Chris Stapleton and Katy Perry had a bit of a rocky first encounter.
The country star and pop icon met when the two were both taking part in the Dolly Parton tribute during the 2019 Grammys. Stapleton admitted that they had never crossed paths until this day.
He ended up making a small comment that he felt like didn’t sit well with Perry.
“We were backstage at the Dolly Parton tribute at the Grammys and we were both performing on that and I never met her before and we struck up a conversation waiting our turn for soundcheck backstage. I said something that was self-deprecating, probably, ‘Oh, well, we’re just musicians’ or something to that effect, to which she said, ‘Well, you know, that’s offensive to me and you. We’re healers. We have an important job,'” Stapleton said, according to WKML 95.7.
Stapleton said he apologized immediately after and didn’t mean to offend anyone. He has since called the moment with Perry “enlightening.”
In 2019, a list of genre-defying guests helped honor the impact of Dolly Parton as a legendary musician and eight-time Grammy Award winner.
Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, and Little Big Town were all part of the Dolly Parton celebration.
Parton closed out the set with her iconic song “9 to 5.”
Chris Stapleton was also one of the performers for the Grammys that night. Stapleton has five Grammys so far in his career.
Chris Stapleton: Teaming Up With Rising Star Morgan Wallen
Wallen and Stapleton recently released a new collaboration called “Only Thing That’s Gone.” It appears on Wallen’s new double album “Dangerous.” This is a massive 30-song record.
The two had to collaborate together during COVID-19. This meant they had to be a bit more creative about their interactions.
Stapleton was asked to sing a duet with Wallen via email. The two had never really talked or spent a lot of time together before. They had met briefly in passing during award shows. Wallen sent him a few tracks and asked if any of them stood out.
“One of them I liked pretty good, so I said, ‘Hey, let’s try it out.’ It was kind of my first venture back into doing anything [after putting out my last album, Starting Over.] but my engineer that I normally work with, Vance Powell, they sent him the track and I went and sang on it. Now it is something that exists,” Stapleton said to Taste of Country.
He didn’t hear the final product until the entire album dropped on Jan. 8.