Best Country Solo Performance
How does this Grammy Awards show compare to other that you’ve been to in the past?
It’s always fun coming to the Grammys. Your first one’s always crazy, exciting and nerve-wracking. You’re like, “How did I land here? How did I get here? I feel a little more comfortable just being in the audience and sitting and taking it all in.
You always look for new ways to make your performances stand out and just new to do. I feel really happy right now. Not that I didn’t feel happy at previous Grammys, but I feel like it all really went off well.
Can you talk about the “video projection” dress that you wore during you Grammy performance tonight?
I’m so glad everybody’s been asking me that! They can do a lot of amazing things with projectors these days. We had a dress especially made so it would still be a dress but have a nice projection screen.
I said, “I should take that home so we can watch movies on it.” Yeah, they can do all that stuff. I had a certain place to stand and I had to really make sure that it really wasn’t going off around me. It took a lot of precision. I have a lot of great people.
You were the “American Idol” winner in 2005. Do you still watch “American Idol”?
I watch every opportunity that I possibly can. I think I’ve only missed one episode this season so far. I’m really mad at myself. I couldn’t watch it. But anyway, that’s a whole different story. I’m excited that it still is — and not just “American Idol” — there’s a lot of shows that give people like me opportunities that they never thought that they could do before. I think the judges are doing a really great job.
I got a chance to talk to Keith Urban earlier. I think he’s having a great time, and I think he’s just excited to do something really different. I mean, obviously, not many people get to do something like that. But it’s cool to see them. It’s an interesting balance that’s going on, on the judges’ panel, but it makes it interesting.
Do you think you’ll ever make a pop album?
No. I love country music. I grew up listening to everything, but that’s always what I sang. If I was ever going to sing anywhere growing up, I would either sing gospel music or country music. And the two really go hand in hand quite a bit, especially if you look in my albums. I sing a lot of faith-based songs.
I love that world. I love the people in it. I love making country music that I feel anybody can get into, no matter what kind of genre you listen to. I just want to make good songs, sing good songs, write good songs.
And if it ever crosses over, it just does it on its own. I’m so happy about that: that we can give country music to a different audience. But I don’t think I could ever see myself making a pop album.
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