Chris Young and Cassadee Pope just celebrated their Grammy nomination in the coolest way John Russell/CMA
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Just like most musicians who had a gig the night before, country superstar Chris Young slept in on the morning of Dec. 6 but not for long.

In fact, the chimes of text messages woke Chris up with the wonderful news that he and Cassadee Pope had received a Grammy nomination for best country dup/gruop performance for their duet, “Think of You.” The nomination pits the two against fellow country artists Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King (“Different for Girls”), Brothers Osborne (“21 Summer”), Kenny Chesney & Pink (“Setting the World on Fire”) and Pentatonix featuring Dolly Parton (“Jolene”).

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“It’s been a morning full of a ton of text messages,” Chris told Rare Country mere hours after the Grammy announcement. “I’ve been going back and forth with Cassadee and my band and the engineers and the writers – just anyone who had a hand in this song. Let’s just say there were lots of exclamation points.”

Indeed, exclamation points are certainly worthy on a day such as this for Chris and Cassadee, who used the punctuation marks all over the tweets she sent out to her fans shortly alter receiving the news.

Country fans will recall that this is, in fact, Chris’ second Grammy Award nomination, having previously earned a nod for best male country vocal performance for his chart-topper “Gettin’ You Home.”

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“So much has changed since ‘Gettin’ You Home’, which was really the first thing that worked for me on country radio,” Chris tells Rare Country. “But yes, the second nomination feels just as good as the first. I keep saying it feels special, which is a lame way of describing it, but it’s true. There are many artists that go through the entirety of their career without a Grammy nomination, so to have two… well, yeah, it’s just very special.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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