Eric Church Recalls His Grammys Stand-Off with Kathy Griffin

PHOTO: Eric Church poses for a portrait in Chicago, Nov. 19, 2014. | Kathy Griffin in in Pasadena, Calif., Jan. 15, 2015.Getty Images
Eric Church poses for a portrait during I'll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples at Auditorium Theatre, Nov. 19, 2014, in Chicago. | Kathy Griffin arrives at NBCUniversal's 2015 Winter TCA Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa, Jan. 15, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif.

Eric Church should have an incredible seat in the audience at this Sunday's Grammy Awards, as he's nominated for four trophies and is performing in the show.

However, seating turned out to be a big problem during his first trip to the Grammys back in 2012, when, due to some mix up, comedian Kathy Griffin was sitting in his seat just as his category, Best Country Album, was about to be announced.

"We had a little standoff. You know, first Grammys," Church told ABC News. "My wife and I ended up having to sit in the aisle right before they did the nominees for Country Album, which would have been great if we won, 'cause then they would've had to pan over to Kathy Griffin and us sitting in the aisle."

Church laughs about the situation now, and he's definitely looking forward to taking part in the all-genre show. He'll join Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark and Dwight Yoakam among the country performers on Sunday night's Grammy Awards.

"I think the biggest thing for me is I’ve been a big advocate of music without walls and barriers and restraint, and that’s what the Grammys are," he explained. "That’s what that room is. There’s every genre in there. All genres, not just the popular, commercial ones, but all of ‘em."

Performing on the Grammy Awards has been a dream of his for a long time now, and he plans to make the most of the opportunity.

"It’s gonna be interesting to see how it goes," he said. "[It's] kind of nerve-wracking, but I’m looking forward to it."

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