See Jelly Roll’s Emotional Reaction To First-Ever GRAMMY Nominations

This news comes in the midst of a monumental week for Jelly Roll.


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 10, 2023


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Jelly Roll has made his debut on the elite list of nominees for the 67th annual Grammy Awards. 

Was Jelly Roll Nominated For A Grammy?

The highly anticipated list dropped today (Nov. 10) and included the rising country star as a two-time nominee in the categories of Best New Artist of the Year and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for his chart-topping duet with Lainey Wilson, “Save Me.”

Jelly Roll is one of eight up for Best New Artist, alongside Gracie Abrams, Fred again.., Ice Spice, Coco Jones, Noah Kahan, Victoria Monét, and The War And Treaty.

Tearful Reaction Video

Upon hearing this milestone news, the Antioch, Tennessee native took to Instagram to share his completely unfiltered and emotion-filled reaction with his fans. 

“I am not sure if I’ll post this or not because I’m so emotional, but the greatest honor an artist can ever hear is that they’ve been nominated for a GRAMMY. I got to hear that this morning,” he said in the video, clearly so overcome with such emotion that it was difficult to get his words out. 

Jelly Roll went on to say that he hasn’t cried this much since the day his dad died and that he made seven attempts to film his reaction before finally just succumbing to the reality of his emotions.

“I love y’all man so f**king much,” he said in conclusion. 

In the caption, Jelly Roll admitted to feeling “embarrassed” to be so vulnerable, however, he was then reminded by his wife, Bunnie XO that his “honesty and rawness” is what has continued to take him far in his career. He then promised to share a “more complete thought” regarding the incredibly high honor once he wraps his head around something that he “never would’ve imagined” happening to him.

The Milestone Week Continues

Jelly Roll; Photo by Benjamin Askinas_CMA
Jelly Roll; Photo by Benjamin Askinas/CMA

Inside his monumental week, the “Need A Favor” singer also walked away from the CMA Awards as the 2023 New Artist of the Year. The annual awards show took place on Wednesday, November 8, and welcomed some of the biggest names in country music into Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the winning artists, songwriters and musicians. 

Jelly Roll was one of the top nominees walking into the site with an impressive five nods in the categories of Single Of The Year (“NEED A FAVOR”), Male Vocalist Of The Year, Musical Event Of The Year (“Save Me” with Lainey Wilson) and Music Video Of The Year (“NEED A FAVOR”).

At the end of the night, he only walked away with only one trophy, but as he revealed during his on-stage acceptance speech, he was feeling “blessed” to be chosen. 

“I have so much I wanna say and so many people I want to say thank you to, but for now I just want to say Thank Y’all for the love I’ve received today. I’m overwhelmed with the comments, the posts, the shares, the text message and emails. On country music’s biggest night I was blessed with 60 seconds to tell the world how I felt and I’m honored that 60 seconds inspired somebody somewhere. Love y’all- sincerely your 2023 CMA New Artist of the Year,” he belted into the mic. 

Did Jelly Roll Break His CMA Award?

According to a tweet shared by ABC’s On the Red Carpet and reposted by singer/songwriter himself, he was so excited for the win that he dropped the glass trophy shortly after having it in his hands, causing it to shatter. 

Luckily, this was not his official trophy, as those will be sent out at a later time. 

“Don’t worry, he will get a replacement,” the tweet read, alongside the photo of the broken award.

Two Star-Studded Performances

Prior to earning his win, Jelly Roll opened  “Country Music’s Biggest Night” with a performance of his chart-topping single, “Need A Favor” featuring surprise guest, Wynonna Judd. 

Later on he returned to the stage to deliver a rendition of The Judds’ “Love Can Build a Bridge” alongside first-time CMA Awards performer, K. Michelle.

Jelly Roll and K. Michelle perform during rehearsals; Photo Courtesy CMA
Jelly Roll and K. Michelle perform during rehearsals; Photo Courtesy CMA

Jelly Roll recently wrapped up his headlining Backroad Baptism Tour and is now preparing to visit major cities such as Dallas, TX, Chicago, IL, Detroit, MI, New York, NY and more as part of the annual iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour.

Additionally, he already has a slew of fests and festival dates secured for 2024, including Crash My Playa, Stagecoach, Country Jam, Tailgate N’ Tallboys Iowa, and plenty more.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.