Jelly Roll Breaks Down In Tears After Receiving First-Ever GRAMMY Nomination: “The Greatest Honor”

“The greatest honor that an artist can ever hear is that they’ve been nominated for a Grammy,” he said before adding, “I got to hear that this morning.”

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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Posted on November 10, 2023

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Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy of TikTok

Jelly Roll broke down in tears after hearing the news that he received his first-ever GRAMMY nominations on Friday morning (Nov. 10). The reigning CMA New Artist Of The Year earned two nominations. He not only received a nod in the all-genre category of Best New Artist, but he also was nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for his “Save Me” collaboration with Lainey Wilson.

Reacts To Earning Two GRAMMY Nominations

The “NEED A FAVOR” singer couldn’t contain his emotions after hearing the exciting news and took to social media to share his raw and honest reaction. While he was hesitant to share his candid response at first, his wife Bunnie XO persuaded him to do so, according to his post on Instagram.

“I’m embarrassed to post this, but my wife says honesty and rawness got me this far… I’ll post a more complete thought about this when I get my head together. I just never would’ve imagined,” he captioned the video.

“The Greatest Honor”

In the emotional clip, the chart-topping hitmaker shed tears as he shared the news of his nominations with his fans in a state of disbelief. “The greatest honor that an artist can ever hear is that they’ve been nominated for a Grammy,” he said before adding, “I got to hear that this morning.”

He went on to reveal that he had to record the video message several times as he was overcome with so many emotions that he couldn’t talk.

“I haven’t cried like this since my daddy died. I love y’all, man… so f–kin’ much,” Jelly Roll, whose real name is Jason Deford, added.

Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy of TikTok
Jelly Roll; Photo Courtesy of TikTok

Dozens of artists quickly took to the comments of the “NEED A FAVOR” singer’s post to congratulate him, including Struggle Jennings, Kendall Tucker, Wynonna Judd, Shinedown’s Brent Smith, Tayler Holder, Wiz Khalifa, MacKenzie Porter, Nate Smith, Dan Smyers,

“YOU DESERVE IT ALL!!!!!!! 🙌 We are so happy for you!!!!!!! Congratulations my sweet friend, ❤️” Wynonna commented, while Smith added, “You are the game changer my friend. So proud of you❤️❤️❤️❤️.”

His wife also congratulated him in the comments, saying “You’re a supernova papa – YOU DESERVE ALL THISSSSSS 😭😭😭😭.”

Watch Jelly Roll Find Out He Was Nominated For GRAMMY Awards

Jelly Roll’s wife, Bunnie XO, also shared a clip to TikTok of the moment he found out that he was nominated for two GRAMMY Awards.

“NO WORDS RIGHT NOW 😭,” Bunnie captioned the clip, which features the beloved couple laying in their bed watching The Recording Academy’s livestream that announced the GRAMMY nominations.

2023 CMA Awards

The news comes just days after Jelly Roll won New Artist Of The Year at the 2023 CMA Awards, where he was a five-time nominee. He also offered two show-stopping performances during the 57th Annual CMA Awards. He kicked off the show with a powerful performance of “NEED A FAVOR” with surprise guest Wynonna Judd.

“The feeling of opening the CMA Awards is a totally different thing. They were like, ‘You’re gonna get to perform this year.’ Right then, I was like ‘No way.’ I immediately got nervous… They called back and said, ‘We think they want you to open the show. I was like, ‘You’re kidding me,’” the genre-bending star recalled ahead of the show. “I think the only honor bigger than maybe winning a CMA is getting to open the CMAs.”

Jelly Roll also closed out the show with a moving rendition of The Judds’ “Love Can Build a Bridge” alongside first-time CMA Awards performer, K. Michelle. Their performance served as a tribute to The Judds and appears on recently released A Tribute to The Judds album, which also features Ashley McBryde, Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Dolly Parton, Gabby Barrett, Gwen Stefani, and more.

WHITSITT CHAPEL

Additionally, Jelly Roll recently wrapped up his sold-out Backroad Baptism Tour and released his debut country project, WHITSITT CHAPEL, which arrived on June 2, 2023.

WHITSITT CHAPEL, named after the church the Antioch native grew up attending, features 13 tracks, including his chart-topping hit “NEED A FAVOR,” “SHE,” and more.

“This album is about growth and gratitude happening in my life. I wanted to create a project that felt hopeful. I believe the worst feeling a person can have is feeling hopeless or worthless. This is therapeutic music. Real music for real people with real problems,” Jelly Roll previously shared in a statement.

Jelly Roll's 'WHITSITT CHAPEL' Album Art
Jelly Roll’s ‘WHITSITT CHAPEL’ Album Art

The project debuted at No.2 on the Billboard Country Album Chart and in the Top 3 on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart with 90,000 album equivalents.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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