Emotions ran high on Sunday afternoon when Brothers Osborne’s John and TJ Osborne took home the GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Younger Me” at the GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony.
The duo appeared to be shocked as they made their way to the stage to accept the honor.
“What the f….,” John said as he walked up to the microphone.
“Wow, what the hell,” TJ said, finishing his brother’s sentence.
John, who admitted he was “so nervous” to be on the stage, held back tears as he reacted to their big win.
“I know I want to thank my wife. I want to thank our managers over here. I want to thank my little brother [TJ] for always being great,” he said. “This is a song called ‘Younger Me,’ and I think if I want to thank somebody, I want to thank my younger self, for just pursuing this. You know we all have a younger self in us, thank them because they got you here and take care of that person.”
TJ was overcome with emotions during his speech.
“I mean, for those of you who don’t know, this song…” he began as he held back tears and his voice noticeably cracked. “It was written in response to me coming out.”
The crowd erupted in cheers as he began to cry.
“I never thought that I’d be able to do music professionally because of my sexuality and I certainly never thought I would be here on this stage accepting a GRAMMY after having done something I thought was going to be life-changing and potentially in a very negative way,” he shared, referencing the moment he went public with his sexuality in early 2021.
He continued, ”Here I am tonight, not only accepting this GRAMMY Award with my brother, whom I love so much, but I’m here with a man that I love and who loves me back. It’s just, I don’t know what I did to be so lucky. Thank you, thanks to The Academy. I love you.”
This marks Brothers Osborne’s first-ever GRAMMY win. The duo is also nominated for Best Country Album for Skeletons. It appears the winner of that category will be revealed during Sunday’s broadcast, in which Brothers Osborne will also be performing.
Also nominated in the Best Country Duo/Group Performance category were Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood (“If I Didn’t Love You”), Dan + Shay (“Glad You Exist”), Ryan Hurd and Maren Morris (“Chasing After You”), as well as Elle King and Miranda Lambert (“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”).
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“Music’s Biggest Night” will feature performances from Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Billie Eilish, Brothers Osborne, Silk Sonic, Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Olivia Rodrigo, Lil Nas X with Jack Harlow, Jon Batiste, Billy Strings, Carrie Underwood, H.E.R., Brandi Carlile, Billy Strings, Aymée Nuviola, John Legend, J Balvin with Maria Becerra, Maverick City Music, BTS, Nas and more.
The coveted awards show will also pay tribute to late Foo Fighters’ drummer, Taylor Hawkins, who passed away at age 50. Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt and Rachel Zegler will also honor the late Stephen Sondheim during the In Memoriam segment.
The 2022 GRAMMYs will include a star-studded list of presenters, including Kelsea Ballerini, Lenny Kravitz, Avril Lavigne, Jared Leto, Dua Lipa, Ludacris, Anthony Mackie, Megan Thee Stallion, Billy Porter, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Urban, Questlove and Michaela Jaé Rodriguez.
Hosted by Trevor Noah, the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards will take place live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and air on Sunday, April 3, on CBS Television Network at 8/7c.
The show is also available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.