It’s been a big weekend in New York City for Chris Stapleton, and the country singer-songwriter didn’t just take a bite out of the Big Apple, he left nothing but the core.
Chris kicked off his busy weekend performing with pal Sturgill Simpson on “Saturday Night Live,” but Sunday was all about the Grammys, and what a show it was.
Early in the evening, the bearded superstar learned he was taking home his first two Grammys of the night, one in the Best Country Solo Performance category for “Either Way,” and another for Best Country Song for “Broken Halos.” Chris barely made it to the stage on the pre-telecast ceremony in time to accept his awards and offer his gratitude, but he was breathlessly gracious.
“This is amazing, this is always an amazing honor just to be here and get to be a part of this,” he began.
The obviously humbled Grammy winner then went on to say of “Either Way,” “This song is just me and an acoustic guitar, that’s all it is for the performance of this song, so for that to win is a beautiful thing to me. Thank you to the Academy for this and thank you, everybody, that voted for me and thank you, anybody, that bought a record or anything like that. I really appreciate it.”
Oh, but his night wasn’t finished! There was one country music award that was announced during the broadcast, Best Country Album. And when the seal on the envelope was broken, the name announced was Chris Stapleton and his project “From A Room: Volume 1.”
A man of few words, Chris briefly expressed his thanks to producer Dave Cobb before sweetly saying, “This is a wonderful room to be in with all these people tonight … We always try to make great records, as good as we can, and I guess this is a testament to that. So, thank you to everybody that worked so hard for us and out on the road. It’s a real joy to get to make music.”
Many of you will know that this isn’t the country star’s first trip up the Grammy stage. In 2016 he took home two of the golden gramophones, one for the album “Traveller” and the other for the album’s title song.
Of course, the Recording Academy wasn’t going to let Chris get out of New York without singing at their awards show. But he wasn’t alone. The Kentucky native was joined by the “Blue Kentucky Girl” singer and 13-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris, who received the Academy’s coveted Lifetime Achievement Award this year. Together, the pair performed Tom Petty’s stirring ballad, “Wildflowers,” in honor of members of the music industry who passed away in 2016, including Petty and country greats like Troy Gentry, Don Williams, Mel Tillis and Glen Campbell. (Watch it below.)
“The 60th Annual Grammy Awards” returned to New York City for the first time in 15 years this year. Since 2004, the Staples Center in Los Angles has been considered the permanent home for the Grammys, but prior to that, they were held at L.A.’s Shrine Auditorium and New York’s Madison Square Garden or Radio City Music Hall, but both Nashville and Chicago have been utilized for the iconic awards show in the past, too.
Congratulations Chris, and Emmylou, too!