No one at the Nashville Recording Academy chapter’s Grammy Nominee celebration on Tuesday (Jan. 7) got into the Hutton Hotel’s Vista Ballroom by giving into any shred of self-doubt on their rise in music. Billy Ray Cyrus admitted to reporters on the event’s red carpet that he’s failed more times than he’s succeeded in his career. He heads to the 62nd annual Grammy Awards with three nominations for the Lil Nas X collaboration “Old Town Road,” a nominee for record of the year, best pop duo/group performance and best music video.
“I’ve failed way more than often than I’ve ever succeeded; way more,” Cyrus said. “It’s not even close. Failure is the most important ingredient for success. Every time you fail, you eliminate one way that won’t work, therefore being one way closer to the one way that will.”
Steven Curtis Chapman, a five-time Grammy winner, said he remembers starting out performing at the Red Flower Restaurant when there wasn’t much of a reason to care about his music. Chapman is a 2020 nominee for best roots gospel album for Deeper Roots: Where the Bluegrass Grows. “I’ve said it so many times, but it is very true, wherever you’re planted, grow,” Chapman said. “I think so often we watch the Grammy Awards and think, ‘OK, I’ve got to get there. That’s when what I do will matter is when I can win a Grammy Award.’ If you knew our whole stories, ‘overnight successes’ are usually longtime overnight successes. We love music, and there wasn’t anything else we could do.”
Two-time rock nominees Rival Sons’ Jay Buchanan and Dave Beste agreed that to get to the Grammys, artists have to adopt a be-ready-for-anything attitude. The band is nominated for best rock album for Feral Roots and best rock performance for “Too Bad.” “Never give up, and good luck because you need both,” Beste said. “You need to work really hard and never stop.” Buchanan added, “You’ve got to stay in the ring.”
Approximately 45 new Grammy-nominated artists attended Tuesday’s private event, including Bobby Pinson, Dan + Shay, Daniel Tashian, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, for KING & COUNTRY, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Keb’ Mo’, Pistol Annies, Po Ramblin’ Boys and Missy Raines.
Guests had access to at least four full bars and noshed on buffets of cured meats, roast turkey, crudité and canapés.
The Recording Academy’s Jennifer Hanson and Alicia Warwick kept welcoming remarks brief. They congratulated the nominees in the room on their work in contributing to excellence in music in 2019, highlighted the philanthropic efforts of the Recording Academy’s nonprofit MusiCares, which serves music professionals in crisis, and presented a commemorative plaque to the Hutton Hotel’s Dale McCarty and Janine Appleton for the organization’s involvement in hosting the event.
The 62nd annual Grammy Awards air live from Los Angeles on Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.