Reported live from the Grammys
by Phyllis Pollack
Carrie Underwood won the award for Best Country Solo Performance for her song "Blown Away" at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, beating out Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Ronnie Dunn, Hunter Hayes and Blake Shelton.
Backstage after accepting the award, she commented, "Just being in the audience, and taking it all in, and you know, you always look for new ways to make your performances stand out, and just new things to do. I just feel totally happy right now."
She clarified, "So not that I haven't felt happy at previous Grammys, but I just feel like it went really well, so I'm very happy."
Underwood then fielded non-music related questions about her dress and American Idol.
Getting back to music, she gushed, "I love country music. That's what I grew up with, but I listened to everything. It's always been what I sang. If I sang anything when I grew up, it would be gospel music or country music, and the two really go hand in hand quite a bit, especially if you look at my albums."
"The two really go hand in hand. I sing a lot of faith-based songs, but I love that world. I love the people in it. I love making country music," she said. "I feel like it's something anybody can get into, no matter what kind of genre you listen to. I just want to make good songs, sing good songs, make good songs."
"And if it ever crosses over," she said, using her fingers to acknowlege her terminology referring to going mainstream, "it just does it on it's own. And I'm so happy about that, that we can you know, give country music to a different audience."
"But I don't think I could ever see myself making a pop album," she stated.
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Historically, this will mark the first time that the Pre-Telecast Ceremony was held at Nokia Center.
The televised portion of the music industry's “Biggest Night of the Year” will take place live on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. It will be broadcast in high-definition TV and 5.1surround sound on the CBS Television Network from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Phyllis Pollack is reporting live from the Grammys.
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