Brothers Osborne Hope to Heal With Route 91 Tribute Performance on GRAMMYs

Written by Annie Reuter
Brothers Osborne Hope to Heal With Route 91 Tribute Performance on GRAMMYs
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 08: The Brothers Osborne perform during the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Brothers Osborne are set to take the stage with Maren Morris and Eric Church at the GRAMMY Awards on Sunday (Jan. 28) for what promises to be a poignant tribute to the lives lost after a gunman open fired at Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last year. All three acts performed at the festival prior to the shooting on Oct. 1 during Jason Aldean’s headlining set where 58 country music fans were killed and more than 500 were injured.

During a press gathering at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row on Monday (Jan. 22), TJ and John Osborne discussed their upcoming performance at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards. While they didn’t give too much away as far as the song selection, they did say it will be an emotional tribute.

“I think there’s a lot of nerves around playing the GRAMMYs because you’re in front of the upper echelon of all genres there in one room,” TJ tells Sounds Like Nashville and other reporters. “For me, I think, in a way that [since] it’s a tribute to those victims that it takes it off of that. I think I’ll be far more emotional than I will be nervous. That’s really my worry, just getting through the performance in that regard. It’s certainly an incredible honor to not only play the GRAMMYs but to do it for that occasion.”

John adds that they feel very fortunate to be able to perform at the GRAMMYs and knowing that they’ll be singing with their two good friends, Morris and Church, will help ease the nerves.

“That’ll take a lot of the focus off of it because there are nerves surrounding it. The most important thing about that moment is honoring the victims and their families above all else,” John explains. “I just hope at the end of the day we can help heal something at least a little bit.”

Their performance will also honor the 22 victims who died last May after a bomb went off outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.

Brothers Osborne are nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their previous single “It Ain’t My Fault” while Morris is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for her most recent No. 1 hit, “I Could Use a Love Song.” The GRAMMY Awards air on Sunday (Jan. 28) at 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS.