Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn were committed elsewhere, and so couldn't accept the first-ever Elvis Presley Patriotic Song Award in person. Instead of attending the dinner where the American Veterans' Awards were presented, Brooks and Dunn received their award for their song, "Only in America," on the set of CMT's "Most Wanted Live" show last Saturday night.
"You don't do songs for the rewards. You do songs because they strike a chord in you and make you feel something," Dunn said.
Brooks, who wrote the song, says they didn't know when they released it that it was anything more than a celebration of this country. He says it was tragic — and also made them proud — that it ended up meaning something more to other people after last year's terrorist attacks.