Gloriana dazzled odds makers Sunday night (11/22) when the group won the fan-voted T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2009 American Music Awards. The honor was decided by fans who were encouraged to text vote right until the end of the show. Other nominees in the category were Lady GaGa, Keri Hilson and Kid Cudi.
The vocal quartet’s debut single “Wild At Heart” has been the best selling single by a 2009 new country artist with over 375k sold and the group’s self-titled CD is the best selling new act debut album racking up sales of over 133k according to Nielsen Soundscan, a division of The Nielsen Company.
“We cannot even put into words right now how thankful we are to the fans who voted for us and to everyone who has made the last couple of months an absolute dream come true,” said the group’s Cheyenne Kimball.
“This is still a bit surreal for us,” added band member Tom Gossin. “It’s such an honor to win an American Music Award, especially since it is voted on by fans and we are so grateful to have amazing fans.”