Ryan Bingham In The Winner's Circle

  • Ryan Bingham
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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.

The past few years of my life have taken me down a handful of roads that I never even knew existed. Traveling across the United States, Europe and Australia has been a humbling and educational experience that I'll remember for the rest of my life. Every now and then I think to myself, “How in the hell did i get here? And where the hell am I going to next?” I was definitely thinking that when I saw Lady Gaga’s giant egg coming down the red carpet at the GRAMMYs. It also happened when my wife and I sat down in our seats and noticed that we were sitting right next to the Roots. Someone had asked me in an interview before the show if there was anyone I would like to meet while I was at the GRAMMYs and I said, "Yeah, I would love to meet ?uestlove and the guys from the Roots."

A few hours later I was sitting right next to them. And then I actually won a GRAMMY. I mean, who in a million years would have thought? People have asked me what it's like to win one and I truly don't really know what to say. Obviously it's a great honor and it's gratifying to feel a sense of accomplishment. But at the end of the day when I think about going to the GRAMMYs, it is the giant egg and meeting the Roots that I'll probably remember the most. It was the adventure of just getting there and sitting five rows back from the stage when Mick Jagger tore the house down. Or when Christina Aguilera gracefully busted her a** and recovered with more class than the place could handle. Winning the award was the icing on top of all that cake.

Ryan Bingham won the GRAMMY for Best Song Written For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media for "The Weary Kind (Theme From Crazy Heart)" with T Bone Burnett at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards. He also appeared on the GRAMMY-winning soundtrack to Crazy Heart.


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