The Grammy Nominations Concert has become a star-studded annual event that is televised in U.S. on CBS. In addition to live performance, the event announces the nominees for the next Grammy Awards. The 2011 Grammy Nominations Concert was held November 20 at the Nokia Theater. Here is what this celebrity who attended the event said in backstage during a press conference in the media room.
Best Country Solo Performance – “Dirt Road Anthem”
Best Country Duo/Group Performance – “Don’t You Wanna Stay” (with Kelly Clarkson)
Best Country Album – “My Kinda Party”
How does it feel to get three Grammy nominations in one year?
I’m excited. Obviously, the Grammys are the biggest thing in music. This is not only my first nomination but my first three. It’s been a good night. I’m excited. I literally found out 10 minutes ago, so I’m still flying pretty high right now.
What was it like performing “Dirt Road Anthem: with Chris “Ludacris” Bridges on stage at this year’s Grammy Nominations Concert?
It was fun. Chris and I got to know each other this year. This is really only the second time we’ve ever done that song live. It was fun. It kind of puts a new spin on a song that I play every night. Get to have him come out for a change and kind of have fun with it, man. So it was a lot of fun. I had a good time.
Who taught you how to rap?
Who taught me how to rap? I don’t know, man. When that song came about, to begin with, I was a little worried. I come from Georgia. We talk pretty slow down there. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to get all the words in.
But I grew up listening to stuff like Charlie Daniels’ “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” that kind of stuff, which is not that far off [from rap]. So I guess from that. And I grew up listening to all kinds of music: hip-hop, pop, rock, R&B, country, Southern rock, everything. So I grew up listening to a melting pot of all different kinds of music.
What would winning a Grammy mean to you?
I think a Grammy win in anybody’s career is just a huge honor. That’s something you kind of carry with you for the rest of your career: just saying that you are a Grammy Award winner. I think that, as far as musicians go, it’s one of the biggest honors you can receive. A nomination is great, but a win, that’s huge for anybody’s career.
Which Grammy nomination is the most important to you?
I think [Best Country] Album because it’s a project. It’s something that’s going to … be around long after I’m not. That was something that we worked really hard on. I felt that it was great, and we got a chance to put it out.
And people reacted to it the way they did, and it was a huge success for us. And obviously, this is proof of that. So I think [the Best Country Album award] is a huge one.
What are your plans for the holidays?
My plan for the holidays? This is kind of it for me for the year. I’m going to go home and probably go into hiding for the next month and a half. I got two little girls at home — an 8-year-old and a 4-year-old. And I’m on the road a lot during the year. So this is my time of year where I get to go home and be dad and kind of just hang out with them, take them to school pick them up, that kind of thing, so I probably plan on doing a lot of that over the next month and a half.
Do you think you’d record a song with Ludacris?
Maybe. As far as collaborations go, I love that. I love working with other artists. As I was just saying, I grew up a fan of all different kinds of music. And in the past, I had a chance to work with a lot of my country idols that I grew up listening to. I got a chance to work with Kelly Clarkson this year.
Luda. I love doing that stuff, man. I’m always up for it. If the right song comes along with the right artist and it makes sense, I think it’s great. It’s something I’d never want to force or try to create something cool. I think the best things like that just kind of happen, for whatever reason.
Which artists would you like to collaborate with someday?
There’s a ton of people I’d like to work with. To me, idols that I’ve worked with are guys like George Strait to Bob Seger to [John] Mellencamp — guys like that who I was a big fan of, growing up.
Will the holiday season this year be your first chance to reflect on the success of “My Kinda Party”?
I don’t know. We just got off the road just a few weeks ago, kind of wrapped up the tour. And this is the time of year, every year, where I get a chance to sit down and kind of reflect on the year. And yeah, I think this year, when you’re on tour, and you’ve got all these things going on, it’s kind of hard sometimes to realize what’s going on.
And now that I’ll be off the road and have a little time to sit and home and think about it, and think about what a great year it’s been. This is kind of been our coming out party this year, so it’s been fun.
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