Country singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett took home his first Billboard Music Award at the 2016 BBMAs. He won Top Country Song for his hit “Die A Happy Man,” a track that’s reached the No. 1 spot on the Hot Country Songs, Country Airplay, Country Digital Songs and Country Streaming Songs Billboard charts.
Thomas opened up to Fault Magazine about what it meant to win an award for this song at the 2016 BBMAs.
“It was pretty cool, man. I’d never been to the Billboards before; I’ve always just gone to awards shows that were strictly country music. To be with that many massive superstars from so many different types of genres was crazy. You know, getting to win Top Country Song in front of those kinds of people was a really cool moment,” told Fault Magazine. “And because ‘Die A Happy Man’ was so special and personal to me, to win an award like that was something that I’ll never forget.”
“Die A Happy Man” is a song Thomas wrote about his relationship with his wife, Lauren. She even stars alongside Thomas in the track’s music video.
“It was inspired with her [my wife] really wanting me to to write sweeter songs in general. ‘Just to See You Smile’ by Tim McGraw was sort of the example that she gave, and so we [my co-writers and I] went on the road one weekend, and we were attempting to write songs, and ‘Die a Happy Man’ was kind of what came out of that thought process. When we wrote it it was very, very personal about our marriage and pretty much every line was very detailed about our life,” Thomas told iHeartRadio. “With the success that it’s had, I think that’s the most special part.”
Thomas has a connection to another award-winning artist inspired by “Tim McGraw”— he’s signed to the same record label as Taylor Swift, Big Machine Records. He also opened up to Fault how he ended up inking the deal.
“I went through about a year of playin’ nothin’ but showcases for record labels and really tryin’ to get a record deal. And Scott Borchetta of Big Machine, who was also the guy who signed Taylor Swift, had me into his office. I played him a few songs, and I guess the songs impressed him because he offered me a record deal that day,” Thomas revealed. “It’s been almost four years since I signed that deal, and I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Check out the full list of 2016 winners here.