Maren Morris is a nominee for Best Country Solo Performance at this month’s Grammy Awards. It’s an award she won at last year’s show for her debut song “My Church.” Maren spoke with Country Countdown USA’s Lon Helton about her experiences at last year’s show, and this year’s nomination.
Maren told Lon the nomination was meaningful to her: “It was so cool, because I’ve never been nominated while the song is still on the radio. So this is exciting. This song is so personal to me, and I’m in great company, so it’s a really cool thing.”
Lon also asked Maren where she was when she found out about the nomination: “I was going to Maui for the BMI Songwriters Festival. The flight to Maui from Nashville was very long, and I was told the wifi was out, and I knew the Grammy nominations were coming out while I was on the plane. So I had to old-school it, and find out when I landed, got my phone turned back on, and had 70 text messages.” This year’s Grammy Awards take place Sunday January 28th in New York City.
Maren won that award last year for her debut hit My Church. She told Lon one of her favorite memories: “I was backstage and someone said, ‘Excuse me miss,’ and it was Stevie Wonder. Seeing those icons in person is really jarring. I remember walking backstage and John Legend was in the hallway. He stopped me and said, ‘I thought you were incredible, and I told my wife about it.’ I was like, are you talking about Christie Teagan? Because I love her. But I saw him in the front row, he was the first person to stand up and give me an ovation. Also for me to do my first Grammy performance with Alecia Keyes, it was really incredible. It was a really magical night. I didn’t realize it was real until the actual award came in the mail a couple of months later.”