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Trace Adkins Probably Won’t Be Going to the Grammys This Year

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Country star Trace Adkins is not afraid to say what he thinks. The Grammy Awards take place on Sunday, Feb. 13, and Adkins is nominated or Best Country Collaboration With Vocals for his song ‘Hillbilly Bone,’ a duet with Blake Shelton.  But when  CNN asked if he would be attending the show, the singer’s response was not so positive: “Probably not. I’ve been before. I went once.”

Sounding less than impressed, Adkins went on, “I was nominated, I went, and it seemed to me to be a competition of who has the biggest bodyguard. That’s all it was.” When asked if he too had his own bodyguard, the dry-humored country star replied, “No, and I was bigger than most of their bodyguards.”

In 2010, Adkins was nominated for a Grammy and went to the show. He told Canadian radio station CJDC , “I found out that they have two Grammy shows. I only thought they had one, and then I went out there and found out that the B-Team don’t get to go to the big show.”  He continued, “I had to go to the little show, which nobody was there … along with all the other polka bands and swing groups and jazz acts and us country guys, and then they called whoever won and nobody clapped.”

Adkins plays the Ryman in Nashville on Saturday night along with Toby Keith, and then his next stop is at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas for the Houston Rodeo.

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