Ahead of the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday (May 1), nominee and performer Lauren Daigle caught up with Billboard during show rehearsals to chat about her three nominations, her “stripped-down” and “intimate” performance, and the continuing success of her song “You Say.”
Daigle, who is up for top Christian artist, top Christian album, and top Christian song, tells Billboard that while she doesn’t clearly remember the exact moment she found out the good news, she reckons she was likely on tour and that she recalls her manager filling her in.
Asked what fans can expect from her performance during the show, Daigle teases that it will be “very intimate and low-key,” explaining that it will be stripped down with just her, some background vocalists, and a piano.
“I’m just so excited for it to be…so simple and intimate,” she says. “That’s something I’m really looking forward to.”
In the interview, Daigle also opens up about the continued success of her song “You Say,” revealing that when her manager told her that the song reached 40 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, she couldn’t believe it.
“I think, honestly, people just want that message of hope,” Daigle says of why she thinks the song resonates so well with listeners. “They just want something truthful to hold onto and to believe about themselves, and there’s so many different ways that the world can cut you down and hurt you.” She adds that “You Say” is a song to “build people back up.”
You can watch the full video interview with Lauren Daigle above.The 2019 Billboard Music Awards will air Wednesday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.