Thomas Rhett: “The Stars Aligned”

Backstage Conversations From the CMA Awards

After Thomas Rhett‘s “Die a Happy Man” won single of the year honors at last week’s CMA Awards, he came backstage to talk about the honor.

“It feels amazing,” he said.

“I love taking risks. Sometimes though risks pan out terribly. ‘Vacation’ died at No. 33 on the charts, but who’s counting?

“‘Die a Happy Man’ was one of those that when I wrote it and sent it to my label, their response was, ‘This is a career record.’ I was like, ‘Why do you think that?’ I think the stars aligned.”

And because he and his wife Lauren share so much about their marriage on social media, letting fans see their personal lives as well as their professional ones, he said he was glad the song meant so much to so many.

“I think this song transcended to the fans,” he said. “A lot of people use it as their wedding song, boyfriends tried to woo girls to try to get them to date them. … It just all lined up.”

He intends on building a special spot in his home for the CMA Award crystal trophy, which is a little out of character for him.

“I’m kinda not one of those people that likes to put up trophies in my house, because I don’t want my mom to come be like, ‘Hey, you’re full of yourself,'” he said. “But this one is special.”

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