He joins AC/DC, Madonna, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran as the first artists to be revealed for the 57th annual show, taking place Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Church is up for four awards this year: Best country solo performance and best country song (“Give Me Back My Hometown”), best country duo/group performance (“Raise ‘Em Up” with Keith Urban) and best country album (The Outsiders).
Kenneth Eric Church (born May 3, 1977), known professionally as Eric Church, is an American country music singer-songwriter. Signed to Capitol Records since 2005, he has since released a total of four studio albums for that label. His debut album, 2006’s Sinners Like Me, produced four singles on the Billboard country charts including the Top 20 hits “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me.” His second album, 2009’s Carolina, produced three more singles: “Smoke a Little Smoke” and his first Top 10 hits, “Love Your Love the Most” and “Hell on the Heart.” 2011’s Chief, his first No. 1 album, includes the singles “Homeboy,” “Creepin’“, and “Like Jesus Does“. This album also gave him his first two No.1 hits in “Drink in My Hand,” and “Springsteen” in January and June 2012. “The Only Way I Know“, which he and Jason Aldean along with Luke Bryan recorded together on Aldean’s album Night Train, went on to become his third number one in early 2013. A fourth album, The Outsiders, was released in February 2014. It became his second No.1 album on the charts early in that same year. It also includes four new singles in its title track, “Give Me Back My Hometown” (which became his fourth number one on the Country Airplay chart), “Cold One“, and “Talladega“, all released in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
He’s been nominated three times for Grammy awards in the past but has yet to win. This will be his first Grammy performance.
In related news, Church broke the attendance record at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (Jan. 10) with 18,411 fans.