Bonnie Raitt’s Jaw Drops After Winning Grammy Award For Song Of The Year
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Bonnie Raitt was one of the big winners at the 2023 Grammy Awards. Prior to the main ceremony, she won the awards for Best American Roots Song for “Just Like That” and Best Americana Performance for “Made Up Mind.”
Then, during the main ceremony, Raitt’s “Just Like That” was named as the winner of the all-genre Song of the Year Award.
The Song of the Year Award is given to the winning song’s songwriters. Raitt was the sole songwriter on “Just Like That.”
Raitt had never been nominated for the Song of the Year award before. So it came as a huge surprise to her when she won.
Raitt’s jaw literally dropped after “Just Like That” was named as the winning song. She stared at her tablemates in open-mouthed surprise for some time before she finally stood up and made her way onstage.
Still in shock, she covered her mouth with her hand as she stepped up to the microphone and tried to collect her thoughts. “Oh, I’m so surprised. I don’t know what to say,” she said.
Calling it “an unreal moment,” Raitt continued:
“Thank you for honoring me, to all the Academy that surrounds me with so much support and appreciates the art of songwriting as I do…And people have been responding to the song partly because of how much I love and we all love [the late] John Prine, and that was the inspiration for the music for this song and telling a story from the inside…I don’t write a lot of songs, but I’m so proud that you appreciate this one and what this means for me and for the rest of the songwriters…
Raitt ended her speech by saying:
“I would not be up here tonight if it wasn’t for the art of the great, soul-digging, hard-working people that put these songs and ideas to music. So I thank my team for helping me get this record out. And thank you so much. I’m just totally humbled. I really appreciate it. Thank you.”
You can watch Raitt’s full acceptance speech in the video below. Congratulations to her!