Chris Stapleton Wins Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song at 2022 GRAMMY Awards

“Music’s Biggest Night” is officially underway in Las Vegas and several country superstars have already been announced as winners ahead…


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April 3, 2022


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Chris Stapleton; Photo Courtesy GRAMMYs

“Music’s Biggest Night” is officially underway in Las Vegas and several country superstars have already been announced as winners ahead of the show, including Chris Stapleton

During the GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony, held hours before the live broadcast, Stapleton was announced as the winner in two categories, Best Country Solo Performance for “You Should Probably Leave” as well as Best Country Song for “Cold,” which he co-wrote alongside Dave Cobb, J.T. Cure and Derek Mixon. 

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Stapleton and his collaborators were on-hand to accept the honors during the pre-show. 

“Thank you so much, thank you to the Academy,” Stapleton began when he took the stage to accept the GRAMMY for Best Country Solo Performance. “It says it’s a solo performance, but it’s not really. There’s all the guys in the band on this record, everybody, all the engineers, producers, they make these things happen.”

The Kentucky native admitted to feeling shocked over his big win as he went on to thank others who have helped him along the way. 

“I got to thank my wife, Morgane Stapleton, for pushing me to record this song. We’ve tried this song several times and it never made a record, but it made a record this time and here we are. Becky Fluke pushed her to push me, so maybe some thanking is an award,” he shared. “I’m so proud to get this award, because I’m shocked every time, I don’t know what to say when I get something like this, it’s incredible. So, if you get up here, it’s okay, if you thought about what you’re supposed to say cause I don’t and obviously, I’m out of words.”

Chris Stapleton; Photo Courtesy GRAMMYs
Chris Stapleton; Photo Courtesy GRAMMYs

Stapleton managed to pull together a few more words before leaving the stage.

“I love each and every one of you,” he said. “Thank you for being in this thing called music with me and it’s a brotherhood up here and all of the nominees in this category, every one of them is more than deserving of this award and I’m so grateful to get it. Thank you so much.”

Minutes later, Stapleton returned to the stage with Cobb, Cure and Mixon. 

“I’m going to go first and be quick,” Stapleton said. “These are the guys I do everything with, that we play all the music with and to write a song with them and win this award is probably the greatest thing on earth to me, I’m going to hand it off [to them].”

His collaborators thanked the Academy and their families for their unwavering support. 

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Ahead of the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Stapleton opened up about his nominations and shared what makes the all-genre awards show so special to him. 

“The thing that makes getting a Grammy nomination so special is that it comes from your peers, and it comes for the people that you work with, not just in your genre of music, but in all genres of music,” he explained. “And so, it’s the one thing that, you know, if you do happen to win one, if you have it up on the mantle that everybody sees that when they walk in the room – even if they’re not music – they know what that is. So yeah, it means a lot. You know, it means hopefully you get to keep on doing what you’re doing a little bit or maybe you’re doing something right.”

Stapleton is also nominated for Best Country Album for Starting Over. It appears the winner of that category will be revealed during Sunday’s broadcast, in which Stapleton will also be performing. 

Chris Stapleton; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images
Chris Stapleton; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Music’s Biggest Night” will also feature performances from Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Brothers Osborne, Silk Sonic, Brandi Carlile, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Jon Batiste, Billy Strings, Carrie Underwood, H.E.R., Brandi Carlile, Billy Strings, Aymée Nuviola, John Legend, J Balvin with Maria Becerra, Maverick City Music, BTS, Nas and more.

The coveted awards show will also pay tribute to late Foo Fighters’ drummer, Taylor Hawkins, who passed away at age 50. Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt and Rachel Zegler will also honor the late Stephen Sondheim during the In Memoriam segment.

The 2022 GRAMMYs will include a star-studded list of presenters, including Kelsea Ballerini, Lenny Kravitz, Avril Lavigne, Jared Leto, Dua Lipa, Ludacris, Anthony Mackie, Megan Thee Stallion, Billy Porter, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Urban, Questlove and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez.

Hosted by Trevor Noah, the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and air on Sunday, April 3, on CBS Television Network at 8/7c.

The show is also available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

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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 and her work being featured on 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.