Trainor took home the award for best new artist during the 58th annual Grammy Awards on Monday night, tearing up as she emotionally accepted the award that’s also been bestowed on John Legend, Carrie Underwood and Mariah Carey
Wiping away tears, the 22-year-old took the stage, declaring, “I’m a mess, I’m sorry.”
“I have to thank L.A. Reid for looking at me like an artist instead of just a songwriter,” she said through sobs. “Thank you, L.A. Reid and Epic Records, I love you so much …”
In the audience, dad Gary Trainor looked on proudly through teary eyes as the singer declared again, “I’m a mess. I have to go cry.”
She concluded, “Thank you to the Grammys, I love you so much.”
Trainor won over a truly original list of artists this year, including Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Sam Hunt and Tori Kelly.
This is me forever..balling my eyes out. Can’t believe what happened. My dad whispered “you made it” before I walked up and I lost it. I love my family so much. Without them I wouldn’t be here today. Thank you to my team and everyone who got me here. Gonna cry happy tears all night. AHHHHHH
A photo posted by Meghan Trainor (@meghan_trainor) on Feb 15, 2016 at 7:48pm PST
After her win, the singer took to Instagram to document the moment, posting a split image of herself and her father – both in tears – as she accepted her speech.
“This is me forever…balling my eyes out. Can’t believe what happened,” Trainor wrote. “My dad whispered ‘you made it’ before I walked up and I lost it. I love my family so much.
“Without them I wouldn’t be here today. Thank you to my team and everyone who got me here. Gonna cry happy tears all night. AHHHHHH”
The best new artist category is often one of the most confusing, as nominees like Trainor are well-known by the time they earn the nod. The Grammys makes their selection based on when an artist’s “public identity” first emerges.