Country music was well represented during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. Among the many performers were Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt performing a mash-up of their hits “Heartbeat” and “Take Your Time” while Luke Bryan paid tribute to Lionel Richie along with Demi Lovato, Tyrese, John Legend, and Meghan Trainor. Chris Stapleton also took to the stage along with Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr. to pay tribute to BB King. But the performance of the night was definitely an orchestra-infused version of “Girl Crush” by Grammy award winners, Little Big Town.
In terms of awards won, it was Chris Stapleton’s night as he was the only country artist to claim multiple awards. Prior to the telecast he was named winner of the Best Country Solo Performance for “Traveller” and later on during the main awards show he won Best Country Album for Traveller. That means the album has won two-thirds of the triple crown (winning the Grammy, CMA, and ACM awards) and could complete it at April’s ACM Awards.
Little Big Town claimed their second Grammy award of their career as “Girl Crush” was named Best Country Duo/Group Performance prior to the main awards show. “Girl Crush” also claimed Best Country Song honors for songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose. “Girl Crush” is now also one win away from completing the Song of the Year triple crown and could do it with a win at the ACMs later this year.
It was a great showing for country music in the all-genre categories as they were included in 3 of the four. New Artist of the Year included Sam Hunt (Meghan Trainor won), Song of the Year included “Girl Crush” (Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” won), and Album of the Year included Chris Stapleton’s Traveller (Taylor Swift’s 1989 won). Overall, country music was a big part in tonight’s telecast.