Hillary Scott recalls sitting amid “a lot of really sad hearts” on Grammy night.
The female member of the country-music trio Lady Antebellum, just honored with their seventh Grammy (Country Album of the Year for “Own the Night,” their second award in that category), had a palpable sense of the mourning of Whitney Houston that evening. “You felt it, and you saw it,” Scott tells Zap2it of the grieving over the talent whose funeral will be held Saturday (Feb. 18) in Newark, N.J.
“When Jennifer Hudson performed, she just pulled your heart out, it was so gorgeous. I just think music will never be the same. It’s just like when any huge legend passes; luckily, we have their voices and their music and their records that will live on forever, but it was such a tragic loss. And she was so young. There’s a hole in the heart of music, that’s really the best way I can put it.
“She was the type of artist where that hole will never be filled by anybody else,” Scott adds. “She has her own piece of real estate, and she will forever have it. There was a sadness at the Grammys, for sure … but at the same time, it was a celebration of her life and accomplishments, and what in my opinion was her supernatural ability to sing. That’s how I want angels to sing in heaven, like she did.”
Now on tour with her Lady Antebellum partners, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood — with whom she’s now up for five Academy of Country Music Awards (including Vocal Group of the Year), with CBS set to telecast the 47th annual edition of the event Sunday, April 1 — newlywed Scott returns to her native Nashville for a concert Wednesday (Feb. 22).
“I think the comfort is that you get to sleep in your own bed that night,” she reflects, “but the nervousness comes in because that’s when all your peers come out. A lot of the country-music industry lives in Nashville, so the microscope is on you a little bit more, but not really more than in other major cities like Chicago or Los Angeles.
“You want to play a great show in Nashville,” reasons Scott, the daughter of fellow country artist Linda Davis and musician Lang Scott. “The people there are always going to live shows, so you’d better make yours something they’ll talk about.”