At the 2010 Grammy Awards, Lady Antebellum took the stage to sing “Need You Now.” For many music fans of genres other than country, it was the first time they were exposed to the Nashville trio who would soon be catapulted to crossover success, with “Need You Now” hitting radio stations of all formats.
Lady Antebellum became more than Nashville darlings: They became pop stars. That same night, they also took home the Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for their song “I Run to You.”
A year later, the group finds “Need You Now” as one of the five being considered for Record of the Year , alongside “Nothin’ on You” (B.o.B, featuring Bruno Mars), “Love the Way You Lie” (Eminem, featuring Rihanna), “F— You” (Cee Lo Green) and “Empire State of Mind” (Jay-Z and Alicia Keys).
“We’re blown away,” guitarist Dave Haywood told MTV News last year about the song’s pop success.
Lead vocalist Hillary Scott explained: “You just never know when you write a song and you go into the studio and record it what it’s gonna do. And honestly, this song took on a new life when we went into the studio.
“Whenever we heard that this song was getting picked up and played on pop radio, we were completely shocked, but excited because that just means more people are hearing it … The more people that hear it, the better. It’s bringing light to the country music genre, which we are so proud of.”
The ballad, about still being in love with an ex, spoke to people of all genres.
“That song has changed our career so dramatically,” fellow lead singer Charles Kelley said. “They always say the power of a song … We never knew that would be the song. Out of all the songs we’ve written, we were like, ’Oh, wow!’ I couldn’t believe that was the song.
“When we wrote ’Need You Now,’ I don’t think we knew what we had on our hands,” he added. “You never know where a song can take you.”
The group is also up for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals, Best Country Song and Best Country Album. The 53rd annual Grammy Awards take place February 13.
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