With twins in her tummy and the Grammy Awards in her heart, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott woke up on the morning of Jan. 28 feeling just a tad sad that she wasn’t able to travel to New York City to sit next to her bandmates during one of music’s biggest nights.
But with a great gesture, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood let Hillary know they were thinking of her.
As nominations were read for the Best Country Album category that had Lady Antebellum up against fellow country superstars such as Thomas Rhett, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton, Hillary couldn’t help but notice that her bandmates were holding a little paper cutout of her cutout when the camera panned to them.
“I started bawling and laughing equally,” Hillary wrote on her Instagram page on Jan. 28 alongside a quick video clip of Charles and Dave holding the cutout. “I literally have the best bandmates and family in the whole wide world. It’s been a bittersweet day not being in NYC, but I’ve never felt more in two places at once.”
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I started bawling and laughing equally. I literally have the best band mates and family in the whole wide world. It’s been a bittersweet day not being in NYC, but I’ve never felt more in two places at once. ❤️❤️❤️ @charleskelley @davehaywoodla @cassiemkelley @kellicashhay @ladyantebellumAdvertisement
Indeed, the cutout became quite its own star throughout the band’s busy Grammy weekend, making its way into a number of Instagram posts. “Cheers to you, Hill,” Charles and Dave captioned one photo on the Lady Antebellum Instagram page that appears to show the cutout enjoying a cocktail. “She’s grabbing a last minute sip before we head to our seats!! 😉 Have you had the babies yet??”
It certainly looks like the cutout was Charles’ wise idea, and that he actually came up with it on the airplane ride to the Big Apple with wife Cassie. “Maybe I’ll make a cardboard cutout of you,” he wrote to Hillary from the plane.
But laughs aside, there was no doubt that Charles and Dave didn’t feel quite complete without their leading lady by their side. “Our girl’s back at home,” said Dave in a red carpet interview with “People” before the show. “She’s due any second with twin girls. Couldn’t be more happy for her, but we miss her. We feel so weird without her on the red carpet.”
“If we’re lucky enough to win, I guarantee she’ll be at home and she’ll be screaming aloud,” added Charles. “We have our phones on vibrate in case she goes into labor.”
And while Chris Stapleton ultimately took the win, Charles says the band just felt grateful to even be included in the awards show.
“It’d been a few years since Lady Antebellum was nominated, and so, it’s been a couple albums in between the ‘Own the Night’ record and this one,” Charles explained during an interview on Jan. 27. “And so this meant a lot, this really did. We worked our butts off for this record.”