Maren Morris on Her Multiple Grammy Nominations and 'The Middle' Success: 'This Is the Best News to End 2018 On'


“The Middle,” Maren Morris’ genre-busting hit collaboration with EDM stars Zedd and Grey, was virtually born in the course of the 2018 Grammys: The nation singer recorded her vocals two weeks earlier than the awards present, shot the music video the following week after which noticed the clip air throughout a business break on the ceremony the week after that. Next 12 months on the 2019 Grammys, nevertheless, Morris and her collaborators might need extra to rejoice than simply the track’s anniversary. On Friday (Dec. 7), "The Middle" was nominated for 3 Grammys: document of the 12 months, track of the 12 months and greatest pop duo/group efficiency.

“This is the very best information to finish 2018 on,” says Morris, who's up for 3 nation awards herself for her songs “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” and the Vince Gill duet “Dear Hate.” “I’ve had a extremely wonderful 12 months paired with ‘The Middle.’ I went on tour with Niall Horan, and the crowds in South America have been singing ‘The Middle’ again so loud, and that’s once I obtained it: That track had formally gone around the globe, and a track of my very own had by no means fairly had that extent of a attain. I’m certain Zedd would say the identical factor: We’re an unlikely pair, however as a result of it match the track so effectively, it was an excellent marriage of genres. The Grammys are recognized for these unlikely Grammy Moment collaborations, so to have a track that actually represented what the Grammys are about is admittedly full circle.”

Morris isn't a first-time nominee -- she was up for 4 awards on the 2017 Grammys, together with greatest new artist, because of the energy of her 2016 debut album, Hero. Yet she says the Recording Academy’s recognition is simply as significant this time round. “This is the very best information to finish 2018 on,” Morris says. “To have nominations throughout the board is astounding to me, as a result of I haven’t put an album out previously two years,” Morris says. “It’s loopy to not be in an album cycle and have this wonderful validation.”

The singer discovered about the excellent news whereas watching a CBS dwell stream of the nominations on her telephone moments earlier than a flight. “They introduced it proper earlier than we took off,” she remembers. “Thank God the aircraft had Wi-Fi so I might textual content my husband and my supervisor and my mother and father and everybody I knew. It appears like my telephone hasn’t gone off all day.”

Now, Morris will play her ultimate present of 2018 tonight -- “I’m doing a present with Brothers Osborne, who have been additionally nominated, so I’ll really feel like we’ll have slightly celebration” -- after which head again to Nashville to deal with herself with some downtime. “I've no plans of leaving my home,” she says with fun. “My husband put a bottle of Dom within the fridge, and we’re going to drink it within the morning and simply sit back and never see anybody for the remainder of the weekend. I keep in mind the primary 12 months I used to be nominated, we did the identical factor, so it’s sort of a convention now.” 

Maren Morris on Her Multiple Grammy Nominations and 'The Middle' Success: 'This Is the Best News to End 2018 On'