Billy Strings made his long-awaited Grammys debut at Sunday’s ceremony where he was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album (Renewal) and Best American Roots Performance (“Love And Regret“). Though Billy did not leave this most recent event a winner, anyone who tuned in for his performance and red carpet appearance surely did.
Prior to his rooftop performance from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Billy strutted his stuff on the red carpet alongside industry stars like Billie Eilish, Olivia Rodrigo, Jon Batiste, and many more. Despite winning Best Bluegrass Album in 2021 for Home, this marked Strings’ first appearance at the ceremony as last year’s awards were closed to everyone except presenters and performers.
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The 29-year-old singer-songwriter was a man of relatively few words during his red carpet interview—that is, until he was asked whether he had any “pre-show rituals.”
“Yeah, lots of ’em… You know, I don’t want to talk about them on TV, though,” he said before the hosts nervously pulled the plug and sent him on his way.
Billy Strings Red Carpet Interview | 2022 GRAMMYs
Far from the glitz and glamour of the red carpet, Billy was in his element as he, Billy Failing (banjo), Royal Masat (bass), and Jarrod Walker (mandolin) performed “Hide & Seek” from the roof. Taken from the Grammy-nominated Renewal, the song clocks in at 9:25 studio but Billy trimmed it down to just under eight minutes for his big TV spot.
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Though audiences watching from home saw only the song’s instrumental introduction and closing chorus, those lucky few in attendance in Las Vegas got the full Billy Strings appearance. Rather than being forced to perform one of his more traditional songs due to time constraints like on Kimmel, this performance of “Hide & Seek” used what was possibly the biggest stage of his career thus far to show the world what he’s doing with the bluegrass genre.
Billy Strings – “Hide & Seek” – 4/3/22