Eric Church Channel Surfs, Gets Grammy Nod

“I honestly didn’t even know the Grammy pre-show was on.”

It was a slow night in the Church household. Baby Boone was sleeping, wife Katherine was upstairs and Eric was in front of the television, painfully watching as his beloved North Carolina Tar Heels were losing to Wisconsin. As the game started to turn a tad ugly, Eric did what every man would do in his situation. He started channel surfing . . . and ended up with a Grammy nomination.

“I honestly didn’t even know the Grammy pre-show was on, and I tuned in just in time to catch the Sugarland/Lady Gaga performance,” Eric, obviously a bit shaken and shocked from the Grammy nod, tells “[Host] LL Cool J said something about ‘a complete list of tonight’s nominees can be found at,’ so I grabbed my phone. Let’s just say that I kept hitting the ‘refresh’ button to make sure I was reading it right.”

Indeed, he was. His EMI Records Nashville’s chart-topping album, Chief, earned Eric his first Grammy nomination for Best Country Album at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, joining fellow nominees Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, George Strait, Lady Antebellum and Blake Shelton.

“I didn’t think we had a chance in hell,” says Eric, who was able to share the news of the nomination with Katherine right before the cell phone started ringing off the hook. “The Grammy’s are the Holy Grail for me and getting recognized for the entire album is just awesome. There are artists out there whose whole focal point is about the awards, but I’m proud to say that we have always kept it about just making the best record we could.”

A great night for Eric and his clan was made perfect . . . as North Carolina ended up beating Wisconsin 60-57. Channel surfing can have its advantages.


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