Ever miss an amazing TV moment because you had the wrong channel on? Now imagine if that moment was also one of the biggest days of your life. Now you know how Chris Stapleton, who was nominated for album of the year at the 2016 Grammys yesterday (Dec. 7), feels. The country star had his whole family — his wife, two young kids, and his in-laws — up early Monday morning to watch the nominations announcement, but didn’t see it.
“The guide said it was the right channel, but we never saw any of the nominations,” Stapleton explains to Billboard later that day. “My sister-in-law walked in and said ‘Congratulations!’ I said ‘On what? We’ve been sitting here watching and we didn’t see any of ’em.’ We had to look them all up online like everybody else does.”
Stapleton earned two other nominations, including best country album for his debut solo album, Traveller, which shot to No. 1 for two weeks in November after he performed “Tennessee Whiskey” with Justin Timberlake at the CMAs. But Stapleton says he didn’t celebrate after the nomination — he’s too busy shooting a new video for his album (he wouldn’t reveal which song it was for).
“I don’t like to celebrate things necessarily — I like to continue working,” Stapleon says. “If we stop long enough, maybe we’ll have a moment where we go have dinner or a couple cocktails, but today we don’t have time for that.”
Stapleton hopes to finally unwind and celebrate a little bit with a Grammy win on Feb. 15 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where Traveller is an early favorite for best country album. He isn’t taking any chances with wrong channels that night: “I’m sure I’ll be there in person. I can promise that!”