It was extremely exciting and such an honor to be given a GRAMMY this year. We had come from such a blessed year with Need You Now and, along with the great artists we were nominated with, we were just content with being nominated and recognized this year. We sincerely had no idea that this would again be our year. When we heard our name called for Best Country Album, we were about as truly shocked as three people could be.
The GRAMMYs is a totally different and exciting atmosphere from that of country music awards shows. We've gotten close with a lot of people within our industry, so it's comforting to be around them. But when we get to look out from the stage at the GRAMMYs while we accept our award and see Paul McCartney and other huge artists, it feels like we're kind of in a different world. But it becomes a wonderful way for all the members of the music community to come together and celebrate. Being a part of that is surreal.
The most incredible thing to us is the encouragement we have from our fans. They supported this record, they appreciate our writing, and they show us love that is indescribable. Half of the reason we are here is because of all that they do. We didn't think it was possible to have yet another GRAMMY experience for a second year in a row, but the fact that we have really found ourselves and our music over the last year, this Best Country Album award for Own The Night gives us the feeling that we have arrived. And we can't begin to tell you how excited we are for all that is to come!
(Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott earned the Best Country Album award for Own The Night at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. The trio took home the same award in 2010 for Need You Now, along with Record Of The Year and Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for the title track. Lady Antebellum picked up their first GRAMMY in 2009 for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "I Run To You.")