Kentucky native and country star Chris Stapleton won three Grammys Sunday night including best country album.
Stapleton, 39, took home the Grammy for best country song for “Broken Halos” and also won a Grammy for country solo performance for “Either Way.” Stapleton beat Kentucky songwriter Josh Osborne who was nominated for two different songs in the best country song category: Midland’s hit “Drinking Problem” and “Body Like A Back Road” by Sam Hunt. Osborne is originally from Virgie.
Stapleton’s album “From a Room: Volume 1” also won best country album later that night. Stapleton also won best country album in 2016 for his album “Traveler.” He also won best country solo performance that same year.
It’s been a big weekend for Stapleton. He also performed on “Saturday Night Live” with Jackson native and Versailles-raised Sturgill Simpson.
Stapleton was born in Lexington, grew up outside of Paintsville and was valedictorian of his class at Johnson Central High School.
Dozens of Grammy Award performers and attendees wore or held white roses Sunday to support of the Time’s Up movement, in an awards season where every awards show has confronted sexual misconduct in show business.
“My message on this is for everybody to treat each other like we want to be treated,” said Reba McEntire, winner for best roots gospel album. “It’s the golden rule.”
Other big Grammy winners of the night include Kendrick Lamar who won four Grammys including best rap/sung performance, best rap album, best rap song and best rap performance. Lamar received a standing ovation for his opening performance. Bruno Mars won three Grammys for best R&B Album, best R&B song and best R &B performance.
Carrie Fisher was awarded a posthumous Grammy for spoken word album “The Princess Diarist.” Fisher died Dec. 27, 2016.
Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne and Eric Church also performed an acoustic version of “Tears in Heaven,” as a tribute to the 58 people killed in a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas in October. Morris said all four performed at the festival that weekend and wanted to “honor the memory of the beautiful, music-loving souls so cruelly taken from us.”
Beth Musgrave: 859-231-3205, @HLCityhall
The Associated Press contributed to this article.