One of the most requested songs on The Nite Lite, Need You Now, performed by Lady Antebellum is Grammy nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Check out the history of this song…
Need You Now was co-written by Lady Antebellum and Josh Kear, and produced by the trio along with Paul Worley. It serves as the lead-off single and title track to their second studio album, Need You Now, which was released on January 26, 2010. The song was their debut single in the UK and Europe and was released on April 26, 2010. The lyrics describe placing a call to someone in the middle of the night due to being lonely and longing for companionship. Hillary Scott commented on the song, saying that “All three of us know what it’s like to get to that point where you feel lonely enough that you make a late night phone call that you very well could regret the next day.” Charles Kelley told The Boot that “After we had the chorus, we started toying with the idea- what if now, from a man’s perspective, he comes in and says his part? We were a little worried though, about that one line: ‘It’s a quarter after one, and I’m a little drunk…’ . We were wondering if it was OK to say that.” The band’s record executives initially had concerns regarding using the lyrics, but they convinced the executives to leave the content in the song.
The song spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in late 2009. Thereafter, “Need You Now” crossed over onto various pop and adult contemporary music charts, becoming a top five hit in Canada, Ireland, and New Zealand, as well as a top ten hit in the Netherlands and Norway. The song won Single of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards, as well as Group Video of the Year at the 2010 CMT Music Awards. For the chart week of March 30, 2010, the song became the group’s highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 2, the best position for a country song on that chart since Taylor Swift’s “Today Was a Fairytale” reached the same position the previous month. The single has been certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).