64th Grammy Awards: Seven Country Music Moments You Missed

by Tiffany Goldstein

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Country music’s best and brightest may not have won any of the best trophies of the night at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, but they were in the spotlight for many of the most memorable of the evening.

“The Daily Show” host and comedian Trevor Noah returned to host the star-studded affair following his successful run at the 2021 Grammys.

“Music’s Biggest Night” was previously scheduled to take place on January 31 in Los Angeles. However, due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant, the Recording Academy has postponed the prestigious ceremony.

The perfect evening was worth the wait, as the musicians brought their A-game with fearless fashion statements, served up groundbreaking performances and delivered emotional acceptance speeches.

Ahead of the legendary affair, country star and Best New Artist nominee Jimmie Allen performed at the ‘Premiere Ceremony’ at the MGM Grand Conference Marquee Ballroom alongside American singer Allison Russell. A handful of country music stars took center stage throughout the night, including Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Brandi Carlile and Brothers Osborne. Australian hitmaker Keith Urban and powerhouse singer Kelsea Ballerini also made a big appearance as presenters.

Chris Stapleton and Mickey Guyton entered the deal with the most (3) nominations under their belt in the country categories. Kacey Musgraves, the Osborne brothers, Miranda Lambert and Sturgill Simpson were close behind, with two nominations each. While icons Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson landed in the Best Traditional Pop Vocal category, Carrie Underwood nabbed a nomination for Best Roots Gospel Album with her critically acclaimed collection, “My Savior.” Underwood also picked up a nomination for “If I Didn’t Love You.” Meanwhile, trailblazer Brandi Carlile has stepped into the limelight as the first woman to be nominated for two Song of the Year titles in the same year.

Before the show aired on CBS, Chris Stapleton won Best Country Solo Performance with “You Should Probably Leave.” Shortly after picking up the win, he picked up another Grammy Award for single “Cold” in the Country Song category and Country Album of the Year for “Starting Over”, making him an 8 Grammy winner. Awards. While dressed to their nines, the Osborne brothers won their first-ever Grammy with “Younger Me” for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Although several artists from various genres were honored at the 2022 Grammy Awards, fan-favorite musicians from the country music scene shone and took the party to new heights with their honky tonk flair.

If you missed the 64th Annual Grammy Awards, don’t worry! CMT carefully collected the hottest country moments from the electric night.

1. Brandi Carlile seduces with her acrobatic voice

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile walked the red carpet wearing an eye-catching custom BOSS costume set. The set that weighed 40 lbs. was designed with rainbow colored gemstones and hand cut crystals.

“I’m finally turning into Elton John,” Carlile told Laverne Cox on E! Live from the Red Carpet. “Which has been my dream since day one,” she laughed.

The hitmaker entered “Music’s Biggest Night”, intertwined with his wife Catherine Shepherd and with five nominations. The multi-platinum artist broke a record as a woman in the Song of the Year category, as she was nominated for “A Beautiful Noise” with Alicia Keys and “Right on Time.”

Living legends Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt featured Carlile onstage to perform his 2021 ballad, “Right on Time.” Without bells or whistles – Carlile played the grand piano while supporting his wide vocal range. The country-rock star also strummed the electric guitar, showing that she is a multi-fascinated instrumentalist. The show received a standing ovation and thunderous applause.

2. The Osborne brothers win the first-ever Grammy Award

The Osborne brothers won their first-ever Grammy Award early Sunday (April 3) for their very personal, “Younger Me.”

TJ and John Osborne took to the podium to accept the award for Best Country Duo/Group Performance and gave a heartbreaking acceptance speech. After John’s moving speech, TJ took to the mic to share the inspiration behind the heavy lyrics to “Younger Me.”

“I never thought I’d be able to make music professionally because of my sexuality. I certainly never thought I’d be here on this stage accepting a Grammy after doing something that I think , was going to change my life, potentially in a very negative way,” he said with tears in his eyes. “And here I am tonight, not only accepting a Grammy Award with my brother, who I love so much , but I’m here with a man I love and who loves me back. I don’t know what I did to be so lucky,” he added.

