Luke Combs Shares Real Emotion About Losing Best New Artist Grammy

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Luke Combs gets real about Grammy Loss
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With eight nominees in every category, it was inevitable that at least seven incredible artists were going to be disappointed, seven hearts were going to be broken at the February 10 Grammy Awards. One of those entertainers disappointed in the results of the Best New Artist category was singer-songwriter Luke Combs.

While most artists toe the “It’s an honor just to be nominated line,” Luke got really honest on his Instagram page and admitted that he was hurt, mad, and definitely wanted to win. And, as he very astutely points out, “everyone who is nominated for a Grammy wants to win, that’s just human nature.”

“I get to wake up this morning with a better outlook on life then when I went to bed last night. I can’t say that when the words “and the Grammy goes to…” didn’t have my name at the end of them, that it didn’t hurt, that I wasn’t mad, or that I didn’t want to win. Of course I wanted to win, everyone who is nominated for a Grammy wants to win, that’s just human nature,” he wrote in the post.

Indeed it is.

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I get to wake up this morning with a better outlook on life then when I went to bed last night. I can’t say that when the words “and the Grammy goes to…” didn’t have my name at the end of them, that it didn’t hurt, that I wasn’t mad, or that I didn’t want to win. Of course I wanted to win, everyone who is nominated for a Grammy wants to win, that’s just human nature. After a fun night of after parties mixed with feeling sorry for myself I realized something, how blessed I am, win or lose. The first picture is of some of my best friends in the world, my band members, the same day they got home from tour on one of their rare days off, all watching the Grammys just to support me, the next is my amazing fiancé @nicohocking who I have the pleasure and privilege to spend the rest of my life with, I love you so much it’s unreal, the next two are my managers @justkappy and @machenlynn the first people who ever took me seriously as an artist and the two people who fight the most for me to have all the amazing opportunities that I do and they do it well, thank you for believing in me when no one else would. The next picture is you, the fans, the bootleggers. You have changed my life in ways that I never thought were possible on this SOLD OUT ARENA TOUR!, thanks you for spending your hard earned money to watch us do what we love, for telling people about our music, and for singing your hearts out all night, and last but certainly not least my amazing parents who made endless sacrifices their entire life so I could have clothes on my back and food to eat and supported this crazy dream from day one, I love you both so much and I can’t wait to see you soon. So the next time that envelope opens and “The Grammy Goes To…” someone else, I’ll be ok with it, I won’t let it get the best of me, because I am surrounded by the best people in the world everyday and that is something truly worth cherishing.

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But the rising young country star also says that the day after the show brought a fresh perspective on his reality and, as much as it may have stung, he’s feeling like a pretty lucky guy.

On his Instagram page, Luke shares a photo album with images of the people that have
mattered most to him, including his fans.

“After a fun night of after parties mixed with feeling sorry for myself I realized something, how blessed I am, win or lose,” Luke wrote. “The first picture is of some of my best friends in the world, my band members, the same day they got home from tour on one of their rare days off, all watching the Grammys just to support me, the next is my amazing fiancé @nicohocking who I have the pleasure and privilege to spend the rest of my life with, I love you so much it’s unreal, the next two are my managers @justkappy and @machenlynn the first people who ever took me seriously as an artist and the two people who fight the most for me to have all the amazing opportunities that I do and they do it well, thank you for believing in me when no one else would. The next picture is you, the fans, the bootleggers. You have changed my life in ways that I never thought were possible on this SOLD OUT ARENA TOUR!, thanks you for spending your hard earned money to watch us do what we love, for telling people about our music, and for singing your hearts out all night, and last but certainly not least my amazing parents who made endless sacrifices their entire life so I could have clothes on my back and food to eat and supported this crazy dream from day one, I love you both so much and I can’t wait to see you soon.”

He closes by saying, “So the next time that envelope opens and “The Grammy Goes To…” someone else, I’ll be ok with it, I won’t let it get the best of me, because I am surrounded by the best people in the world everyday and that is something truly worth cherishing.”

Luke’s message reiterates an acceptance speech given by Drake after winning Best Rap Song for “God’s Plan.” The multi-talented singer, songwriter, rapper, actor, and record producer said, “My point is you’ve already won if you have people singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown. Look, if there’s people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain, in the snow, spending their hard earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promise you, you already won.”

Cue the enthusiastic applause.

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