“Really proud of this song and all it has accomplished so far. Regardless of the outcome, Thanks to the Grammy voters for the nomination,” Aldean wrote on social media when he learned of the nomination.
But even though Aldean was nominated for an award, he didn’t make plans to attend the ceremony on Sunday (April 3). He explained the reason why during an interview with Music Mayhem:
“I’m not going just simply for the fact that there are so many categories on that show that a lot of them aren’t even aired on TV,” he said. “They’ll kind of read them out before the show or whatever. And I could be wrong, but I don’t think they’re going to air that on TV, so I’m not going to go, but it was cool [to be nominated].”
Aldean has been nominated for a Grammy five times. He knows the nominations are tough to get, and knows it’s even more rare to win:
“…I don’t know, you’ll have somebody that’s maybe mainstream up against somebody that’s not, and sometimes the more underground [artist] will win,” he said. “So it’s kind of all over the board a little bit.”
“If I Didn’t Love You” did not win the Grammy. Instead, the award went to first-time winners Brothers Osborne for their song “Younger Me.” The award was given out during the non-televised ceremony as Aldean figured it would be.
Although Aldean did not attend the Grammys, his duet partner did. Underwood walked the red carpet with her husband, Mike Fisher, performed her new song, “Ghost Story,” and won the award for Best Roots Gospel Album for My Savior.
Underwood celebrated her win on social media, writing:
“I WON A GRAMMY!!!!! I love this album ( #MySavior ) so much and I truly believe it is the most important album I have ever made! Thanks to all who supported! I am eternally grateful! Glory to God!“
Look below to read Underwood’s full post about her Grammys experience and see some photos from her night. Congratulations to her!