The award-winning duo won in a very competitive category, taking the honor over Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean, Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd, Miranda Lambert and Elle King, and Dan + Shay. After the big win, they hit the red carpet to speak with E!’s Laverne Cox. During the conversation, they addressed fans struggling with their sexual identity.

“I can just say, ‘Man, it’s going to be okay. Whatever you’re going through in your life, you’ll be happy, you’ll love who you are, and people will support you,” TJ explained. “I just won a Grammy Award as an openly gay man! It’s incredible. I never thought this was going to happen, and it is!

3. Kelsea Ballerini teased the new music and raved about Taylor Swift

Country music singer Kelsea Ballerini walked the red carpet in a flawless black Raisa Vanessa dress that was adorned with a massive bow. The “Holes In The Bottle” singer tells E! that the look was originally designed for the 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards, but she decided it was Grammy-worthy. While showing off her sophisticated look, Ballerini said she’s releasing a new single this Thursday (April 7). The singer didn’t reveal the name of the track, but did mention it would be a “bop” and “breezy.”

Ballerini has revealed she’s been supporting close friend Taylor Swift as the country-turned-pop-culture phenomenon was nominated for Album of the Year for the record ‘Evermore’.

“I feel like she constantly makes people proud, whether you know her or not,” she said. “She is always advocating for change and pushing things forward for everyone,” she added.

Before Ballerini stepped off the carpet to present Best Country Album alongside Anthony Mackie, she rubbed shoulders with Korean boyband BTS.

4. Chris Stapleton impresses fans with “Cold”

Country icon Chris Stapleton delivered a powerful performance of fan-favorite hit, “Cold.” The soulful tune that lives on her Grammy-winning LP, “Starting Over,” was recognized earlier in the night and scored top country song.

The country crooner sang the soulful single alongside smoky drum beats with an electric guitar wrapped around his neck. As blue lights consumed the stage, Stapleton’s vocals were backed by a live orchestra and his band, The Honchos. Between verses, Stapleton showed off his impressive guitar skills with catchy riffs. Stapleton’s immaculate arrangement proves why he’s one of the most decorated musicians at the 64th Grammy Awards.

5. Chris Stapleton gives a unifying acceptance speech

Chris Stapleton won Country Album of the Year at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards for his record, “Starting Over.” When the 43-year-old hitmaker took center stage to accept the prestigious accolade, he spoke of the big and even the little moments in life he had to give up to pursue his craft.

While holding the iconic golden gramophone in his hand, Stapleton wished his twin sons a happy birthday.

“I think about the sacrifices a lot, because I missed part of their birthday today,” the father-of-five shared. “Everyone in this room has made some kind of sacrifice to be here doing this, and I don’t know what it’s like for everyone, but I know it hurts sometimes. But I hope we all do it, in order to make the world a better place, and the people in it will love each other and have a good time together and come together. So thank you very much for this award,” he added.

6. Carrie Underwood presents a new single, “Ghost Story”

Powerhouse singer Carrie Underwood dominated the Grammys stage and premiered recent track “Ghost Story.” Dressed in a purple goddess-like ensemble, the multi-platinum star delivered the revenge banger written by Josh Kear, Hillary Lindsey and David Garcia.

As Underwood sang the lyrics to the thrilling track, smoke filled the stage and his statement train floated through the air, producing a dramatic performance. 2013 was the last time the country superstar took the Grammy stage. However, they were recently nominated for Best Country Duo/Group and Best Gospel Roots Album.

7. Brothers Osborne delivers a jaw-dropping performance of “Dead Man’s Curve”

TJ and John Osborne closed the 64th Annual Grammy Awards with a stunning performance of their country-rock hit “Dead Man’s Curve.”

With a golden gramophone in their corner, the two brought the legendary stage heat as they shredded their electric guitars. Their infectious vocals and unstoppable stage presence had the live audience up from their seats to dance the night away.

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