Country artists Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett discuss performing "Islands In The Stream" for The Recording Academy's 40th-anniversary celebration of the landmark Saturday Night Fever film soundtrack, and the privilege of honoring the original Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers performance and songwriter Barry Gibb. Watch "Stayin' Alive: A GRAMMY Salute To The Music Of The Bee Gees" on Sunday, April 16 at 8–10 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
Current GRAMMY nominee Maren Morris discusses how she segued from opening for Keith Urban to performing on the GRAMMY stage at Staples Center, plus her performance with Alicia Keys on the 59th GRAMMYs and the good advice she received from Keys, during rehearsals for the 59th GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 9 in Los Angeles.
Country singer/songwriter reveals her excitement for her first career GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist and why a nomination makes her feel "validated." Tune in to the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.
GRAMMY-nominated country artist Hunter Hayes was the recent guest for an installment of The Recording Academy's 5 Questions With … series. Held at The Recording Academy's Nashville Chapter, Hayes discussed playing every instrument on his self-titled debut album, performing on "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," and plans for future releases, among others topics.
"The way I did my record was an extension of the way I did my demos, which was borne out of that experimental nature," said Hayes. "The difficult part was falling into the different categories. I am by nature a guitar player. … I learned all of these other instruments around that, and around the theory that I built learning the guitar."
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Born in Louisiana, Hayes released his self-titled major-label debut album in October 2011, on which he co-wrote every song, shared producer duties and played some 30 instruments. Hunter Hayes, which received a nomination for Best Country Album at the 55th GRAMMY Awards, spawned the multi-platinum-certified single "Wanted," which reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Solo Performance. Hayes received a third nomination at the 55th GRAMMYs for Best New Artist. Hayes performed "Wanted" on the 55th GRAMMY telecast in February as an intro to Carrie Underwood's performance, and also presented the nominations for Record Of The Year with a performance on "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" in December 2012. Hayes is currently on a U.S. tour, including select slots on Underwood's tour, with dates scheduled through August.
Maren Morris interviewed backstage at the 59th GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 12, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.