Dan + Shay said this year’s Grammy awards were a lot different than previous years. And not just because they took home an award for their hit “10,000 hours.” It was a “very surreal thing” to have to sit at home in a tuxedo waiting to hear if you’re name is called.
“You there going through it and you’re just playing all the scenarios in your head,” the artist continued. “And then they say our song and our names and you have no clue — we freeze,” Dan Smyers told People. “I mean, you could probably see it from our acceptance speech — we had no clue what we were going to say and we were rambling. So apologies to anybody I forgot or anything I said that was ridiculous. But yeah, it means a lot.”
But, in fairness, they’ve been here before. In fact, this is the group’s third win in as many years. The duo won for “Tequila” two years ago, as well as “Speechless” last year, according to Grammy.com. Sunday’s award means they’re batting .1000. And when you have enough Grammys that you could accidentally lose one in a couch cushion and not notice it, you should have the speech part down.
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However, Smyers admitted they haven’t performed in more in about a year so they were a bit rusty in front of a crowd, let alone a virtual one.
“We dreamed of this our entire lives and you never take it for granted, but this year I feel like it’s extra special,” continued Smyers, 33. “When it’s a normal year, we’re out on the road, we’re doing 100-plus shows a year, so you’re feeling the love one-on-one with your fans every single night. But I speak for a lot of artists when I say this: This year [with COVID-19] has been super tough for our industry as a whole, and you aren’t able to feel the connection.”
Musicians have put tours on hold across the country because of the pandemic. And without any tour dates, it’s kind of hard to know how well a song is performing. Streaming data, record sales, and radio plays are one thing. But having thousands of fans belting your song back at you is when you know a song has “made it.”
“You might have a hit song, you might have a song that climbs charts on the radio, but you’re not feeling the fans singing back to you every single night,” Smyers added. “So to be acknowledged by our peers and the Recording Academy like this — to have tangible evidence of the success and the connection of that song — is really cool. It made us feel really good.