The Perrys Perform
'Gentle On My Mind,'
Then Join Him On
BY LISA WARREN
The Band Perry didn't come away with a Grammy Award Sunday night, but the Greeneville-based siblings did receive a large share of the spotlight during music's biggest night.
The Perrys performed on stage during a tribute to the legendary Glen Campbell, who announced his retirement last year after disclosing he had Alzheimer's disease.
During the tribute, The Band Perry performed one of Campbell's most popular hit songs, "Gentle On My Mind," and then joined him and Blake Shelton in singing one of Campbell's signature hits, "Rhinestone Cowboy."
Former Beatle Paul McCartney was shown standing and singing along in the audience during the performance of "Rhinestone Cowboy." McCartney also performed during the program.
The Perrys were nominated for the "Best New Artist" award at the prestigious Grammy Awards.
This award is presented to the person or group chosen as top new entertainer of the year among all musical genres.
Justin Vernon's band Bon Iver received that award, topping fellow nominees The Band Perry, Nicki Minaj, J. Cole and Skrillex.
If the Perrys were disappointed, they didn't let it show.
When the winner was announced, all three siblings, who were sitting in the audience, immediately rose to their feet in applause for Bon Iver, becoming part of a standing ovation for that band.
During his acceptance remarks, Vernon humbly said, "It's really hard to accept this award. There's so much talent out here, like on this stage.
"There's a lot of talent that's not here tonight.
"It's also hard to accept because when I started to make songs, I did it for the inherent reward of making songs, so I'm a little bit uncomfortable up here," he continued.
"But with that discomfort I do have a sense of gratitude," Vernon added. "I want to say thank you to all the nominees, all the non-nominees that have never been here and never will be here."
Despite leaving the Los Angeles' Staples Center without a Grammy, it appeared that The Band Perry experienced an exceptional night.
Following the awards show, the band posted on Facebook to their fans, "What a beautiful night!!
"Headed to the Four Seasons for a celebratory dinner. Thank you all for your support."
Then, in a second post later in the evening, Kimberly Perry posted, "Feet. Are. Killing. Me. Bedtime!! A day off tomorrow in sunny LA. Beach? The Ivy? Hmmm? Sleeping in til noon? G'night, Lovelies."
LATEST HIT IS NO. 1
The Grammy Awards capped a huge week for The Band Perry.
The group's latest single, "All Your Life," reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country radio charts.
The single had already been certified gold, selling more than 500,000 copies to date.
The Perrys, who share a home in Greeneville with their parents Steve and Marie Perry, are currently touring and working on their second album, which is due out later this year.
The band's debut, self-titled album, released 15 months ago by Republic Nashville, was a platinum-selling success.
In addition to their most recent No. 1 song, "All Your Life," the album included the band's triple-platinum hit "If I Die Young," along with their gold-certified "You Lie" and their debut single "Hip to My Heart."
In addition to their 2012 Grammy nomination, The Band Perry is also nominated for the 2012 Academy of Country Music's Vocal Group of the Year award.
NEXT UP: ACM AWARDS
The ACM awards show will air April 1, at 8 p.m., on CBS.
The Perrys are the reigning 2011 ACM New Artist of the Year winners as well as the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year.
They earned the 2011 CMA Award for Single of the Year while Kimberly Perry was also honored with the 2011 CMA Song of the Year award.
Other honors for the band have included: the 2011 Country Music Television's Music Award for "Breakthrough Video of the Year," the "Best New Live Act" Award, sponsored by Nationwide Insurance, as well as Teen Choice, American Music Award and Academy of Country Music award nominations.
Currently, The Band Perry is performing its own headlining dates and touring as special guests on Brad Paisley's "Virtual Reality World Tour 2012," which has a show at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville on March 2.
The Band Perry is also scheduled to headline a sold-out show at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville next Monday.
For more on The Band Perry, visit their website at http://www.thebandperry.com.