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Watch TJ Osbourne Kiss Boyfriend After Country Music Awards Win

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The musician, who came out 10 months ago, won the Country Music Award for best vocal duo along with his brother. 


TJ Osborne of the country music duo Brothers Osborne kissed his boyfriend Wednesday evening after winning the Country Music Award for vocal duo of the year.

Osborne, 36, kissed his partner Abi Ventura, while his brother John Osborne, 39, shared a kiss with his wife, Lucie Silvas, according to People.

The younger Osborne came out ten months ago.

"It's been a crazy roller coaster of a year for us in so many ways, especially for me emotionally," Osborne told the audience as he accepted the award. "And to have you all support me, it really does feel like love wins tonight. Thank you."

The comments were met with a standing ovation.

John Osborne praised his brother and country music. "Give this boy a round of applause. We love this genre, we love the people, we love all of you so much," he said.

Brothers Osborne will perform "Younger Me" at the awards. Osborne wrote the song about how he came to accept his sexuality.

"The fact that we get to play a song that is so meaningful, particularly to myself, at a country music award show, it's one of those things that just kind of transcends the awards itself, money itself, fame," TJ Osborne told the Associated Press prior to Wednesday night.

Osborne had been out to family and friends for some time but was hesitant about when to come out publicly.

His coming out led the duo to become involved in political conversations about LGBTQ+ rights, especially living in Tennessee.

A state lawmaker blocked a proposed state resolution honoring Osborne several months ago.

"It kind of gave the message that maybe people that are gay or LGBTQ really, truly still aren't that accepted in this state," Osborne said. "And while that may be true in certain areas of our state, I don't feel like it is in Nashville, and I think it is a very accepting city here."

After the resolution was blocked, the brothers filmed the video for "Younger Me" -- nominated for video of the year at the CMAs -- with the steps of the Tennessee capitol building in the back. The brothers told the AP they wanted people to see those steps in a more accepting light.

"There still is this other big movement here of people... who are accepting and will speak up and will be there for you with open arms," Osborne said. "And you're not alone."

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