The folk star reflected on his weekend at the 66th annual Grammy Awards and his best new artist nomination in a post on Instagram on Monday
The rising folk star, 27, took to Instagram on Tuesday to reflect on Sunday’s 2024 Grammy Awards and how honored he was to be nominated for best new artist. Although the gramophone ended up going to Victoria Monét, the Stick Season artist had nothing but positive things to say about what a “privilege of a lifetime” it was to be at the award show.
Kahan shared a thoughtful, lengthy message to fans along with a carousel of photos from his weekend in Los Angeles for the ceremony. He posted a series of shots of himself getting ready, including a fun one of him jumping on his hotel room bed, one smiling next to his friends and mother, Lauri Berkenkamp, who was his date to the award show, and posing with fellow best new artist nominees Gracie Abrams and Jelly Roll, among others.
After joking that the amount of hairspray he used made it hard for him to “catch [his] breath for long enough to realize [he] was experiencing” the Grammys, he opened up about how significant it felt to have been recognized.
“It was the privilege of a lifetime to be there, to be a part of it,” the “She Calls Me Back” singer wrote. “To feel deserving of something so great was a real challenge, but with all of your support and the support of my team, and my loved ones, I feel like I did grow in confidence and finally feel proud of myself.”
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Kahan then sweetly gave a shout-out to best new artist winner Monét, 34. “I am so proud of and excited for Victoria Monét deserved winning, and you could tell how much it meant to her,” he said. “That is all you can hope for for somebody else; to watch them live out their dreams if only to be reminded that dreams do come true, and that magic exists.”
Kahan also shared a thoughtful note to the rest of the performers who were up for best new artist, including Abrams, Fred again.., Ice Spice, Jelly Roll, Coco Jones and The War and Treaty: “To Victoria and my other fellow nominees, you are MAGIC. Every single one of you was deserving, and you handle your lives and careers with such grace.”
The musician continued by writing candidly about how positive he sees the experience, despite not taking home a gramophone. Kahan shared, “If you know me, you know I am very competitive and so of course it hurts to lose out on an award, or to feel like I’ve failed in some way. The truth is though, that this was not a failure. It has been a celebration.”
Kahan added, “It’s been a celebration of what we have achieved together, of all of the beautiful moments we’ve shared this year. It’s been a postage stamp and a ribbon put on this absolute gift of a journey.”
In addition to thanking his team and fans who cheered him on ahead of the Grammys and “over these last 8 years,” he wrapped up his message with an uplifting note: “Someday we will be back, and I know you’ll still be by my side.”
Before Kahan got all of his thoughts out in Tuesday’s Instagram post, he shared a brief note on his Instagram Story on Monday thanking fans for their support on social media and expressing a “HUGE congrats” to the “On My Mama” artist.
His friend and collaborator Zach Bryan, whom he worked with on the country star's 2023 track "Sarah's Place," also shared a post on X (formerly Twitter) showing his support following his best new artist loss. "Noah Kahan robbed," he posted shortly after the awards ceremony on Sunday.
Monét won the coveted best new artist award, as well as best R&B album, at the Grammys following her efforts with her breakthrough studio debut album Jaguar II. The rising performer, who for years got her start writing songs for stars like Ariana Grande, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and Fifth Harmony, spoke about how the “award was a 15-year pursuit” in her acceptance speech.
Kahan’s best new artist nod was his first-ever Grammy nomination, coming off the heels of a major past two years in which he found massive success with the 2022 release of his third studio album Stick Season.
This year, the Americana artist will set out on his biggest tour to date. He’ll soon head to the U.K. and Europe for a series of shows and then hit the road across North America for a 32-date run, which includes his first headlining stadium shows, from March until July.
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