Maren Morris Heeds Songwriter’s Personal Advice

Grammy Nominee Is Grateful for Support

Not that she ever would have been difficult to deal with, but country newcomer Maren Morris is making sure she heeds the very good advice she got from one of Nashville’s kindest hitmakers.

“Natalie Hemby, a big writer in Nashville, told me, ’Don’t be an asshole on the way up and don’t be an asshole on the way down,'” Morris told Billboard in a new story about the handful of hopefuls in the Grammy’s coveted best new artist category for 2017.

Morris also revealed who she would thank during her acceptance speech if she did win.

“The first people I’m going to thank are my parents because they’re basically God to me. They busted their asses driving me around Texas to every honky-tonk and Opry show. Otherwise, I’m going to get a phone call,” she said.

In the past decade, Sam Hunt, Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift have all been nominated for the best new artist Grammy, but the only country artists who have taken that golden gramophone trophy home are Carrie Underwood in 2007 the Zac Brown Band in 2010.

Morris addressed that as well, saying that it’s rare to see a country artist get recognition in the best new artist, album of the year and song of the year categories.

“I think the pool of voters listen more to pop and R&B and hip-hop. Those seem to be the major contenders,” she said.