Lainey Wilson’s ‘Bell Bottom Country’ Wins Best Country Album At The GRAMMYs: ‘This Is Absolutely Wild!’

Wilson became emotional when she took home her first-ever GRAMMY award.

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Lauren Jo Black

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February 4, 2024

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Lainey Wilson at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards; Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Lainey Wilson took home her first-ever GRAMMY Award on Sunday evening (Feb. 4), clinching a win for Best Country Album for her Bell Bottom Country project. 

The news was announced during the 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast, which aired live from  Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. Seven-time GRAMMY winner, Kacey Musgraves was on hand to present the category, which also included Kelsea Ballerini’s Rolling Up The Welcome Mat, Brothers Osborne’s self-titled release, Zach Bryan’s self-titled project, and Tyler Childers’ Rustin’ In The Rain. 

When Musgraves announced Wilson as the winner, she sprung out of her chair and hugged her manager and gave Luke Combs a high-five.  

Lainey Wilson at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards, airing live from Crypto.com Arena; Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Lainey Wilson at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards, airing live from Crypto.com Arena; Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

As she approached the stage, tears streamed down Wilson’s face, clearly showing she was deeply moved by her big win. 

“This is absolutely wild,” Wilson admitted. 

She went on to thank her producer, Jay Joyce, as well as other collaborators, including her co-writers, the musicians, and more. 

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“It has truly changed my life,” Wilson added. “I am from a farming community in northeast Louisiana, a little town of 200 people, and I’m a fifth-generation farmer’s daughter. And I would consider myself a farmer too. And everybody that I surround myself with, I think they’re farmers too, but they’re story farmers and it’s about getting up every single day and planting those seeds and watering ’em and watching ’em grow.”

“And sometimes,” she continued, “when you find the right farming community, you can have a harvest of a lifetime, and I truly believe that. And I think that’s exactly what this is tonight. God bless every single one of y’all. Thank you, Jesus. Thank you so much for the Recording Academy and thank you to my fans. I love y’all so much.” 

Bell Bottom Country was previously crowned Album of the Year at the 58th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, and Album of the Year at the 57th Annual CMA Awards. 

Lainey Wilson arrives at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards; Photo: Stewart Cook/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Lainey Wilson arrives at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards; Photo: Stewart Cook/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Ahead of the broadcast, Wilson turned heads on the GRAMMYs red carpet in a sleek all-black ensemble.

The country superstar didn’t shy away from her signature bell bottom style for Music’s Biggest Night. Styled by Karla Welch, Wilson opted for an all-black Balmain jumpsuit, complete with gold accents. She donned Casadei shoes, a bag by Tyler Ellis, and jewels from Pomellato. Her blonde hair appeared to be a bit shorter and was styled in loose waves by Renato Campora. Nikki DoRoest, Wilson’s makeup artist, achieved a flawless and exceptionally natural appearance for her on the red carpet.

In addition to her nomination for Best Country Album, Wilson was also nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Save Me” with Jelly Roll, however, Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgraves’ “I Remember Everything” took home the win in that category

Lainey Wilson arrives at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards; Photo: Stewart Cook/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Lainey Wilson arrives at The 66th Annual Grammy Awards; Photo: Stewart Cook/CBS ©2024 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Ahead of the show, the Louisiana native reflected on her nominations admitting, “It’s crazy” to think of herself as a GRAMMY-nominated artist. 

Of her nominations, she told Apple Music’s Kelleigh Bannen, it felt like “a stamp of approval or respect from people in the industry as a whole.” 

“Of course, I didn’t move to Nashville to just win awards. I moved here because this is what I love to do, but it’s like a cool thing that comes along with it,” Wilson admitted. “To think about a girl that grew up in a town of less than 200 people getting nominated for a Grammy… I hope that people who feel like, ‘Oh, there’s no chance in hell I would ever be able to do that,’ I hope that they can look at the story and be like, ‘Well, hey, you never know.’”

The 66th Annual GRAMMY Awards aired 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 is also available to be streamed live and on demand on Paramount+.*

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

Presenters included 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

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.