When the 2020 Grammy nominees were announced in November, Thomas Rhett was amazed to hear his name called for best country album. He joins Eric Church, Reba McEntire, Pistol Annies, and Tanya Tucker in the category.
He opened up to ABC Audio about what it means to be nominated for the top country music award.
"When you get nominated for an album, a full project, it really does mean the world," Rhett said. "Because a record just takes so much work to complete [from] the writers and the producers and the background singers and everybody. So, to be recognized by the Grammys for that is ridiculous," he added.
Rhett was nominated for the same category back in 2017, but says he didn't expect to get a nod for his newest album, Center Point Road.
"This album was just so personal," Rhett said. "I wish I knew how the voting happened. I wish I could have been in the room where I heard why my record [was nominated].
"But it was really vulnerable, and it talks about my family and my hometown and [it's] one of the more deeper albums that I've made," he continued. "And so it's really cool to see that be celebrated."
Rhett's latest hit in a string of them over the last few years is "Ain't Nothin' Beer Can't Fix," which features Jon Pardi.
He talked to his record label about how that song came together.
"On a sunny day in Los Angeles, we were just like, 'Let's name all these situations where, just maybe going out with your buddies and cracking a cold beer, maybe just takes your mind off of something for a second,'" he said.
"Whether you just got broken up with, or you and your wife planned this perfect beach trip to Cancun and it rains every single day. What are you gonna do except go to the bar and be like, 'Can I get a Corona, please?' All these situations of ... you’re fishing and nothing's happening, or you’re playing golf and you’re terrible at it – just kind of the light-hearted way to say, just take life a little bit easier."
"And so when we wrote this song, I was like, 'We're getting Jon Pardi on this song,'" he continued. "I'm such a gigantic fan of Jon, like, my wife likes Jon Pardi better than she likes me. And I was like, 'Jon, I got this song called 'Ain't Nothin' Beer Can't Fix.' I really want you to sing on it with me.’ And I sent him the song, and he goes, ‘When do I sing?’ And when Jon put his vocal on this thing, I was like, ‘Dude, let's go!'