Little Big Town lights up the Grammy Awards with their winning song Kevin Winter/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: (L-R) Recording artists Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, and Philip Sweet of music group Little Big Town perform onstage during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)

Little Big Town picked up some Grammy gold Sunday night, Jan. 28, winning the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category for “Better Man” in the pre-telecast ceremony. They found out the good news while walking the red carpet, and LBT’s Phillip Sweet spoke to E! about what it meant for them to win in that category.

He said, “It means everything. I don’t want to put too much on awards, but it really means so much when your peers and the community recognize the music. We’re so happy and thankful for Taylor [Swift] to send us the song ‘Better Man.’ It’s amazing.”

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Little Big Town later rocked silver, black and white-themed outfits to perform “Better Man” on the big Grammy Awards broadcast on a set that paid tribute to the show taking place in New York City this year. They were standing on a giant replica of an eagle gargoyle from the Big Apple’s Chrysler Building. As always, their vocals and look were on point.

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Choosing their Grammy red carpet and performance looks are not always easy, and neither is posing for photographers on the red carpet. LBT’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman posted this hilarious video about getting ready for the big night on Instagram.

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Smiling on the carpet 101 w/ LBT. #GRAMMYs

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Karen admitted that she thinks her face looks better when she doesn’t smile, so the two of them decided to practice different kinds of smiles for the carpet. They include the “mad smile,” the “serious smile” and the “genuine smile.” It’s downright hilarious, but also quite informative.

LBT had a very full Grammy Awards weekend in New York City. As previously reported, they got to perform in honor of their heroes, Fleetwood Mac, at the MusiCares Person of the Year event at Radio City Music Hall on Jan. 26.

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Rehearsing. #musiccares #fleetwoodmac

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The next day they posted a picture with Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsay Buckingham with the caption, “We love this man and his band of brothers and sisters. Fleetwood Mac has been such a part of our lives and such a huge influence on us as a band. Last night was amazing … a dream.”


Appropriately enough, LBT performed Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” at the big event.

Even though Little Big Town have become regulars at the Grammy Awards over the years, they don’t take these moments for granted. We caught up with the band at the Nashville Grammy nominees party a few weeks back, and the band’s Phillip Sweet told Rare Country it was gratifying to get this kind of recognition for their latest album, “The Breaker,” which was nominated for Best Country Album.

He said, “I think it’s so incredible they recognized ‘The Breaker.’ The whole album. I think that means so much to us. The love and the heart and soul that we poured into this. This album it’s just such a vibey, chill, cool record. We’re very proud of it. To me, one of my favorites we ever made. I’m just very thankful.”

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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