Chris Stapleton Celebrates Double Victory With Two GRAMMY Awards For ‘White Horse’

Stapleton is now a 10-time GRAMMY winner.

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 4, 2024

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Chris Stapleton; Photo by Andy Barron

Chris Stapleton is now a 10-time GRAMMY winner as his latest chart-topping hit, “White Horse,” took home two GRAMMY Awards during the 66th GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony.  

Stapleton Is A 10-Time GRAMMY Award Winner

“White Horse” took home the GRAMMY Awards for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song, however, Stapleton was unable to attend the GRAMMY Premiere Ceremony to accept the honors. 

GRAMMY winner Carly Pearce hosted this segment of the Premiere Ceremony and said, “Congratulations, I will accept this GRAMMY on their behalf.

The Best Country Solo Performance Category also included “In Your Love” by Tyler Childers, “Buried” by Brandy Clark, “Fast Car” by Luke Combs, and “The Last Thing On My Mind” by Dolly Parton.

Upon the announcement of the Best Country Song category, Stapleton’s co-writer, Dan Wilson, took to the stage to deliver a short acceptance speech.  

“Chris isn’t here, so I’m taking two of them home. My biggest thanks is to Chris for writing songs with me. This is great,” he shared from the stage. He also thanked his team and his family. 

The Best Country Song Category also included “Buried” Brandy Clark & Jessie Jo Dillon, songwriters (recorded by Brandy Clark), “I Remember Everything” Zach Bryan & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (recorded by Zach Bryan Featuring Kacey Musgraves), “In Your Love” Tyler Childers & Geno Seale, songwriters (recorded by Tyler Childers), “Last Night” John Byron, Ashley Gorley, Jacob Kasher Hindlin & Ryan Vojtesak, songwriters (recorded by Morgan Wallen). This category is awarded to the songwriters only.

“White Horse” Is His Fourth Chart-Topping Single

“White Horse” recently became Stapleton’s fourth career No.1 single when it reached the top of the country radio chart. The song was written nearly 12 years ago and was originally penned with hopes to be included within the soundtrack of the 2013 Lone Ranger Movie, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. While the song didn’t make it into the movie it landed on the Kentucky native’s latest album, Higher, which arrived to rave reviews last fall. 

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He Co-Wrote The Song Nearly 12 Years Ago With Dan Wilson

“’White Horse’ was a song that I wrote with my friend, Dan Wilson,” Stapleton recently recalled when he discussed the creative process behind the song. “We were out in Los Angeles, it was about I think probably late 2012, early 2013, and there was a movie called the Lone Ranger that was coming out, and I walked in the room to write with Dan at his house, and he said, ‘Hey they’re looking for songs for this Lone Ranger movie.’ I said, ‘Cool. Let’s write something.”

Stapleton revealed that neither of them had much knowledge about the film, so they decided to write a song that they felt fit the movie based solely on the title. 

“We got to talking about how it would be cool to have a kind of rock-driven-western-themed song, and that’s kind of where the song came from and we kind of built it around a guitar riff, really,” he continued. 

Chris Stapleton; Photo by Becky Fluke
Chris Stapleton; Photo by Becky Fluke

Chris Stapleton is also nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “We Don’t Fight Anymore,” his collaboration with Carly Pearce. That category will be announced later in the GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony. 

How To Watch The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards

The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air live from Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 4 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT) on the CBS Television Network. Hosted by Trevor Noah, Music’s Biggest Night will be broadcast will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.*

First Look at GRAMMY Stage for The 66th Annual Grammy Awards Stage; Photo: Courtesy of The Recording Academy ©2024 /photographer: Juliana Bernstein
First Look at GRAMMY Stage for The 66th Annual Grammy Awards Stage; Photo: Courtesy of The Recording Academy ©2024 /photographer: Juliana Bernstein

The star-studded ceremony will feature performances by Burna Boy, Luke Combs, Billie Eilish, Billy Joel, Dua Lipa, Joni Mitchell, Olivia Rodrigo, Travis Scott, SZA and U2. 

Presenters include Christina Aguilera, Lenny Kravitz, Lionel Richie, Mark Ronson, Maluma, Kacey Musgraves, Meryl Streep, Samara Joy, Taylor Tomlinson, and Oprah Winfrey.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.