What a star studded event! Country music artists…and miss Taylor Swift…all came out for the annual Grammy bash thrown by the local chapter of the Recording Academy. Brandy Clark, Hunter Hayes, the Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston, Old Crow Medicine Show, and a variety of other acts from all sorts of genres showed up at the Loews Vanderbilt hotel to celebrate the Grammy nominations.
Brandy Clark, the underdog with sights set for Best Country Album and Best New Artist, is just happy to be included in such a diverse category and to be able to represent country music.
I think the Grammys are very inclusive of country. Just look at me being nominated for Best New Artist overall. And last year, Kacey [Musgraves]. I think they want to help be a launching pad. And it really is helping me, someone who hasn’t had a lot of airplay or sold a lot of records.
Country music’s golden boy, Hunter Hayes, who is up for his fifth nomination for Best Country Solo Performance for “Invisible,” is pretty amazed by his Grammy nominations thus far.
That’s a heck of a number for a 23-year-old. I guess it could get in your head, but that’s something you have to look in the mirror and go, “Do this for yourself.” Because you never wake up on Grammy morning expecting a nomination — or at least you shouldn’t.
This go-around, his nomination is special for a different reason: it represents a lesson learned to not overthink the recording process.
We worked very hard on this song in the studio and I let it get to me. Whatever it was got into my head and messed with the production of the song. So we scrapped it. I called my band, said, “We’re going back to square one and we’ll not use any of the pieces — except the strings, because that was special.” The more time you prepare, sometimes the worse the song is.
Lee Ann Womack was another one that was shocked by her Grammy nod. Her LP The Way I’m Livin’ is up for Best Country Album.
I feel a little bit like Cinderella — it’s unexpected. I learn something every time I make a record. And I learned with this one that if you do follow your heart, it will be successful.
Shane McAnally, who took home two awards last year for his work with Musgraves, and is up again for writing Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” is completely okay with just having his Grammy from last year. Not trying to be greedy at all.
I have the Grammys on a mantel in my house and I don’t think an hour goes by where I don’t look at them. I’m still waiting for someone to knock on the door and say, “Wait a minute. Those aren’t really yours.”
Taylor Swift was there to just show her support and ended up supplying the world with more selfies from guests than any one else in attendance.
Looks like a good time was had by all and I personally am now even MORE excited!
The 57th Grammy Awards air February 8th on CBS.