Brandi Carlile has cemented her knack for winning Grammy awards. Sunday she tallied another win, her sixth after taking three in 2019 and two in 2020. This time, the local folk-country singer-songwriter took the award for Best Country Song for "Crowded Table," a release from the Highwomen (the supergroup Carlile heads). She shared the writing credit (and win) with Natalie Hemby and Lori McKenna.
Carlile, in her video acceptance speech, said she was "in complete shock" (really, though?) and that "we just wanted to see women in country music embraced." The song, aptly, is about women coming together to change stuff: "I want a house with a crowded table.... Let us take on the world while we're young and able." Women dominated the ceremony in general, with Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion, and H.E.R. taking top spots. And Beyoncé won her 28th award.
Carlile's was the only win for a Washingtonian, even though plenty were nominated, including Ken Jennings for Best Spoken Word Album (he recorded parts of Alex Trebek's memoir The Answer Is...) and Brandy Clark (from Morton, Lewis County) for Best Solo Country Performance and Best Country Album for her Your Life Is a Record. Carlile was actually nominated in another category, with long-time collaborators Phil and Tim Hanseroth, for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Here's the video for "Crowded Table."