Lady Antebellum In The Winner's Circle

  • Lady Antebellum
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The Recording Academy asked a number of 53rd GRAMMY Awards winners to share their thoughts on winning, performing and simply experiencing the excitement of the telecast.

It's so hard to express the range of experiences and emotions you go through on GRAMMY Sunday. In the days leading up to the telecast, we tried to focus all of our energy and excitement on our performance. We really wanted to nail it, if you aren't in the right headspace, you'll take one look out into that crowd and go blank! Looking down and seeing our fans on a tour date is a little less nerve-racking than looking down at Beyoncé and Rihanna sitting in the front row!

We were in our dressing room when we were told we won our first award for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Need You Now." It was announced during the Pre-Telecast Ceremony, so we started off the night with a little extra inspiration. But when our names were called for Song Of The Year and then Record Of The Year — wow! I had a moment onstage during our acceptance…it's so hard not to get a little teary-eyed! We popped a bottle of champagne in our dressing room as soon as we got offstage and started celebrating! Our whole team was there with us — it was a really special moment I'll never forget.

Personally, the wins for Best Country Song and Song Of The Year meant the most. Writing music is what first brought Charles, Dave and me together. We started off as songwriters and still consider it the base and core of everything we do. The magic we have writing together is something that can't be explained, and I'm thankful for it every day. Being recognized by the entire music community for that is indescribable and truly more than we could have guessed when we sat down to write our first song in 2006.

It's absolutely crazy and amazing to win, but I think the most surreal parts for me were the compliments we received from our peers — other artists stopping to tell us that they are fans of ours, artists who are on my iPod! When Jamie Foxx stopped us to say he liked what we're doing, I felt like we were already winners for the night.

Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood, Charles Kelly and Hillary Scott earned awards for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best Country Song, and Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Need You Now," and Best Country Album for the album of the same name at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. The trio picked up their first GRAMMY last year for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "I Run To You."

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