Brandi Carlile conquers rock categories at Grammy Awards
From Americana to country, and now rock — what genre will the unstoppable Brandi Carlile conquer next at the Grammys?
The Nashville-tied, Seattle-based artist picked up her first Grammys four years ago when she swept all three Americana/American Roots categories for her album "By The Way, I Forgive You." She next won three country-based Grammys for her work with Tanya Tucker and The Highwomen.
This year, Carlile ruled the rock categories during the Grammys' pre-telecast Premiere Ceremony. Her song "Broken Horses," written with bandmates Phil and Tim Hanseroth, won for both Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.
"I cannot tell you how much this means to us," Carlile said on stage, accepting for Best Rock Performance. "We're born and raised in Seattle and when I met these guys 23 years ago...they were covered in Ramones tattoos, and they had never even played an acoustic guitar. And then this happened!"
When the trio returned to accept for Best Song, Carlile thanked her mother, who was in the audience.
"Mom, I gotta thank you for telling me to stop singing so angry, because I obviously ignored that like I ignored everything you ever told me to do," Carlile said with a smile.
"But I cut my hair, I learned how to scream, and I just won a Grammy for a rock and roll song that I wrote with all my heart."
Carlile and co. were also nominated in the Best Rock Album category, but the award went to Ozzy Osbourne's "Patient Number 9." Later in the ceremony, "In These Silent Days" was named Best Americana Album, bringing Carlile's career Grammy total to nine.
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