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INTERVIEW: Dan + Shay on how Miranda Lambert’s an amazing role model for women

The duo Dan + Shay is one of the fastest-rising stars in country music.

Ahead of this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, where they’re nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year, we sat down with Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay to find out who they wish they could collaborate with, how famous they hope to become and more. Check it out.

SheKnows: What makes country music fans different from fans of any other genre?

Dan Smyers: Country music fans are extremely passionate and loyal. It seems that country artists have longer-lasting careers because the fans stick with the artists through thick and thin. We are extremely thankful for the support the country community has shown us so far and can’t wait to share more of the journey with them.

SK: What other artists from outside the country genre would you want to collaborate or perform with?

DS: We’d love to collaborate with Rihanna or 50 Cent.

SK: What would you do if you were performing with Madonna and she started making out with you on stage?

DS: Gotta roll with it! I’d be anxious to check my Twitter account afterwards.

Shay Mooney: I would make out right back!

SK: What level of fame do you hope to reach?

DS: We want to reach as many people as possible with our music. The sky is the limit! Hopefully we can start touring internationally soon.

SK: What’s the most defining or trying moment you’ve had as a band so far?

DS: The most defining moment was hearing our song on the radio for the first time. You experience all the steps of the process from writing a song, to recording it, to mixing it, to mastering it, and when you finally hear it on the radio, it is fully validating!

SK: What do you think your biggest obstacles will be, as you further yourselves as a band?

DS: Trying to pick songs for our albums! We write so many songs, it is difficult to narrow them down.

SK: What’s one cause you’re really passionate about?

DS, SM: Animal rescue!

SK: Who do you really admire in Hollywood, not just because of his/her career, but because of what he/she stands for?

DS: Miranda Lambert! She not only has amazing music, but she is an awesome role model for females and rescues lots of animals!

SK: What image or message to you hope to project through your music and the way you live your life every day?

DS: Be confident and comfortable with yourself. If you know us, we are definitely not shy, and never try to be anything we are not. No matter what anyone tells you, you are perfect, just the way you are. Thanks, Bruno Mars!

See Dan + Shay perform with Nick Jonas at the ACM awards tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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