Video: Sturgill Simpson Performs “All Around You” at the 59th Grammy Awards

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Sturgill Simpson had himself a pretty successful night at the 59th Grammy Awards. I know many are undoubtedly disappointed he didn’t pull off the ultimate upset and win Album of the Year for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, but this shouldn’t overshadow the rest of what he accomplished (besides Beyoncé fans have more of a right to be angry about how much the academy screwed over Lemonade). Simpson first won Best Country Album on the pre-telecast, beating out the likes of Loretta Lynn, Brandy Clark, Maren Morris and Keith Urban. This comes after losing Best Americana Album a couple of years ago and marks his first ever Grammys win. It’s also yet another feather in his cap to hold over the folks on Music Row who don’t care for him. As he said in his acceptance speech, the revolution won’t be televised. Simpson also talked about working out in Utah on the railroad six years ago and says he owes it all to his family for being where he’s at today.

Later in the night on the main telecast, Simpson was introduced by the legendary Dwight Yoakam before he performed “All Around You,” backed by the fantastic Dap Kings. It was more subdued performance than the one he made on Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago, but classy and great nonetheless. I wouldn’t call it the best performance of the night (that would be a tossup between the Anderson .Paak/A Tribe Called Quest collaboration and the Bruno Mars/The Times tribute to Prince), but I would put it top seven for sure. Without a doubt I’m sure he reached more new fans with all of the exposure and last I checked “All Around You” was in the top 150 on the Top Songs chart on iTunes. You can watch his performance on the show yourself below:

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3 thoughts on “Video: Sturgill Simpson Performs “All Around You” at the 59th Grammy Awards

  1. Sturgill was good, I don’t think he was great. He was a little hard to hear over the horns. For Chance had the performance of the night agree with you on some of the other standouts. Also you could see how much experience has helped Maren, she’s gotten much better singing live on TV, and did a really nice job on “once”.

    I’m a little frustrated Beyonce lost to Adele for album (and Adele knew it too), but it’s still not nearly the hose job of last year when Taylor beat Kendrick.

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  2. I think either Chance or Maren/Alicia Keys were the best performance. Kelsea Ballerini proved just like in the CMA’s that she is absolutely horrible live although I did enjoy Lukas Graham’s part.

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  3. I didn’t see all the performances but this one was quite good. Bruno Mars’ Prince tribute was excellent. My question is where was the Merle Haggard tribute? How awesome would a Dwight Yoakam/Sturgill Simpson collaboration on a Merle Haggard tribute have been?

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