Why Brad Paisley’s Parents Have His Awards

He Explains Why He Stores the Trophies Elsewhere

When a guy like Brad Paisley has been making music and winning awards for more than 15 years, don’t you always wonder where he stores his vast collection of trophies from the CMA, ACM, Grammys and CMT Music Awards?

He’s won so many over the years, I’ve lost count. Does he have some kind of an awards room in his house? Or are they in the basement in a big box marked “Brad’s awards”?

Neither. They are resting comfortably inside his parents’ house.

In his recent interview with industry publication Country Aircheck, Paisley says he keeps the trophies there on purpose.

“I don’t like to look back,” he says. “I love the next challenge and don’t keep awards. There are a few that are really important, but my parents have most of them. … If you make the mistake of looking back too much, you aren’t focused enough on the road in front of you.”

Then again, he also admits he’s not much of an end-of-life planner.

“I’m one of those people that hasn’t thought that far ahead,” he said. “I try to make sure my family’s in good shape, but I don’t have a master plan for how this winds down.”

Since he’s only been at it since 1999, when his debut album Who Needs Pictures heralded to the world that this new guy was here to stay, I don’t think Paisley needs to worry about winding down any time soon.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.
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