Stapleton and Emmylou Harris paid tribute to Petty, who died in October, on Sunday Night's Grammy Awards with a performance of his "Wildflowers", the title track to Petty's 1994 album that Stapleton said was his favorite album of all time. Following his breakthrough solo debut album Traveller, Stapleton released two #1 albums previous year. The other nominees were Kenny Chensey's Cosmic Hallelujah, Lady Antebellum's Heart Break, Little Big Town's The Breaker and Thomas Rhett's Life Changes.
Stapleton just wrapped up a memorable night at the Grammy Awards. His latest album, "From A Room: Volume 2", was released in December.
While that sounded leading, Stapleton reportedly went on to say, "We haven't necessarily talked about anything. But 90 percent of it was all recorded - Volume 1 and Volume 2 - in one swath".
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Stapleton, originally from Lexington, won for "Either Way" in the Best Country Solo Performance, beating out Sam Hunt ("Body Like A Back Road"), Alison Krauss ("Losing You"), Miranda Lambert ("Tin Man"), and Maren Morris ("I Could Use A Love Song"). It was also nominated for Album of the Year.
The pair first teamed for "Midnight Train to Memphis", which Stapleton co-wrote with his former SteelDrivers bandmate, Mike Henderson.