A few days ago, news broke that CMA winners Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne would take the stage on Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Grammy Awards in New York for a special performance everyone needs to see. The four country artists will be performing a tribute to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy that took place in Las Vegas last October. That incident is now in history books as the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.
It’s impossible to fathom such violence and heartache—and we know this moment is going to be very difficult for the artists, too, as they all performed at the festival in the days leading up to the shooting. But music is a healer, and to have the opportunity to honor the lives lost on a global stage during music’s biggest night is a tremendous honor, especially for Brothers Osborne.
During a Jan. 22 press event in downtown Nashville announcing Dierks Bentley’s new “Mountain High Tour,” which they will be a part of, John and TJ Osborne talked about the upcoming Grammy moment. Although they couldn’t reveal anything specific about the performance just yet, the two are already readying their hearts and minds to take the stage for what is sure to be an emotional moment.
“I think there’s a lot of nerves around playing the Grammys because you’re in front of the upper echelon of all genres there in one room,” TJ told Rare Country and other media during the event at Dierks’ new Whiskey Row nightclub in downtown Nashville. “For me, I think in a way that it’s a tribute to those victims that it kind of takes it off of that to me .. I think I’ll be far more emotional than I will be nervous.
“I think that’s my worry—is just getting through the performance in that regard,” TJ continued. “But it’s certainly an incredible honor to not only play the Grammys, but to do it for that occasion.”
Brother John Osborne agreed, and talked about how lucky the duo feels to even have careers and be able to have moments and opportunities like this to use their music for good.
“We feel very, very fortunate to be able to play on the Grammys,” John said. “Especially with Eric and Maren, who are two very good friends of ours. That will take a lot of the focus off of it, because there are nerves surrounding it. But I think, just to kind of springboard off of what TJ was saying, the most important thing about that moment is honoring the victims and their families above all else. And I just hope that, at the end of the day, we can help heal something, at least a little bit.”
It will no doubt be one of the most powerful moments of the show. “The 60th Annual Grammy Awards” will air on CBS Jan. 28 live from Madison Square Garden.
After the Grammy Awards, John and TJ will hit the road with LANCO as special guests on Dierks’ “Mountain High Tour,” which kicks off May 17 and runs through October, visiting 40 cities.