocal Duo of the Year at yesterday’s Country Music Awards. His festive kiss with his girlfriend, Abi Ventura, marked the first gay kiss in the show’s history.

“It’s been a crazy roller coaster ride for a year for us in so many ways, especially for me emotionally,” TJ said in the band’s thank you speech. “And that you all support me, it really feels like love wins tonight.”

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After the victory, TJ Entertainment told Tonight that he himself discussed bringing Abi as his date to the show because of the possibility of hatred.

TJ, which was publicly released in February, is one of the few country artists signed to a major label that openly identifies itself as gay.

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The Osborne brothers also performed “Younger Me” at CMAs, which TJ wrote about getting along with his sexuality.

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TJ opened the show by saying, “I have always honestly felt that it would never be possible because of my sexuality to be here. And I just wish I would wish my younger me could see me now.”

The kiss in the air felt particularly poignant when Tennessee House earlier this year blocked a resolution honoring TJ for opening up about his sexuality.

SE: “We have some concerns.” @ JeremyFaison4TN and @tnhousegop block a decision to honor gay country music star TJ Osborne from @brothersosborne for no other reason than overt bigotry and defiance. It passed the Senate 30-0. So much hatred in our state. 🏳️‍🌈

Twitter: @TheTNHoller

In response to the blocked decision, the brothers posted their “Younger Me” music video on the Tennessee State Capitol.

Country music artists and fans showed their support for TJ on social media after the show.

Let me tell you to see an overtly gay man win a #CMA award & the cameras not cut away when he kissed his date is not something I thought I would see in my life. Glad to be proven wrong. To hell yes TJ Osborne !!!!!

Twitter: @trihardannette

Oh well, as if we had not been emotional enough tonight, here comes @brothersosborne #CMAawards

Twitter: @EliYoungBand

TJ Osborne is a damn king and should always be treated as such … Bad. Goddamn. Ass. #AMAS #Pride

Twitter: @ Jwg1213

I’m (not) sorry, but it gave me life to see TJ Osborne kiss his girlfriend on camera at CMA’s when @brothersosborne won Duo of the Year. Imagine all those queer country fans at home watching?

Twitter: @LisaLoudLarynx

The highlight of the CMAs for me must be that TJ Osborne kisses his girlfriend before accepting the Duo of the Year. #LoveFuckinWins 😭🥰

Twitter: @SamanthaCarbley

Ugly crying looks TJ Osborne. Thank you for speaking your truth and for your courage. #CMAawards @brothersosborne #InclusionMatters

Twitter: @__ KerryLyn130

We love to see it! Here’s to do more CMA’s history!

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