Why Wasn’t Willie Nelson At The Grammy Awards?
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The 65th Annual Grammy Awards took place on Sunday night (Feb. 5) at LA’s Crypto.com Arena (formerly Staples Center). Hosted by Trevor Noah, the awards show gave recognition to this year’s best music.
Most of the country awards were given out prior to the live broadcast, so by the time the Grammys were airing, we already knew that the Cody Johnson song “‘Til You Can’t” won Best Country Song, and Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde took home the trophy for best Country Duo/Group Performance for their duet “Never Wanted To Be That Girl.”
Prior to the ceremony, Willie Nelson had also won the Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance for his song “Live Forever.”
The only country award given out during the live ceremony, which aired on CBS, was Best Country Album. In the running was Luke Combs for Growin’ Up, Miranda Lambert for Palomino, Ashley McBryde for Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville, Maren Morris for Humble Quest, and Willie Nelson for A Beautiful Time. Nelson was the only artist nominated in this category that didn’t attend the awards ceremony, so fans were sure the award would go to someone who went to the show. Nope!
Shania Twain was tasked with announcing the winner of Best Country Album, and it was Willie Nelson! The crowd roared with applause, and people began to look around to see him walk up to accept his award. Shania said to the audience, “Willie could not be with us tonight, so I accept this award on his behalf. Love you, Willie!”
Willie’s son, Lukas Nelson, took to his Instagram stories to congratulate his legendary father. With a big smile on his face, Lukas said, “Congratulations on your Grammys, Dad! Year 90 is gonna be the best one yet. Love ya!”
So…where was Willie?! Willie’s social media accounts have not posted since his big win, so we aren’t sure where he was, or why he missed the Grammy Awards.
We do know he will be in Los Angeles at the end of April to celebrate his 90th birthday with a huge two-day concert at the Hollywood Bowl with incredible guests like Beck, Billy Strings, Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, and many more.