A pair of Shoals natives each picked up their second Grammys on Sunday.
The Civil Wars, which include Florence resident John Paul White and Nashville’s Joy Williams, won under the category Best Song Written For Visual Media for the song “Safe & Sound.”
Chris Tompkins, a Greenhill native living in Nashville, won for Best Country Song for “Blown Away,” a hit by country star Carrie Underwood that was written by Tompkins and his frequent co-writer, Josh Kear.
White said the win was “just as surreal this time around.”
“An incredible privilege to win in a category honoring songs in film,” White stated via text message. “It was a dream come true to create something specifically for the cinema. A heartfelt thanks to Taylor (Swift) and T Bone (Burnett) for providing the opportunity and the Academy for the hardware.”
The Civil Wars were featured in the song with Swift. It was in the hit motion picture “The Hunger Games.”
The Civil Wars won for best country duo/group performance and best folk album for “Barton Hollow in 2012. The duo and Swift also were nominated this year under Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Safe & Sound,” but did not win.
Tompkins said he was surprised to win, due to the incredible competition.
“There were some great songs in our category, however, I really wanted to win,” he stated in a text message. “So when they called our song out it was a very happy, intense, exciting and crazy moment.
“I just started hugging people. Then I ran to the stage and tried to speak. I couldn’t get anything out that made sense other than some words about my wife that were very truthful and heartfelt. It was another amazing moment. I didn’t expect to win, and looking back, I guess that was the thing that made it special.”
In 2008, Tompkins and Kear picked up their first Grammy for Best Country Song for “Before He Cheats,” which also was a hit for Underwood.
The Alabama Shakes from Athens was nominated for Best New Artist and Best Rock Performance for “Hold On,” a track from their debut album “Boys & Girls.”
Fun. won two major awards, winning song of the year for the transcendent anthem “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae, and best new artist.
Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys appeared headed to an overall win on music’s biggest night with four wins, including producer of the year. Gotye, Jay-Z and Kanye West had three wins — sharing one award with Ocean — along with Skrillex, and a slew of nominees had two wins apiece, including former best new artist winner Esperanza Spalding.
“We Are Young” helped Fun. earn a starring role at these Grammys with nominations in all four major categories after the release of their first album, matched only by Christopher Cross in 1981, and six overall.
Other winners included Rihanna, Beyonce, Mumford & Sons and Taylor Swift, who opened the show as the Mad Hatter. Swift dressed in white top hat, tails, shorts and tall boots during the version of her hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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