Before the televised portion of the Grammys began, McAnally and Musgraves got their award for Best Country Song in the pre-telecast ceremony at Nokia Theater, during which an additional 70-or-so Grammys are presented to artists that simply could not fit into the three-hour slot on national TV.
With one Grammy already in hand, McAnally said it took a ton of pressure off going into the main broadcast and they felt they could just relax and enjoy the show. But when it came time for the announcement for Best Country Album, he said they were on pins and needles all over again.
“We felt like we had absolutely done more than we could have ever dreamed at that point,” he said of winning the first Grammy. “But of course when it got closer to album, as much as we like to say it was a relief we already had one, there were a lot of nerves involved. You just kind of hang on the opening of that envelope and try to watch their mouth move and figure out if the first word is the word you’re looking for.
“I don’t really remember when they said it. We were sitting further back than Kasey, so we had to kind of figure out how to get down to the stage quick enough. I just remember us going down the aisle and Luke Laird, my co-producer, just yelling in my ear, ‘Run! Run!’”
While McAnally was in the City of Angels, his mom and step-dad, Margaret and Bill Terry, were home in the City of Crazy Water watching the award show on TV. Margaret said her son had called them before the show to tell them he had already won Best Country Song in the pre-telecast ceremony – which they were elated to hear – but nothing could prepare them to see the announcement for Best Country Album live on CBS