Jelly Roll expressed his gratitude as he recalled how, exactly a year to the day on January 31st, Lainey Wilson cut her verse on the duo's chart-topping single, ‘Save Me’, which featured on Jelly's widely lauded debut country album, Whitsitt Chapel.
He revealed why this felt all the more special as he travelled to California for the Grammys ceremony, “One year ago today Lainey Wilson walked into Sound Emporium Studio in Nashville Tennessee to record her verse for SAVE ME - one year later I’m on a flight to Los Angeles because that song has been nominated for a Grammy. God is good”.
The duo are vying for their first ever Grammy, with ‘Save Me’ having been nominated for Best Country Duo / Group Performance. They undoubtedly have a strong chance of triumphing in the category, but Jelly and Lainey will face stiff competition from Zach Bryan and Kacey Musgrave's Hot 100 No. 1, ‘I Remember Everything’.
Jelly Roll's second Grammy nomination is for Best New Artist, with the Tennessee singer-songwriter competing with Noah Kahan, The War and Treaty, Gracie Abrams, Fred Again, Ice Spice and Coco Jones. Given the 12 months Jelly has enjoyed, with the genre-blending maverick now being one of the most streamed artists in country, many are tipping him as the favourite to take home this coveted gong, although folk-inspired crooner, Noah Kahan, is another leading candidate.
‘Save Me’ originally appeared on Jelly Roll's 2020 rap-leaning Self Medicated record, with Lainey Wilson bringing a new perspective to the atmospheric song. The duo's haunting, vulnerable vocals combine seamlessly to produce a spine-tingling ballad that was undoubtedly one of the biggest songs of 2023. Should Jelly and Lainey prove successful at the Sunday ceremony, it'll be the icing on the cake for two artists that have enjoyed meteoric ascents over the past year and a half.
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