T.J. of Brothers Osborne on the love he's received since coming out: 'Life did need to change for me'

The duo won a GRAMMY for Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Brothers Osborne
Photo credit (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

This may come as a surprise to you, but when you win a GRAMMY, the trophy that you hold up on stage and in photo ops isn’t the one you get to take home.

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Brothers Osborne joined Audacy’s David and Kelli backstage at Stagecoach and revealed that the trophy of the GRAMMY they won for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for their song “Younger Me” isn’t in their possession yet.

“It is in production, hopefully.” John Osborne said. T.J. Osborne gave a little more insight into the process. “They ship it to you, you don’t get to take them home with you,” he said. “I was really wanting to take the dummy GRAMMY home with me.”

Still, the wait is ultimately worth it. “When you get awards and you get to open them up months later, you get to relive that moment again. The surprise when it shows up in the mail, it never gets old,” T.J. said.

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In February 2021, T.J. publicly came out as gay and with over a year since that moment, he reflect on how much life has changed for him. “It has changed quite a bit in a very positive way,” he said. “Life did need to change for me. And it did. It got to a breaking point where I was dealing with a lot of turmoil and some of the people who knew that were having to deal with that unfortunately. It was just time.”

“I think all of us spend a long time trying to figure out how to love ourselves and I finally got to a place where I accepted who I was and loved who I’d become,” he continued.

“I just knew there was nothing in the world that I would want to trade that for. Especially after feeling the love that I’d felt since then and just being able to talk very freely and openly. Never having to navigate conversations and to avoid certain topics now is just incredibly freeing. I hope it inspires other people out there. I can say, even selfishly, I really had to do it for myself.”

Recently, John celebrated his 40th birthday with a massive surprise party that has quite the origin story. He was told that they were playing a show in Duluth, MN, which is 15 hours away from Nashville. “Nothing wrong with Duluth, but it’s 15 hours from Nashville. We better be making so much money that I could pay my house off,” John said.

During the ride, their manager informed John that they were getting pulled over and had to get off the bus. “You have to remember that I was dressed for a 15 hour car ride,” he said. Turns out… Brothers Osborne was not playing a show in Duluth.

“I open the door and our entire family was at TJ’s house, our friends, I feel like every person I’ve met in my life was there,” he said. “It was incredible, it was emotional.”

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