Written by: Tayhlor Stephenson
Live at the 60th annual Grammy Awards, country artists represented their genre by performing, claiming awards as their own — see a full list of country and americana award winners below — and even starring in commercials.
Little Big Town were the first country artists to take the Grammy stage, and they did so with a performance of their hit “Better Man,” famously written by Taylor Swift.
And if you didn’t quite catch the next country artist, it’s because she was disguised as Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Colonel Sanders. That’s right, that was Reba McEntire, who received a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album. And although she made a pretty convincing Sanders, the voice totally gave it away. The commercial that required McEntire to perform for a rowdy honky tonk-filled crowd promoted KFC’s Smoky Mountain BBQ fried chicken.
Later in the program, Stapleton’s From A Room: Volume 1 took the Grammy Award for Best Country Album.
“We always try to make great records — it’s good that we can — and I guess this is a testament to that,” Stapleton said in his sweet-and-to-the-point acceptance speech.
Immediately after, Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne gathered for an intimate tribute to those effected by the Route 91 Harvest shooting in Las Vegas. They courageously performed Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” while names of victims set the stage behind them. It was a heavy task for sure, but Church, Morris and Brothers Osborne beautifully conquered it.
Toward the end of the 60th Grammy Awards, Target premiered a commercial starring both Maren Morris and Zedd. The final message of the advertisement read, “#MoreMusic.”
Just before the night concluded, three-time 2018 Grammy award-winner Stapleton once again took the stage, but this time with a guitar in-hand. He and one of Recording Academy’s new lifetime achievement honorees Emmylou Harris performed Tom Petty’s “Wildflowers” to acknowledge those lost within the music industry over the past year. The tribute included country artists Glen Campbell, Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry, Don Williams and Mel Tillis.
Full list of Country GRAMMY Awards winners (Updated LIVE):
Best Country Song (A songwriter’s award):
“Better Man,” Taylor Swift, songwriter (Little Big Town)
“Body Like A Back Road,” Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Sam Hunt)
“Broken Halos,” Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton) -Winner
“Drinkin’ Problem,” Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne & Mark Wystrach, songwriters (Midland)
“Tin Man,” Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert & Jon Randall, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)
Best Country Solo Performance:
“Body Like A Back Road,” Sam Hunt
“Losing You,” Alison Krauss
“Tin Man,” Miranda Lambert
“I Could Use A Love Song,” Maren Morris
“Either Way,” Chris Stapleton -Winner
Best Country Album:
Cosmic Hallelujah — Kenny Chesney
Heart Break — Lady Antebellum
The Breaker — Little Big Town
Life Changes — Thomas Rhett
From A Room: Volume 1 — Chris Stapleton -Winner
Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
“It Ain’t My Fault,” Brothers Osborne
“My Old Man,” Zac Brown Band
“You Look good,” Lady Antebellum
“Better Man,” Little Big Town -Winner
“Drinkin’ Problem,” Midland
Best Americana Album:
Southern Blood — Gregg Allman
Shine On Rainy Day — Brent Cobb
Beast Epic — Iron & Wine
The Nashville Sound — Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit -Winner
Brand New Day — The Mavericks
Best American Roots Performance:
“Killer Diller Blues,” Alabama Shakes -Winner
“Let My Mother Live,” Blind Boys Of Alabama
“Arkansas Farmboy,” Glen Campbell
“Steer Your Way,” Leonard Cohen
“I Never Cared For You,” Alison Krauss
Best American Roots Song:
“Cumberland Gap,” David Rawlings
“I Wish You Well,” The Mavericks
“If We Were Vampires,” Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit -Winner
“It Ain’t Over Yet,” Rodney Crowell Featuring Rosanne Cash & John Paul White
“My Only True Friend,” Gregg Allman